Pregnancy is a very delicate topic, and it is a known fact that pregnancy can be risky at times, especially as you age. As recent studies have revealed, women who are in their 40's and manage to have babies without the use of technology or fertility drugs tend to be healthier and to have a longer life span, as opposed to those who do not. Fertility decreases with age, and very few women aged 40 to 44 manage to get pregnant and to deliver healthy babies.
Nonetheless, in addition to the age and the overall health status of the mother, there are several aspects that influence the success of the pregnancy for a woman who is in her 40s, such as whether or not this is the first time she is pregnant. As a well known fact, and as confirmed by Dr Michael Flynn (One of Australia's trusted Gynecologists), as a women matures her body also matures which impacts on her body. In the reproductive system for example, the more mature the woman is in her age, the less healthy and viable eggs she will produce as a natural process. Should a woman conceive at a mature age, she carries a high risk of a miscarriage of the pregnancy. Should she carry to full term, the chances and risk of birth defects for the unborn child increase also, if the woman is mature in age. It often happens that women who get pregnant when they are in their forties feel more tired than the younger ones, mainly due to the hormonal changes that take place in their body. Fatigue is certainly normal during pregnancy, but apparently mature women can resent it at a higher level.
On the other hand, if this is not your first pregnancy then you are prone to several strong physical changes, and saggy breasts are only one of them. It is not uncommon for women in their 40s who have had children before to also experience increased pressure on the bladder, given the fact that all the body tissues have gone through the physical changes associated with pregnancy in the past. However, if you are concerned about all these changes and you want everything to go according to plan, you should know that there are several things you can do to minimize the pain and discomfort: keeping a relatively stable weight during pregnancy or doing Kegel exercises can come in handy!
In addition to the physical changes, there are numerous emotional changes that mothers in their 40s go through during pregnancy. It often happens that mature people are more patient and more experienced to raise a child than those in their 20s, although this is not a general rule. Nothing compares to the joy and the happiness of raising a child, especially as you age.
It is very important to be fully aware of all the risks you expose yourself at, if you decide to have a child in your 40s. As statistics reveal, approximately one in three women ages 40 to 44 experiences a miscarriage, due to a series of reasons and one of them is the potentially defective eggs. The blood supply to the uterus may not be as intense as it used to be 20 years ago, and neither is the uterine lining which can become thinner due to aging. The risk for placental abruption or previa is also significantly increased. At the same time, if you deliver a child in your 40s he or she is likely to have lower birth weights as opposed to those who are born to women in their 20s, for example.
Speaking of risks, women in their 40s can also give birth to children with various birth defects, such as various chromosomal abnormalities or the Down syndrome. These risks increase as you age. If you try to get pregnant and you cannot manage to, a fertility management plan can come in handy and increase your chances of success!
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