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Pregnancy after 40s is High Risk Pregnancy

Pregnancy after 40s is High Risk Pregnancy

by: Dr. Surinder Kaur Gambhir
Sr. Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology Paras Bliss, Panchkula

According to studies, there are about 30% of the woman aged between the age of 40 to 44 years that experience infertility. Chances of getting pregnant in any month after crossing 40 are low. Getting pregnant after 40 years of age is possible. But at the age of 40 years you only have 5% chances of getting pregnant each month. This clearly shows that even those that will get pregnant it will take longer. After 45 years it is nearly impossible to get pregnant with your own eggs.

Comparing with the age group 30 years, they have about 20% of chances of getting pregnant each month. Women who are 15 to 34 years of age have 9% chances of infertility and women with 35 to 39 years experience 25% of infertility.

Age and Miscarriage:

Another factor that goes against women during their 40s who wants to get pregnant is the higher rate of miscarriage.  Around 34% of pregnancies end up having a miscarriage for women who are 40 to 44 years of age. And about 53 % of pregnancies end up having a miscarriage for women who have crossed 45 years of age. Even though chances of miscarriage are there but there are good chances of pregnancies to continue.

Age and Pregnancy Complications:

Older women who are in their 40s are more likely to have followed complications:

  • Miscarriage
  • Placenta praevia, in this the placenta develops in the wrong part of the uterus
  • Gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Chances of having twins or even triplets
  • Preterm labor
  • Children with genetic conditions

Age and babies with genetic predispositions:

Women beyond 40 years are more likely to have a child with a genetic condition such as Down syndrome.  You should always be in touch with your doctor if you encounter any kind of problem.  During the screening, if something occurs then you can have diagnostic tests such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling.

After the 40s if you are trying to get pregnant and if you are not pregnant even after six months then its time for evaluation.

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