The older a couple gets, the lower their fertility drops and the chances of pregnancy decrease too. As you cross the age of 35, your fertility begins to see a sharp decline. This is especially notable among women. Although, on the brighter side, women who conceive in their thirties are said to be better prepared and more secured for motherhood compared to women who conceive in their twenties. Having said this, conception and pregnancy in the late thirties can get a little complicated. If you’re considering having a baby at this age, here are a few helpful tips.
The following are the list of tips for conceiving -
Pregnancy in the late thirties and forties needs a little more monitoring and guidance than pregnancy in the twenties. That is why, one of the first things you should do, before you even start trying to conceive is to get a thorough preconception check-up to see if you have any previously unknown health conditions that could interfere with conception and pregnancy, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes or even PCOS. Identifying these issues and addressing them first, will improve your chances of a healthy and successful pregnancy.
At this point, you need all the natural fertility boosters you can get. So, make sure your diet includes less of processed, oily and sugary foods and more healthy and wholesome foods. Some of the foods you can eat regularly are whole grain breads and pastas, leafy greens, red and yellow fruits, and foods rich in zinc, magnesium, folate, vitamins B6, C, E and K – such as citrus fruits, fish, carrots, nuts, etc. These vitamins help the body absorb other nutrients more easily and support production of reproductive hormones, which in turn help your fertility.
This applies to the husband as well. Issues such as obesity, diabetes, hernia, arthritis, high blood pressure and the like, can interfere with your fertility. Ladies, if you too have been struggling with these issues, or conditions like PCOS, make sure you tackle these before trying to conceive. Diabetes and high blood pressure can cause complications in your pregnancy, whereas PCOS can severely impede fertilisation of the egg and successful conception. Discuss the extent of your condition with your gynaecologist or fertility expert and let them guide you with the right treatment and medication to help you conceive.
Screening tests help you identify whether your eggs and your partner’s sperms are healthy and viable. Therefore, if you’ve been trying to conceive for a while without much success, undergo a special screening test under the guidance and supervision of your gynaecologist. This will give you much needed clarity on your next plan of action.
We don’t get nearly enough vitamins from our regular diet. And you need those extra vitamins when you’re trying to conceive in your late thirties, to boost your fertility and improve your chances of conception. The two crucial ingredients in prenatal vitamins are Folic acid and iron. Folic acid prevents birth defects in your baby during pregnancy, whereas iron prevents the risk of anaemia in mothers and preterm births in babies.
Even if you have a tight schedule, take the time out for quick and short exercises – such as a short but brisk walk every single day. Regular exercise improves blood supply and ensures more oxygen reaches various parts of the body – especially the reproductive system. It also regulates hormone levels, which tend to fluctuate with the progression of age. Exercise also ensures emotional and mental well-being, which invariably improves your fertility.
Stress is turning out to be one of the most common causes of infertility and unsuccessful conception, especially among couples who are in their late thirties. Although stress doesn’t affect conception directly, its connection to conception problems is hard to miss. Stress leads to bad sleep quality, reduced stamina, unhealthy habits such as drinking and smoking too often, and unhealthy weight gain or loss. These, in turn, impact the endocrine system that produce hormones necessary for reproduction and ovulation. To tackle this, make sure you exercise or meditate every day, get an uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep, follow a healthy diet and take regular breaks from work.
Pregnancy in your late thirties may be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Just take care of yourself, follow your doctor’s orders, and you’ll soon be on your ! Have any doubts you’d like us to clarify? Let us know in the comments!