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It´s Never Too Late! Pregnancy After 40

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, February 16, 2008 | 0 comments

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It is happening! Pregnancy after 40 is no more as rare as it used to be. Congratulations, if you have also conceived. It is not an easy journey when you get pregnant after the age of 40. There are extra precautions to be taken, more tests to be carried out, and there is always the fear of some thing going wrong.

Miscarriage, premature delivery, delivering a baby with a genetic defect and the list goes on and on. To top it all you have to put up with comments and questions from your ´well meaning´ friends and relatives. But believe in yourself, pray, and read the right kind of books. This will help you through the various stages.

Reasons For Pregnancy Over 40

Maybe you were career-oriented and feared that child rearing will come in the way, or you may have had a late marriage. Divorce and remarriage could be yet another reason. Maybe you were undergoing infertility treatment. Maybe even a psychological buildup due to a neglected childhood affected your decision to have a baby earlier on in life. Now it is anyways not the time to ponder over the reasons but to go ahead and do whatever possible to nurture your unborn baby.

Getting pregnant over 40 is difficult as the reproductive capacity slowly decreases after 35. If you are one of those who are trying to balance a high stress job and your pregnancy, I am telling you that you are only adding to your risks. Take up something less stressful and yet fulfilling. Eat healthy, avoid alcohol and caffeine. Have reasonable physical activity and take adequate rest. Try to practice meditation.

Prenatal Tests

You should undergo all the routine blood, urine and blood pressure tests. In addition, you can opt to get additional tests done as applicable for late pregnancies. These tests are done to detect defects like Down´s syndrome. Although not fully accurate, a normal result can be a great relief. If the results are not good, prepare for the arrival of a baby with special needs. You can also decide not to get these additional tests done. The risks involved in getting pregnant above the age of 40 are similar to that of a late after the age of 35 but are definitely more pronounced. Gain more insight on the subject by reading books. Get yourself a pregnancy wheel to keep track of your progress.

Social Aspects Of Pregnancy After 40

Whom all to tell and when to tell that you are pregnant? As you missed your period and felt the early symptoms, you must have already told your partner. After the medical tests confirm that you are pregnant, you may want to confide in one or two of your friends and relatives. Since it is a pregnancy over the age of 40, you might want to wait till the end of the first trimester also. If the additional prenatal tests are normal, you may feel more confidence in telling others. In any case, be prepared for some disapproving comments. Maintain your calm and peace. Let your pregnancy after 40 be safe for you and your baby.

Congratulations for getting
pregnant over 40. If you are worried over what others will say, don´t. Although, you have to be extra cautious as the risks increase, there is no reason why you should not enjoy your pregnancy. Get the required prenatal tests done and maintain a healthy routine throughout your pregnancy, study the pregnancy wheel for the different pregnancy stages, and all will be great.


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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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