Trying to Conceive After Age 35

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1. Waiting To Conceive

It’s very common these days for women to wait until later in life to get pregnant and start a family. Women are spending more time developing their education, careers, and relationships, and aren’t always ready to start a family in their twenties.

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Getting pregnant later in life is perfect for some women, but there are also some concerns and difficulties that might come along with getting pregnant after age 30. Once a woman hits age 35, in particular, getting pregnant might become a little more difficult. Let’s explore some of the issues surrounding getting pregnant after age 35.

2. Conceiving Is Harder

As you probably already know, every woman is born with a set number of eggs. Once those eggs are gone, there is no way to get more and no way to get them back. When it’s done, it’s done. When a woman gets close to age 35, it is likely that she is probably nearing the end of her egg supply as well.

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As the body uses up the best and most viable eggs first, the eggs that are remaining near age 35 might not be of the best quality. Once women near age 35, they begin to have cycles occasionally, where an egg is not released at all. This can make conception more difficult and can also make it take longer to get pregnant after 35.

3. Greater Chance of Problems With Baby

Due to the fact that the eggs around age 35 are often not of the highest quality, there is a greater chance of having a baby with a birth defect or a chromosomal abnormality. For example, for women over 35, the chance of having a baby with Down Syndrome is 1 in 378. This is compared to a risk of 1 in 1250 for women age 25.

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Likewise, women aged 35-45 have around a 25-30% chance of miscarrying, compared to around a 12% chance for women aged 25. This is why quality, regular prenatal care is of the utmost importance if you are going to be getting pregnant after age 35.

4. Greater Chance of Problems with Mom

There are also increased risks for women over 35 who get pregnant as well, not just risks to their babies. Older moms to be are more likely to have pregnancy related problems like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm labor, and more.

It is very imporOlder-moms-to-be-are-more-likely-to-have-pregnancy-related-problems-like-preeclampsia-gestational-diabetes-preterm-labor-and-moretant for pregnant women over 35 (and all pregnant women for that matter) to be closely monitored by their doctor to look for risk factors for these pregnancy complications.

5. What To Do

If you are over 35 and want to get pregnant, please know that it is not impossible. It might be a little more difficult, but many women get pregnant and have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies after age 35.

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If you are wanting to get pregnant after 35, take some time to talk with your doctor about your options and what the best choice will be for you. Stay in close contact during your conception journey with your doctor. Ask for advice, and make sure to do whatever your doctor says to improve your chances of getting pregnant after age 35.

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.