It used to be that getting pregnant after 40 was an anomaly that caused people to worry that the woman was too old to carry and deliver a healthy baby, let alone live long enough to see them grown, graduated, and down the aisle. But things have changed.

Firstly, our life expectancy has risen steadily, and with the use of modern medicine a woman’s life expectancy is now 78.3 years in the United States. This means that even if a women has a child at age 42, she will likely still be enjoying good health when her child is an adult. Since even a 20 year old is subject to the same random mortality we all are, this is no reason to not have a child.

Secondly, medical advances have made it easier for women over 35 to get pregnant and to stay pregnant.  According to an article in the Washington Post, fertility rates trend downward after the age of 20 onward with spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) spiking after the 35-39 age range. This means that it is indeed harder to get pregnant and to stay pregnant, but not impossible. After the age of 45, it is more common for women to get pregnant with in vitro fertilization because of the increasing infrequency of ovulation and the quality of a woman’s eggs at this point.  According to, While the number of eggs is finite, the quality can be increased with supplements like folic acid and melatonin in addition to pharmaceutical medications.

Many say that while a woman in her 40’s might be more tired from having a toddler, there are those that argue that the patience and wisdom that come with age more than compensates.

If you are trying to get pregnant, regardless of your age, call Women to Women for a gynecology and obstetrics appointment.

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