Pregnant at 40+? Challenges of late motherhood

Nowadays, family planning is often postponed. Planning for children is often postponed due to one’s own career and life situation. Pregnancies after the age of 35 have become the norm and first pregnancies at 40 plus are no longer rare. However, “late” mothers are often faced with a number of challenges.

Happy woman over 40 holds a pregnancy test in her hand, a man kisses her

What are the challenges and benefits of pregnancy over 40?

Late motherhood or parenthood is becoming more and more important these days. There are many reasons for this. Parents have often studied or completed other higher-qualified training. After that, they concentrate on their careers before the next generation is allowed to join them. One advantage is that “late” parents are better established socially and economically. The increased life experience can also have a positive effect on the child’s development.

Even though pregnancies after the age of 35 are considered “high-risk pregnancies”, they are usually unproblematic if the mother receives good medical care. Studies even show that life expectancy increases with late mothers.

However, women over 40 no longer get pregnant spontaneously as easily. Around two to seven out of every hundred women over 40 become pregnant. From the age of 45, this statistic even drops to 0.2 percent. For women under 30, however, this rate is around 30 percent. But it’s not just biological age that determines whether late motherhood works out. The health of both parents is important for late motherhood, and in most cases this does not depend on age.

What do mothers need to look out for when pregnant at 40+?

The health of both parents is important for late motherhood, and in most cases this does not depend on age.

  • Both being overweight and underweight are not conducive to a late desire to have children.
  • It is important for future mothers to have an examination by a gynecologist if they wish to have children. For example, thyroid function is checked and the intake of folic acid is recommended. An underactive thyroid may have a negative effect on fertility. This is because thyroid hormones also influence a woman’s sex hormones.
  • Women should take folic acid from the moment they wish to have children. The chance of becoming pregnant can increase significantly with the intake of folic acid. Folic acid can also improve sperm quality in men. Studies have shown that taking folic acid and zinc can improve sperm count and motility.
  • Both father and mother should try not to smoke, consume alcohol only in small amounts, take regular exercise and eat a healthy diet. A diet rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals according to the Mediterranean principle can help boost fertility.
A man holds the belly of a pregnant woman over 40

What support is available for the late desire to have children?

A late desire to have children often requires a little extra help with the libido. LIBITROX™ from medpro can be used to support the sexual function of men and women. It contains a combination of the amino acid L-arginine with Vinitrox®, a synergy product of polyphenols from apples and grapes.

  • L-arginine: This semi-essential amino acid is important for blood circulation. During pregnancy, there is an increased requirement that is often not covered by food intake.
  • Vinitrox®: This combination of apple and grape polyphenols was originally developed to increase training performance. It supports the expansion of the blood vessels in a natural way. Apple and grape pectins also contain other positive properties. They are said to protect cells, the heart and nerves and even help prevent cancer and diabetes.

Couples who wish to have children can support this with medpro products. Let our experts advise you individually right away!

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