10 Ways to Get Pregnant After 40

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There are many reasons why a couple waits until they are older to become pregnant. Many are waiting to establish their careers and become settled in their lives before they decide to have children and others have waited until they are older to become married. Some couples have even been trying for many years to become pregnant and have been so far unsuccessful.

Regardless of the reason why a couple has waited, there are ways that women are able to become pregnant after they turn 40. Although it may be more difficult and there may be more risks involved, women over 40 become pregnant quite regularly. Below are the top 10 ways that can help you become pregnant after you reach the age of 40.

1. Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements are great options when you’re trying to become pregnant. There are many on the shelves throughout your pharmacy and you will find that there are many options both for men and women. You should talk your doctor before you begin using them, however, because they sometimes will not work well with existing fertility treatments.


2. Monitoring Ovulation

When you are over the age of 40, it is extremely important that you monitor your ovulation cycle. By understanding when the best time to have intercourse is, you will be able to increase your chances of becoming pregnant.


3. Find a Fertility Specialist

More than likely, you will end up needing a fertility doctor to help you become pregnant. If this is the case, you should make sure that you find a specialist that is high quality and offers the best treatment options in your area.


4. Take Care of Health Problems

If you have some health conditions, such as endometriosis or other issues that might affect your reproductive system, is important that you take care of these before you begin trying to conceive. Many of these items will make it nearly impossible to become pregnant so it is important to take care of them early on in the conception process.


5. Correct your Lifestyle Issues

Items like smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking drugs, will greatly affect your ability to become pregnant. It is best to avoid these items while you’re trying to conceive and to get rid of any other lifestyle issues that may make it more difficult to become pregnant as well.


6. Lose Weight

Weight is a huge issue for couples who are trying to conceive and it makes it less likely that you will be able to come pregnant if you are overweight. For women who are over the age of 40, weight can be the deciding factor when it comes to becoming pregnant and you should work to maintain a healthy weight during this time.


7. Get your Partner’s Health Checked Out

Keep in mind that your partner needs to be healthy as well. There are many things that he can do to improve the quality the sperm and it is important that you look into these items have a conversation with your doctor about them.


8. Consider the Alternatives

You may also want to think about what alternatives you have when you’re trying to become pregnant after 40. Many women are not able to become pregnant naturally after this age, but they are able to use donor eggs and become pregnant in this manner.


9. Eat Healthy

Most people know that you should eat healthy while you are pregnant, but it is also important to eat healthy while you’re trying to become pregnant. Make sure that you are eating the right types of foods so that you have the right nutrients in your body to give you the chance you need to become pregnant naturally. You also should take a prenatal vitamin during this time as well.


10. Get Rid of Stress

Stress can be a huge issue for people who are trying to become pregnant and by eliminating it you may have a better chance of becoming pregnant in the near future. It’s a good idea to work with some stress reducing activities so that you can reduce as much stress as possible from your life.


11. Conclusion

Becoming pregnant after 40 is becoming more and more popular. With this growing need to become pregnant after this age, there becomes a desire to learn more about things that can help you become pregnant later in life. If you follow the tips listed above, you will have a better chance of becoming pregnant and having a child of your own.

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Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.