Dr. Manika Khanna Founder, CEO & Chairperson in Gaudium IVF
If you’re in your 40s and thinking about having a baby, consider these factors and examine all of your alternatives, as recommended by an expert.
A successful pregnancy is influenced by several factors, one of which is the expectant mother’s age. Concerns about ideal health, overall well-being, and the body’s ability to maintain a new life accompany aging. As a result, before going on the route to motherhood, it’s critical to be aware of the options accessible to you for having a healthy and joyful pregnancy in your 40s. You can make the procedure go much more smoothly if you plan ahead of time.
When considering pregnancy in your 40s, keep the following factors in mind:
Good health is essential
It goes a long way to keep a healthy and fit body. Keep track of your sleep and eating patterns to ensure that your body gets the nutrition and rest it needs. Keep track of your menstrual periods as well, and pay attention to any anomalies or pauses. Before you take the plunge, make sure you have a gynaecological expert on your side, as they will be there to support you at all times. Early detection and treatment of abnormalities can help prevent a more serious infertility problem in the future. Finally, refrain from engaging in activities such as drinking, smoking, or drug addiction. To guarantee maximum health for conceiving and having a kid at any given time, you must eat well, exercise consistently, and manage stress levels.
IVF and other procedures are always available
Natural conception becomes more difficult as one gets older. Most women are in their mid- to late-thirties when they reach this age. Any couple in this age range or older who hasn’t been able to conceive despite repeated tries may be suffering from infertility, among other issues. A check-up or screening at this point can help to identify the specific impediment to conception so that it can be addressed. In certain circumstances, medication and lifestyle adjustments might alleviate the underlying issue, allowing the couple to conceive naturally. Natural conception, on the other hand, may not be an option in many circumstances.
There is still no need to be concerned in this situation because the medical business offers a variety of choices, such as IVF, to help with conception and pregnancy. In-Vitro Fertilisation, or IVF, is the most widely used method for artificial fertilisation. IVF is the safest and most comfortable approach to conceive with the help of a third party, with the best odds of a successful pregnancy. It entails fertilising an egg outside of the mother’s body and then implanting it in the womb so that the remainder of the pregnancy can proceed properly. This procedure has so far yielded positive outcomes for couples of all ages from all over the world that it is now a widely recommended way for overcoming infertility.
Surrogacy would be another option available to elderly women who desire to start a family. It refers to a woman carrying a pregnancy for an intended mother who is unable to carry the child because of a medical condition that prevents her from doing so. Surrogacy can be a quick and painless process if done appropriately.
While it was once thought that to have a safe pregnancy, you needed to plan your motherhood journey when you were younger, medical technology now allows us to give parents the power of choice. As IVF treatments improve, obstacles like infertility and advanced age no longer have the potential to derail your desire to become a parent. All a couple needs is the correct advice and treatment, and science can do everything it can to assist them in creating their ideal family.
If you’re not ready to get pregnant right now but want to make sure you can later, this could be a good alternative. Egg freezing is the process of extracting eggs from a woman and freezing them for later usage at sub-zero temperatures. The basic premise behind this method is that a younger egg is healthier and thus more likely to fertilise. As a result, freezing an egg at an early age can boost the likelihood of fertilisation years later.
The idea is nearly identical, with the exception that with embryo freezing, an egg is already fertilised via IVF before it is frozen. Embryo freezing, on the other hand, necessitates the use of sperm, whereas egg freezing does not. The decision to have either operation is entirely up to the individual in question and their reasons for doing so.