Conceiving over 40 for the first time is nowadays more common than ten or twenty years ago. More and more women are waiting to conceive until they are ready or until they feel secure financially and settled in their career path.
I also know of many women who had children earlier in life and feel the need to have more children in their forties to fulfill their desire to have a larger family. Whatever you chose to become a mother in your forties is, do not let others tell you that you can’t due to your age because it is not true.
Yes, I have to tell you that you may need more help and that it will take more effort on your part, but it can be achieved and you can have healthy babies over 40.
My advice is to consult with a fertility expert as soon as possible to help you assess your level of fertility. Many women are still very fertile well into their late forties, while others begin to have poor fertility as early as in their mid-thirties.
You need to know what you are up against.
Most women in their early forties begin having signs of perimenopause. This does not mean that you cannot conceive, but it will make it more difficult. If your periods are becoming irregular, longer or shorter it is a very good idea to see a fertility expert that can run some hormonal testing to see what hormones need to be supported.
Most women during perimenopause have lower levels of estrogen. Estrogen tends to fluctuate more when you are over 40. This can cause symptoms of menopause. Low estrogen levels may fail to support the endometrium and you may expereince spotting before your periods. The ration between estrogen and progesteorne should be 1:1.
The second half of your menstrual cycle is supported by the production of progesterone. If your ovaries do not produce enough progesterone, you will suffer from short luteal phase or luteal phase defect. This becomes a problem during implantation, as the embryo may not have enough time to implant and you will most likely suffer a miscarriage or an increased rate of chemical pragnancies.
Testosterone increases as a result of many factors. It is related to poor blod sugar control, called insulin resistance related to lazy ovaries or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Higher than normal levels of testosterone can also cause acne and increased facial hair (hirsutism).
Low Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
A surge of LH right a mid cycle, stimulates the release of the egg at ovulation. LH then continues to support the production of progesterone. LH is procudes by the pituitary gland.
High Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
FSH stimulates the development of follicles within the ovarian tissue. If the follicles do not grow to a certain size, the egg cannot mature and ovulation is affected. Having high levels of FSH is often seeing as a sign of poor fertility.
Low Antimullerian Hormone (AMH)
This hormone is used to measure your ovarian reserves. When very low, medical intervention is often recommended.
Most family doctors will tell you that it you have not been able to conceive on your own for 6 months and you are over 40, you should see a fertility expert. If you find out that your ovarian reserves are low, your doctor will recommend Clomid to stimulate ovulation, intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF) or egg donor.
If this is your case, do not feel discouraged, there is a lot natural health can do to support you, even if you chose a medical approach.
If you are over 40 and trying to conceive, your main goal is to:
Egg quality is very important when trying to conceive at any age, but especially if you are over 40 because naturally yourovarian reserves are decreasing and your ovaries become less capable of responding to hormonal stimulation.
The best way to support the production of helathy eggs is to eat a very clean and helathy diet, rich of organically grown fruits and vegetables and whole grains, nuts and seeds. Conside adding fertility foods and supplemnts to your diet. Maca, CoQ10, royal jelly, greens, berries, etc.
If you want to improve the health of your eggs, consider using the OvaWise Kit to help you.
In main stream medicine, poor uterine tonicity and poor endometrial health are often overlooked in preparation for pregnancy. In natural medicine it is very important to focus not only on the health of your ovaries, but also on that of your uterus in order to facilitate embryo implantation and prevent miscarriages.
Consider that your uterus will be the home of your baby for the next 9 months!
To help maintain a healthy uterus in preparation for pregnancy, you need to:
1. Increase blood flow to the uterus.
Natural health care practitioners always recommend therapies that promote circulation to the uterus in preparation for pregnancy. The best ways to increase nutrient and oxygen rich blood to your uterus is to use acupuncture, fertility massage and yoga.
If you suffer from endometriosis, castor oil paks can really help decrease pain, inflammation and decrease scar tissue.
2. Support your hormones that direct the phases of your endometrium.
The endometrium is the tissue that lines your uterus. This tissue increases in size and thickness during the phase of the cycle.
By supporting the production of estrogen and progesterone during the menstrual cycle, you also support the endometrium. Most women who have too much estrogen over progesterone suffer from luteal phase deficiency, which increases the risk of miscarriage as the embryo does not have enough time to implant itself in the lining of the uterus.
Endo-Ex is a great herbal formula that helps maintain a healthy endometrium in preparation for pregnancy. It contains viburnum opulus 30CH in homeopathic preparation. This remedy has a great affinity for the uterus and helps prevent miscarriages.
Women who have endometriosis and trying to conceive will need even more support. Endo-EX can help support the lining of the uterus during the follicular and luteal phase. It contains hormone balancing herbs like Vitex and Don Quai, which regulate the production of progesterone and estrogen throughout the mentaul cycle.
Milk Thistle is added to this formula toprovide liver support and Discorrea villosa to help regulate the menses.