Now is the time to see your doctor for a check-up to review your lifestyle, current medications and vaccinations. Plus you can get some more general advice about a healthy pregnancy and other illnesses that may cause harm to your unborn child. Also, don’t put off visiting your dentist. Dental health affects your overall well-being so it makes sense to have an examination before pregnancy. Research has found that periodontal disease can lead to pre-term delivery and a higher incidence of low birth-weight babies.
Getting Pregnant in your 40's and your chances of Conceiving Naturally
One of the most asked questions is how to make a baby later in life. When trying to make a baby, there are a number of reasons why you may not get pregnant straight away. Sometimes a bit of time may be all that you need. How old you are could be a factor as the probability of getting pregnant reduces with age1:
Relax and go with the flow
No-one enjoys enforced entertainment. Scheduling intercourse can be psychologically stressful and put a strain on your relationship. The more relaxed both parties are, the more successful your chances of becoming pregnant. There is, of course, another way of ensuring you hit those patterns regularly: have more sex more often! Intercourse every 1–2 days yields the highest pregnancy rates compared with less frequent intercourse (2–3 times per week)2.
- 30 years: 75% in 1 year, 91% within 4 years
- 35 years: 66% in 1 year, 84% within 4 years
- 40 years: 44% in 1 year, 64% within 4 years
But fear not. There are things you can do to ensure that you are on the right track to getting the right results. Follow these simple steps and you and your partner could be on the way to hearing the pitter patter of tiny feet.
Get a check-up
Trying to get pregnant naturally isn’t always easy. If you think that it will happen as soon as you ditch that diaphragm or chuck those condoms, then you may be in for a surprise. If you’re just starting to try for a baby, there are a number of things you can do to help with fertility.
Keep on track
You probably already know when to try to conceive and that the best time for this is during your ‘fertile window’ – that 6-day period ending on the day of ovulation. If you don’t know when you ovulate, you can determine it by keeping track of your body temperature. If you have an average 28-day menstrual cycle, monitor your body temperature about 14 days after you start your period. A rise in body temperature of half a degree is indicative of your ovulation date.
It is important to have a healthy body when getting ready to conceive. There’s no point trying for a baby if you can’t look after yourself. It’s vital to have a balanced diet and to cut out those naughty but nice vices. Coffee, sugar, alcohol and cigarettes all take their toll on your fertility and decrease your chances of getting pregnant. A man’s sperm may take months to develop before ejaculation and therefore a toxin-free lifestyle is essential. Stress can also have an impact on a couple’s relationship and affect fertility. Look for ways to reduce stress in your life. Maybe try meditation or yoga? Most of all, try to create an environment where both of you are relaxed and comfortable, so that sex is always fun and never a chore.
A Conceivable Solution
Having sex ‘on demand’ can take the fun out of it, which may lead to vaginal dryness. Most vaginal lubricants have been found to inhibit the conception process or have no positive effect at all. Conceive Plus® is different. Sperm-friendly, non-irritant with a balanced pH range, Conceive Plus® actively promotes egg fertilisation and increases your chances of getting pregnant. Try it today and see the results for yourself.
1 Fertility treatment less successful after 35. WebMD
2 Optimizing Natural Fertility. Fertil Steril 2008;90:S1-6