These days it seems that women are having babies older and older. While that is great and thanks to modern medicine it is a bit easier for women to get pregnant older, there are certainly some complications that can come. Having a baby after the age of 35 is pretty popular these days, but it also puts both mom and baby at a greater risk.
The years a woman is most ready between the ages of 23 and 31. After the mere age of 30, a woman's chances of getting pregnant go down to just 20% each cycle! Of course there are logical and great reasons why women are waiting to have babies until they are older, but our bodies aren't catching up with the trend. Many women can experience perimenopause as early as 40 years old, and a few even experience symptoms earlier in their 30's. This can really hinder a woman's chances of getting pregnant as her fertility greatly decreases during this time.
Our body only knows its natural cycle. When it starts showing signs that we may be too old for more babies, we should think about either jumping on it or exploring other avenues. We are lucky that it is 2018, and we have tons of ways to have a family or expand ours. Biology just hasn't necessarily caught up with the times.
15 Hair Is Thinning Out
Our hair is often impacted by our hormones. There are a variety of times where we may experience hair loss or thinning. As our estrogen levels decline, our hair thins. Now this doesn't sound like a huge deal, but it can be related to our fertility and chances of getting pregnant.
Our hormones obviously play a huge role in getting pregnant. Estrogen plays an important role in getting pregnant. Lower estrogen levels can prevent ovulation or make for a rough environment for an egg which can make fertilization difficult. While hair thinning can be a warning sign that our estrogen levels are dropping, we can try and use estrogen supplements to still be able to get pregnant if that's what we'd like. It may not be a deal breaker, but it is a sign that our fertile years are coming to a close.
At the same time, too much estrogen can also be a problem in getting pregnant.
14 Changes In Your Vision
Our eyes change constantly throughout our lives so some women experience vision changes their whole lives. However, when our vision starts to noticeably decline or change suddenly, it can be a sign of something else.
In our late 30's and early 40's, we often start to notice that our near vision is getting worse. It starts small with squinting or holding things further away from our faces, but it is still something that we should seek medical advice about. A simple solution of readers might be the thing we need.
If we are planning on expanding our family though, we may want to also make a trip to our OBGYN. These signs of aging can certainly impact our fertility which we all know decreases with age.
Vision changes can also signify that we need ur pituitary gland checked. The gland is in charge of stimulating the hormone that regulates our ovaries and egg production. When those are in trouble, it obviously will impact our chances of getting pregnant.
13 It's A Belly, Not A Bump
Weight redistribution occurs as we age. We start to get a belly, but it is not a baby bump. It resembles more of a gut, and we may not even know exactly where it came from. As we age our metabolism changes, and often times it slows down. This weight gain can signify our advancing maternal age. It is usually part of early menopause symptoms. It could also be a sign of other health issues which could pose an issue when trying to get pregnant.
Weight gain can also pose a threat to our fertility on its own. When women are overweight or obese, they often experience more difficulty getting pregnant. When our body is unhealthy, it can definitely make it harder to get pregnant. Signs of our metabolism slowing down or declining are common as our age advances and our fertility decreases.
12 Night Sweats
Night sweats can be a sign that we are aging (or at least our body is). It can be a symptom for women in both perimenopause and menopause as well as signify hormonal problems. Night sweats might even partner up with our good friend hot flashes if we are really lucky. Note the sarcasm. Menopause really is not a fun time. It is also a time where we have to cope with the fact that we may not be able to have more children.
If we get to the point where we are experiencing night sweats, it may be too late to expand our family. Our body may be in perimenopause or menopause already. Thankfully it is 2018 so we do have plenty of options. A visit to the doctor certainly cannot hurt. Night sweats are often reported to be more common once our fertility is decreasing or we are dealing with infertility.
11 Not In The Mood?
Obviously how often we do the dirty plays a pretty significant role in our chances of getting pregnant again. It is how we generally make the baby. When we stop wanting to do the dirty (as much), it might be just a normal phase of our relationship. A loss of libido though can be a sign of our hormones changing. These changes are often times related to our increasing age.
Once our hormones are to the point that we are losing our drive to do the dirty we might be heading out of our fertile years. While it is still possible to be pregnant up until actual menopause, early symptoms usually accompany declining fertility. The changes in our libido are obviously hormonal and a pretty big sign that our pregnancy days might be behind us.
10 Mensie Changes
Some women never have a regular cycle. The majority of us have some decent consistency though when it comes to those wonderful monthly visits from Aunt Flo. So when things start to get a little wonky, it may be a sign that our days of pads and tampons may shortly be in our rear view mirror. But this time it would be for a lot longer than nine months. We may not exactly be sad to see Aunt Flo go, but it can be extremely disappointing to know that our pregnancy days might be behind us as well.
As every woman should know, our period is a HUGE indicator of our fertility since it is what happens when we ovulate and do not get pregnant. It is also often times the first sign that we may be pregnant. If we aren't pregnant and our period is still late, there might be other cause for concern.
9 Packing On The Pounds
There are many reasons why our weight might fluctuate. Diet and exercise are the big obvious ones that we should look at first probably. If neither of those has really changed though and we suddenly find ourselves gaining weight, it might have something to do with our age. When our weight gain is otherwise unexplained, our metabolism may be slowing down.
For most women, this is rather harmless. We just need to pay better attention to our nutritional habits. It often times comes with the territory as we get older and our hormones change (again). This may also be a sign that our fertility is declining. Significant weight gain can also be a challenge for our pregnancy and even our chances of getting pregnant. Pregnancy comes with its own weight gain and stresses on our body so starting heavier will put even more stress on our bodies.
