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Pregnancy After 40 Is Not Dangerous If You Take Necessary Precautions

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, November 07, 2007 | 0 comments

Pregnancy after 40 is quite normal nowadays due to the desire for career advancement and many other factors. Pregnancy over 40 need not be dangerous and there is nothing to be afraid of, if you follow a healthy lifestyle and avoid tension throughout the pregnancy wheel and take proper precautions in all the pregnancy stages. However, getting pregnant over 40 is best avoided.

Pregnancy after 40 might appear to be a difficult and dangerous proposition, as there are so many misconceptions about it. However, there are many successful instances to prove that getting pregnant over 40 will not necessarily be unsuccessful and that a perfectly normal delivery is likely, most of the time. All that you need to do is to heed a few good advices that are, in any case, applicable to all pregnancies. The essential requirements are that you should have a healthy diet, keep your weight under control, take plenty of rest, consume a lot of water, and be relaxed. In order to be able to cope with the problems during and after the pregnancy wheel, you should read plenty of good books and articles regarding pregnancy and try to gain as much knowledge as possible. You should also develop a positive attitude towards your pregnancy after 40 and be fully prepared for any eventuality.

Fear Is Your Worst Enemy

Fear arises out of lack of knowledge and it can prove to be your worst enemy during all your pregnancy stages. Moreover, there is so much negative information going around that having apprehensions regarding premature delivery, gestational diabetes, miscarriage or a c-section is quite normal. You might even be imagining that your baby will be born with birth defects or abnormalities. The best way to tackle these apprehensions is to read a lot and get the right information, so that all your fears regarding pregnancy after 40 are dispelled.

Another way of getting rid of your apprehensions, is to go in for additional tests apart from the normal urine, blood and other prenatal tests. If you have pregnancy after 40, you can get your doctor to check for birth defects. Chorionic Villus Sampling and Amniocentsis are two such tests and if you get normal results, you can rest assured that your pregnancy after 40 is quite normal.

Adverse Reactions from Friends and Family Members

It is quite possible that the news regarding your pregnancy after 40 will elicit adverse reactions in the form of a curt remark or a disapproving gesture from your friends or family members. You should be prepared for these reactions and, in fact, you can make it clear to them that it is your life and you can take any decision that you like. You would do well to avoid meeting such people, as you might be having emotional highs and lows due to the hormonal changes during the pregnancy wheel and you can certainly do without additional stress. On the other hand, if you have pregnancy after 40, you should take plenty of rest and celebrate the impending arrival of your baby.

There are many reasons for pregnancy over 40 – the primary one being career considerations. However, it is advisable to balance out your career aspirations and your family life and let nature take its own course at the right time. You should avoid stress, eat healthy food, and have the strength to admit that you are what you are and that you do not need to prove anything. You need not be afraid of pregnancy after 40 but it is best avoided.

There are many misconceptions doing round about the feasibility of pregnancy after 40. Pregnancy over 40 is a tough decision and there are possibilities of pregnancy complications. When you decide in favor of getting pregnant over 40, seek the advice of doctor beforehand and follow that in all pregnancy stages to enjoy a happy and healthy pregnancy. Log on to pregnancy for more information and reading on late pregnancy and other pregnancy information.


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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