Did you know that the oldest woman in history to ever give birth was 70 years old? In the United Kingdom, there is an average of 20 babies who are born to women over the age of 50 each year.
Usually by the time a woman reaches menopause, her ability to get pregnant naturally is gone however, with the advancement in technology over the years, it is not impossible to conceive if you are middle aged. With proper doctor monitoring and proper care, you can still have a healthy, happy baby if you are getting started a little late in life.
How to get pregnant?
See a reproductive endocrinologist. One of the things that a reproductive endocrinologist specializes in is treating infertility in both men and women but they are also responsible for treating pregnant women and even delivering babies. They are required to complete four years of medical school which is then followed up with a four year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This is usually followed by intensive training for approximately three years before receiving board certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
IUI or Artificial Insemination involves inserting concentrated semen sample into the woman’s uterine cavity to drastically improve the chances of conception.
IVF is a process in which eggs are removed from the woman’s body. From there, the eggs are combined with male sperm in the lab to create embryos. These embryos are then transferred to the woman’s uterus.
Egg Donation is a system in place that matches women who are unable to conceive naturally with women who are willing to donate their eggs to them and become donors.
Surrogates are women who offer to carry a baby full term for the woman in question. There is no genetic link between the surrogate mother and the child she is carrying.
Things To Keep In Mind
If you are able to conceive over the age of 50, your risks of having a premature baby or a baby with a low birth weight is doubled. There is also an increased risk of getting gestational diabetes, high blood pressure or having to delivery via c-section.
How To Reduce Complications If You Are Pregnant Over 50
The first step is to go over and get help from your doctor for any pre-existing conditions that may complicate your pregnancy or childbirth. These conditions could be high blood pressure, sexually transmitted diseases and any conditions that your currently take medications for.
Changing your diet can have a massive positive effect on your experience. Eat whole grains found in brown rices, cereal, whole-wheat bread. Healthy fruits, veggies, fish and extra protein should also be considered. You should avoid fish that are high in mercury such as shark and swordfish. Diary plays an important role in a healthy pregnancy and if you are lactose intolerant, you can talk to your doctor about proper vitamin D supplements. Other foods to avoid are processed meats (deli), alcohol and caffeine.
Proper exercise and movement should be incorporated into your daily life as well if you are over 50 and pregnant. Do exercises that keep your heart rate between 125 and 140 beats per minute while doing aerobics and resistance bodywork. Stay away from exercises that require you to be on your back because this can promote the restriction of blood flow.
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(Last Updated On: 3rd April 2020)