If you are a woman considering having your first baby over the age of 40, you are in good company. Getting pregnant over 40 is more common now than ever. While the risks are higher than when you were in your 20's, many women over the age of 35, 40 or even 45 are fertile and having healthy babies every day. (See the March of Dimes statistics on moms over 35.)
According to the CDC, women over 40 are the only group with increasing birth rates. Pew Research (read the article) reports that, "in 1990, there were more births to teenagers than to women ages 35 and older. By 2008, that had reversed -- 14% of births were to older women and 10% were to teens. Births to women ages 35 and older grew 64% between 1990 and 2008, increasing in all major race and ethnic groups.” One in five women in America has their first child at age 35 or older. The numbers of mothers with a first time pregnancy over 40 are growing steadily. As a group, we generally have higher incomes and higher levels of education. We have achieved career success and lived full lives but realize that something is missing. I designed this site because I was 44 and thought it was too late to have a baby. I searched for information to help me through the process and couldn't find a site that specifically related to me. So I designed this site to help other women in my situation. My goal is to provide an informative place for women trying to get pregnant over 40 to go throughout their pregnancy process to learn, share information, and get support.
Fertility with age has challenges. I have included both technical and very honest practical information including common fertility and infertility tests ordered for women over 35 and things you should know, but might not have heard, about recovering from labor with pregnancy after 40. Where expert information is available, I have provided links to that information rather than re-creating the wheel. I hope you find the information helpful and welcome your feedback on topics not listed that you would like to learn more about.
I left a career as a corporate executive to focus on getting pregnant over 40. I am now 45 years old with a healthy little infant daughter and considering having a second child! Giving birth to my daughter has enriched my life tremendously and changed me in ways I couldn't have imagined. In "What it Took for me to Finally Get Pregnant", I share what it took for me to get my precious daughter. Iam hopeful that this site helps provide support for other women over 40 who long to have a baby of their own. I learned so much through this amazing journey of infertility and fertility and hope my story and the information on this site will help other women. Good luck and blessings!!
All my best,