Pregnancy is a life-changing decision for a couple, it brings about excitement as well as responsibility. In an urge to provide the best possible facilities to their babies, people these days have started opting for undergoing the procedure of having a child in the later stage of their lives, mostly in their late thirties or early forties. By then, with a promising career and fully achieved maturity level, it seems more meaningful and desirable to handle complex situations arising due to an added responsibility in the form of a new life. Most of the celebrities are seen to have made successful careers and responsible mothers even after having achieved the age of forty years and above. The awareness among the general strata of society is ever increasing, as they try to ape their role-models. But they seldom realize that after crossing the normal fertility age, it becomes cumbersome for a woman to conceive naturally due to increased hormonal imbalance and growing infertility within their body. However, a proper lifestyle, clubbed with a healthy routined diet can enable you to cross the hurdles successfully and come out with flying colors.
Steps to achieve a safe pregnancy in your 40’s:
1. Fight Obesity
Obesity or being over weight can act as one of the biggest hindrances in your getting pregnant. If your BMI, or body mass index exceeds 34 in value, it involves greater risks of miscarriage, heart diseases, high blood pressure and diabetes as it complicates medical conditions thereby making pregnancy difficult. Obesity leads to hormonal imbalance caused by the excretion of high levels of estrogen, produced by the fat cells, which makes it a problem for you to conceive, as with age, the metabolism of the body reduces in multitudes.
2. Avoid caffeine
Research says that caffeine increases infertility in women, especially if she is on a fertility treatment. So, if you are inclined to get pregnant, quit coffee immediately or switch on to decaffeinated coffee. However, initially it might be hard to give up the addiction as not having it might give you headaches, to get rid of the situation, drink plenty of water instead.
3. Being underweight
Just as being overweight can stop you from conceiving, so is the case if you are underweight, as it prevents you from ovulating. If your BMI is less than 18, be prepared for a host of pregnancy complications in spite of having a normal and regular menstrual cycle.
4. No smoking
Smoking is another factor which reduces fertility, increasing the chances of miscarriage, low birth weight and complications in conceiving. For overall improvement of your health conditions and the quality of your egg cells, give up smoking so as to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
5. Relaxation and prayer
A positive mind leads to healthy and positive thinking. Get rid of all those negative vibes and induce positive energy in and around you to make your mind free of any depressing thoughts lingering within you. Depression can lead to infertility and reduce your chances of getting pregnant by two times. Positive thinking keeps body functioning optimal. Even prayers and meditation sessions, done everyday in an isolated room, is a good way to connect to God and interact with him which will give you courage and a brighter outlook towards coming to terms with your present condition.
6. Determine and practice the best time to have sex
It is very important to keep a full knowledge of the ovulation cycle as it helps in determining the best time to have sex. Gynecologists say that every second day between the 10th day and the day of your menstrual cycle is the best time to conceive as it is this time when ovulation takes place.
7. Monitor your basal body temperature
The basal body temperature, when at rest, of a woman increases approximately by a degree during ovulation. Keeping a track of it in a listicle format and noticing the changes can help you ascertain the time of your ovulation, thus making getting pregnant easier and simpler.
8. Use Chinese herbs
Chinese herds are believed to enhance fertility. Available in the form of pills, teas, tablets and granules, regular and consistent use of them can solve various cases of infertility like uterine fibroids, amenorrhea, endometriosis, obstruction caused by fallopian tubes and even absence of ovulation.
9. Change your lifestyle
Regular exercise and balanced diet for a fit body and mind are the most important credentials to getting pregnant at the age of forty. Hormonal imbalance caused due to being over or under weight can lead to amenorrhea, i.e.an increase in the estrogen level, which, in turn, hinders the union of egg cells with the sperms, making conceiving a herculean task.
10. Reduce stress
Too much of exertion and stress reduces immunity levels, making it difficult to get pregnant. Eating the right kind and amount of food at the right time helps in getting back the normal hormone levels along with proper exercise and meditation.
To conclude, nothing is impossible if you are focused and determined to achieve it. Put your mind, body and spirit into harmony by synchronizing them properly and keep your horizons open to opt for natural therapies and remedies as well, instead of relying totally on fertility treatments and surgeries.