Becoming a parent is a dream for many, but sometimes due to career choices or relationships not working out, many women find it difficult to have children at early age. However, the odds of getting pregnant are much lower as women age, and after 45, it is practically impossible to get pregnant with own eggs. Getting pregnant after 40 can be quite discouraging and daunting task form many women as there are many misconceptions regarding starting a family late in life. Though the trends are changing, there are definitely many advantages of conceiving at the early age.
Folic acid is a form of folate that helps reduce the risk of birth defects that can affect the spinal cord and brain, hence as per recommendations by FDA, all women over 40 who are trying to conceive must take folic acid supplements to reduce the chances of serious birth defects. Taking drugs, alcohol and smoking reduce the chances of getting pregnant and may also lead to premature birth, miscarriages and low-birth weight babies. Much like teenage pregnancy, older women find themselves overwhelmed with several concerns and questions regarding their condition, including how is the pregnancy going to affect her health, how the father of the baby feel, what will it be like to raise a child at this stage of life and how the new born will impact the career and retirement plans. Dealing with pregnancy later in life leaves woman with many mixed emotions.
Some of the most common feelings of a woman are denial, fear and frustration. Symptoms of pregnancy for older women are quite similar to those of pregnant woman of lesser age, and many women confuse it with early menopause. Some of the symptoms of both pregnancy and menopause are missed periods, fatigue, mood swings, frequent urination or incontinence and tender and painful breasts. To have a baby after 40, a woman will have to consider many aspects regarding raising a child including her lifestyle, impact on the existing family, her future plans, and her finances.
There are also some financial benefits associated with late conception, and researchers have found that women with more experience in the workplace before having babies tend to return to the work much earlier after the maternity leave. For a woman over the age of forty, amniocentesis test must be done, but this test could also cause the loss of fetus. High blood pressure, preterm labor, preeclampsia and diabetes are other health issues related to pregnancy after 40. Women who lead unhealthy lifestyle are likely to develop more complications during pregnancy and childbirth, and they will have to be carefully monitored by their health professional.
If the woman over 40 gets pregnant after tubal ligation reversal, close monitoring is essential for the healthy pregnancy.