Can I get Pregnant at Age 44?

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1. Getting Pregnant In Your Forties

Many women decide that they want to get pregnant when they are in their forties. Whether they already have children or not, women in their forties can feel better prepared to take on the giant role that is motherhood once their careers, relationships and financial situations have stabilized in their forties. However, there is much to know about getting pregnant in your forties, and women should not go into such a battle uninformed. Let’s get familiar with the facts.

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2. The Odds

Getting pregnant in your forties is nothing like getting pregnant in your twenties. We all know that women are born with a set number of eggs, and that the body uses up the best eggs first. By the time a woman reaches 40, her eggs are beginning to decline and the remaining eggs could be the ones with chromosomal abnormalities.

This is why women see such a dramatic drop in fertility once they reach somewhere around 40 years of age. When a woman is around 40, she will only have about a 5 percent chance of getting pregnant naturally with her own eggs.

at-40-womens-eggs-are-beginning-to-decline-and-the-remaining-eggs-could-be-the-ones-with-chromosomal-abnormalitiesThat number just continues to decline from there, and there are literally no cases of a woman getting pregnant naturally using her own eggs after age 45. This just goes to show how quickly fertility declines after age 40, and how women need to be mindful of their biological clock when they are deciding when to try to conceive.

3. What To Do

While this may sound depressing, this does not mean that women in their forties have no hope when it comes to conceiving. Many women are able to become mothers at age 40 and beyond, but it does sometimes take a bit more work and thinking outside the box.

The options for women who want to become a mom after age 40 include things like IUI, ICSI, IVF, donor eggs, and gestational surrogates, not to mention adoption. Of course, all of these options are expensive, and can be used with varying degrees of success. It is so important for women in their forties to seek help from their doctor or a fertility specialist immediately if they decide that they want to get pregnant.

some-women-are-still-able-to-become-mothers-at-age-40-and-beyondTime is really of the essence when you are talking about getting pregnant in your forties. It is not impossible, and there are actually many options out there for women who wish to get pregnant at this age, but it’s definitely something to be informed about and something to go into with an open mind.

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Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.