Celebrating Pregnancy and Motherhood after 40

Most women who are at the age of 40 or older are focusing on their daily duties as full-time moms. It is during this age when their priorities change and contentment builds around the idea of fulfilling the needs of their kids. There are also some who opt to help their husbands in providing for the family by building their own career or engaging themselves in home businesses. But then again, there are also a number of women who would like to still get pregnant after 40. Indeed, pregnancy at the age of 40 is quite normal nowadays. Though there may be some risks involved, still it should not stop women from celebrating pregnancy and motherhood. As a popular saying goes – “Life begins at 40”.

The Advantages of Pregnancy at 40

If you are planning to be pregnant at the age of 40 and up, chances are you already have an idea how to go about delivering a healthy pregnancy. Even if you are a first timer, you already have enough discipline to undergo a worry-free pregnancy by taking enough rest, eating a balanced diet and visiting the doctor on a regular basis. At this age, you are also most likely financially and emotionally stable, therefore the focus should stick on finding ways for you to have a normal and safe delivery.

Raising the baby would not be an issue as well. You will be given enough support by your husband and your older kids as the whole family prepares to welcome another member of the household. On one way or another, you already know how the drill goes as you have been a responsible parent for all these years. Indeed, it is never too late to be pregnant at 40. For as long as you are armed with the right knowledge on how to go about delivering a safe pregnancy, then everything will turn out fine.

The Risks Involved on Pregnancy at 40

The risk of losing the baby is higher is you will be pregnant at the age of 40 and up. Research shows that rate of miscarriage and premature birth is increased by 25 per cent in pregnant women over 40. This is the reason why it is very important to have frequent visits to your doctor to ensure that you and your baby are always in good shape. To accomplish this, your doctor will most likely order more sonograms and examinations to monitor your overall condition.

Aside from miscarriage, other complications that may arise include excessive weight gain brought about by gestational diabetes, also known as high blood sugar. However, this can be avoided by watching the food that you eat on a daily basis. Again, make sure to take the advice of the doctor as you will surely be given tips on how to plan a healthy diet during your pregnancy.

Other risks:

  • The risk of down syndrome increases to about 1/100 babies born for women in their 40’s
  • There’s also the risk of other chromosomal abnormalities
  • Still birth risk is also a concern

Indeed, being pregnant (interesting to know is that the Danish term is Gravid) at 40 is something that women should not be afraid of. There may be some unavoidable circumstances that may happen therefore it would be best to pray hard and be guided with the rules of a healthy pregnancy to ensure a safe and normal delivery.

Lyuben Georgiev

I am a writer who love writing interesting articles on medicine and health topics.

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