It may have taken a while, but now that you're preparing for pregnancy as a woman in your 40s, you might be asking yourself if you're still at a good age. Is your body still capable of producing eggs? Are you too set in your ways to be a flexible parent? Have all those years of saving paid off? Here's what you need to know about conceiving in your 40s.
There's no shame in focusing more on yourself in your 20s and 30s by not having kids, but once you hit 45, many experts say it's almost impossible to conceive with your own eggs. But women in their early 40s often do have children, whether naturally or with fertility treatments, and there are still positives and negatives.
The plus side of pregnancy in your 40s is that you've had plenty of time to experience the world and think about what you really want in life. While you may not be able to physically keep up with a child like you would've in your younger years, you're more likely to make wise parenting decisions and show more patience, which can result in a solid upbringing for your baby. The fact that you've had time to save money for raising a child is also helpful, as you won't be too stressed about making ends meet.
The downside is obviously the fact that it becomes harder to get pregnant the older you are. Your egg numbers have been declining since birth, and the process rapidly accelerates after 35, not to mention those eggs that are still there are more likely to have chromosomal problems. This means you may have to decide on other options, like an egg donor, if you're having trouble conceiving yourself. Pregnancy complications can also be more severe in older women, who aren't as resilient.
When it comes down to it, pregnancy in your 40s is totally possible and rewarding. But once you decide to have a child, it's better to start trying that very night!