There’s no avoiding it – getting pregnant at 40 is different from getting pregnant in your 20s and 30s as you have to have a different approach and you need to be more strategic about the steps you take.
At the clinic we see many women who are 40 and over who do go on to get pregnant and have a baby. So how do you increase your chances of success? In this week’s episode of The Fertility Show, I’m sharing my 5 tips for getting pregnant at 40.
And as always, here is my cheat sheet with all the information that you need:
Tip 1: Measure your egg reserves
The higher your egg reserves, the better the chances are for you to conceive. The Zita West Fertility Home Test Kit has been specially developed to help you get a better understanding of your reproductive status and potential, including your likely responsiveness to IVF, providing you with a unique opportunity to consider the most important aspects of your health, medical history and lifestyle which can impact on your chances of conceiving successfully. Doing this gives you more of an informed choice and helps you plan in terms of what your next steps are.
Tip 2: Have more sex
A lot of women that I see aged 40 and over just aren’t having enough sex. For some, they’ve been in a relationship for a long time, or for others they’re stressed and just really, really busy with their jobs and travelling, etc. But the thing is, your 6 day fertile window is just the same if you’re 40, as it is when you’re 30 so take advantage of that. You need to be having sex at least three times a week.
Tip 3: Try acupuncture
Acupuncture can help with blood flow to the ovaries which means more oxygen, more nutrients and more help developing the follicles. It may also help with stress and beta-endorphin release, which means a greater sense of relaxation and wellbeing! It really can give you that bit of extra support that you need, and be that one thing that you have control over to help improve the process.
Tip 4: Learn to manage your stress
So many of the women that I see at 40 have got responsible jobs and a lot of stress that comes with that. They’re working long hours and they’re incredibly tired and, on top of that, trying for a baby as well sends them into a bit of panic. It’s essential that you learn to manage your stress before even trying to get pregnant. Find the stress-management techniques that work for you and ensure that you add them into your daily routine. This may be yoga, meditation, swimming, running or just taking a long bath – try different things out and select whichever works best.
Tip 5: Be strategic in your approach
Getting pregnant at 40 is very different from getting pregnant in your 20s or 30s, so I really advise my patients to be strategic and have to plan. So many couples see getting pregnant as a challenge. But they focus so much on getting to the finish line, they forget to enjoy the journey! Of course, getting pregnant requires time, effort commitment. And more often than not, there will be obstacles along the way. But you’d be surprised how planning ahead can ease your mindset and make the process just that little bit easier.
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