Pregnancy After 30
Why do women become less fertile as they age?
One reason that women may become less fertile is that ovulation, the release of an egg from one of the ovaries, occurs less often as a woman ages. Another reason may be that an older woman's eggs are not as easily fertilized as a younger woman's. Also, problems such as blocked fallopian tubes and endometriosis are more common in older women.
What can I do to prepare for pregnancy if I am older?
Women of all ages should talk to their health care providers before trying to get pregnant. This is expecially important if you are in your 30s or 40s. Visiting a health care provider before pregnancy can help identify whether you are at risk of certain problems and prevent or treat these problems before they can harm you or your baby.
You may need certain tests and immunizations before you become pregnant. Your health care provider also may suggest some of the following lifestyle changes to help you get ready for pregnancy:
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Try to lose weight if you are overweight or obese
- Take a folic acid supplement
- Exercise regularly
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol
- Reduce stress
- Get plenty rest
- Make sure your immunizations are up to date
Source: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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