8 Bladder? What Bladder?
For some of us it certainly feels like bladder control went out the window when we had our first baby. Having troubles with it again can be a sign that we may be getting too old to have anymore babies though as well.
Many women deal with it of all ages, but it becomes more common as we approach our late 30's and early 40's. This is usually the time when our fertility is beginning to decline. Our bladder muscles begin to decline with age. Not only that but as our estrogen production lowers, estrogen helps keep the tissues that line our bladder healthy. Both of these go along with advancing maternal age and are big flags that our baby making days might be behind us. Sadly for us, we still experience that trickle when we sneeze as if we were pregnant some days.
7 Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are the most classic, well known menopause symptom. Thanks to mother nature, we can experience them for years before we actually go through menopause. The closer we get though, the more our chances of getting pregnant are declining.
Once we start experiencing hot flashes, we might still have time to have one more baby. It's likely though that our pregnancy days are in the past though. If we still have a chance, this is definitely the to kick in the butt that we should use to get moving.
Hot flashes are probably one of the most annoying symptoms of menopause or that it is beginning. It can actually go on for several years before we go through menopause. During those years we may still ovulate and deal with Aunt Flo, but it is likely that those cycles can become irregular.
6 Downstairs Dryness
V dryness is about as pleasant as it sounds. It is usually a result of falling levels of estrogen. V dryness is a pretty good sign that we may be going through the early stages of menopause. It can also certainly complicate our chances of getting pregnant.
One key sign of ovulation is our cervical fluid. If we are experiencing dryness down there, our cervical fluid really isn't present or doing its job. This can make it difficult to get pregnant because this fluid is necessary to help get things where they need to be in the baby making process.
This dryness can be a result of lowered estrogen levels, but it can also occur when we stress our bodies out too much trying to get pregnant. We put so much pressure on ourselves and that can make our body have difficulty "performing" so to say.
5 Perimenopause Symptoms
If dealing with our monthly visit from mother nature wasn't treat enough, we can deal with Aunt Flo and early menopause symptoms combined for years. Being a woman is no easy feat biologically. Women may begin these symptoms as early as 30, but it is more common for them to start around 35-40 when our fertility begins to decline. These symptoms can last anywhere from 4 to 8 years usually so buckle up because it's about to be one long, hormonal ride.
Perimenopause symptoms are no walk in the park. They are similar to some of the changes we experienced during times like puberty, pregnancy, and postpartum. It affects our mood often times with things like mood swings, anxiety, depression, and plain old irritability. We can also start to struggle with acne again (yay!). Our monthly cycle is likely to change during this time in heaviness, when it occurs, and its length, which can complicate our ability to predict when we ovulate if trying to get pregnant.
4 Loss Of Flexibility
Pregnancy takes a serious toll on our bodies. Our muscles are strained. We gain weight that our body isn't used to supporting or carrying constantly. Things are pushed out of place and all around. Flexibility is a seriously key component in getting pregnant and being comfortable during pregnancy because it is already difficult enough to pick things up off the ground when we cannot see our toes.
As we get older though, our muscles tend to weaken a bit. Just as our flexibility takes a hit when we are pregnant and gain weight, it takes a toll on our flexibility when we put on weight and fat at other times in our lives as well. We also lose some of that great flexibility that we once had. Flexibility doesn't exactly hurt when trying to get pregnant either.
3 High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a condition that we become more at risk for as we get older. The risk jumps greatly around 55, but it starts to climb years before that. High blood pressure can be managed with some basic medical care, but it can be pretty dangerous if we get pregnant while we have high blood pressure. In fact, our risk for high blood pressure actually increases while we are pregnant and puts us at risk for preeclampsia. While it is possible to have a healthy pregnancy with high blood pressure, it puts us at a greater risk for complications and makes our pregnancy more high risk.
High blood pressure or hypertension does not really impact our fertility which is great! It does put us at a 25% higher risk of developing preeclampsia. We will likely require more monitoring during our pregnancy. Our baby will also be at a higher risk of being delivered early and having a low birth weight. We are also at risk for kidney and heart disease among a few other rather serious complications.
2 Two Eggs
We normally ovulate once per cycle. As our cycle begins to change as we age, we may experience some issues with that. Some women do not ovulate at all. Then there are some women who actually release two or more eggs in a single cycle, usually this happens within a 24 hour period. This is more common as our age advances, but it can happen at other times during our lives. When trying to get pregnant, multiple eggs (most commonly two) can actually be fertilized.
Fraternal twins are the result of this two egg ovulation and fertilization. Obviously conceiving fraternal twins means that we can still get pregnant, but it might also be a sign that future pregnancies are not likely or may be another twin pregnancy.
Some women also experience what is called "vanishing twin phenomenon." This is when multiple eggs may be released in a single cycle, but a twin pregnancy is not the result. Vanishing twin phenomenon is a type of miscarriage.
1 Medical Intervention Required To Get Pregnant
With age it becomes increasingly more difficult to get pregnant the natural way. We can track our cycles (or try to) all we'd like, but sometimes there are things going on with our bodies that we need some more knowledge about. Our chances of getting pregnant decline in our early 30's and are only 5% each month once we are 40.
It may be possible for some women to get pregnant naturally even after 40. Some may need medical intervention such as IVF procedures to conceive. This may be an issue at any age, but it becomes much more common as we get older. There are many other means that women can use to boost their chances of conceiving. It is great that we have these tricks to help us conceive when we are "past our prime" as some might say.