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Q&A: Getting pregnant in your late 30s?

I'm 38 years old and ready to get pregnant. Should I expect any particular problems?

Re: I'm 38 years old and ready to get pregnant. Should I expect any particular problems?

The Bump Expert

A woman’s baby-making potential typically starts to decline in her mid to late 20s and undergoes a steep drop around her 35th birthday. That said, many, many women conceive easily in their late 30s and even early 40s. To gauge whether or not you'll have fertility issues, ask yourself: Do you have irregular or very painful menstrual cycles? Do you suffer from a chronic illness such as diabetes, thyroid disease or PCOS (ovarian cysts)? Did your mother go through menopause early? A "yes" to any of these indicates that you might have trouble conceiving. But the best way to assess your chances is to start trying as soon as possible.

If you still aren't pregnant after six months, see a reproductive endocrinologist (aka a fertility doc) to get tested for specific hormonal issues that impede pregnancy, rule out your partner as a cause of infertility, and discuss your options. You can call in a specialist even sooner if you suspect you're not ovulating or that something just isn't right. Many fertility roadblocks are easily fixable, and modern medicine can do a lot to help the process along.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Getting pregnant in your late 30s?

I also recommend reading Taking Control of Your Fertility. This is a great book that every woman and girl should read. Our bodies are magnificent and we should understand how they work. A friend recommended this book to me, and I will always be grateful to her for sharing. I am almost 43 and have had 2 miscarriages, so I have my fingers crossed that my eggs aren't too stale yet! Good luck to you. :0)

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Q&A: Getting pregnant in your late 30s?

You should expect the need for patience. If your obgyn sees no health issues that will keep you from getting pregnant you should be gtg and there is no reason to assume you'll have fertility issues. However, even in ideal situations it can take a few months to a year. Just be patient, have fun, don't let yourself get hyper focused and stressed out. Good luck to you!

tcfreedom |

Q&A: Getting pregnant in your late 30s?

Im 48 yrs old and planning to get pregnant. My OB/GYN recommended taking Prenatal w/ DHA OMEGA for a month prior conceiving. 2 more wks to go.

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Q&A: Getting pregnant in your late 30s?

This is a great book that every woman and girl should read. Our bodies are magnificent and we should understand how they work. A friend recommended this book to me, and I will always be grateful to her for sharing. I am almost 43 and have had 2 miscarriages, so I have my fingers crossed that my eggs aren't too stale yet. Follow me on Pakar SEO

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