Tips on Getting Pregnant After 35

Jan 27, 2010
Many women face the problems of getting pregnant after the age 35. Apart from the fact that female fertility declines after 35 women have to deal with a number of health issues to conceive a healthy child.

The most common problems of women over 35, who are trying to conceive, are ovulation disorders, Pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, lower quality and quantity of eggs. There are many ways to improve your chances for conception if you are over 35:

  1. Take your time. If you are over 35, it may take longer for you to conceive. Waiting up to one or two year before getting pregnant is quite normal, and you will need to be patient. Though, if you have tried to get pregnant for more than a year and did not succeed, you may need to see your health care provider to discuss the problem.

  2. Track your ovulation. It is important to know when you are most fertile, especially if you have irregular periods or other reproductive problems. There are many ways to know when you are ovulating: taking body basal temperature or watching for the changes in cervical fluid. You can also use fertility monitors and various fertility tests to be aware of your own fertility.

  3. Maintain a healthy weight. You weight affects hormonal function, which plays an important role in conception. Being overweight as well as underweight can interfere with your reproductive health and make it difficult for you to ovulate. Moderate exercising is good to maintain healthy weight. You can choose walking, swimming, aerobics and yoga for this purpose.

  4. Eat well. Make sure you eat a healthy and balanced diet, including all food groups in your menu. This means eating meat, vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy products and other foods. Healthy nutrition is important not only during pregnancy, but pre-conception too.

  5. Give up smoking, caffeine, alcohol. If you are smoking, it is better to stop before trying to conceive. Smoking impairs your ability to get pregnant. Excessive alcohol also affects your fertility in a negative way, increasing your risk of having ovulation problems. Too much caffeine was linked to fertility problems.

  6. Have more sex. It actually makes sense to have sex every day to increase your chances for conception. Some studies suggest that regular sex improves the quality of sperm and your fertility. But try to avoid routine and stress while trying to conceive as it may interfere with your ability to conceive.

  7. Avoid lubricants. If you are using personal lubricants during sex, it is better to stop when you are trying to conceive. Lubricants can make it difficult for the sperm to swim because they change the acid balance in the vagina. If you need more lubrication, use fertility-friendly lubricant such as pre-seed lubricant.