There is no question that being 40 and pregnant isn’t as remarkable as it used to be. In fact, pregnancy after 40 has been on the rise for quite some time.
In 2004, the CDC published a study on pregnancy rates for women in groups ages 10–14 through 40–44 years in the United States for the years 1990 through 2004 (including women in their twenties and thirties).
While pregnancy rates for women in their twenties have remained consistently higher than other age groups (they’re the most fertile), the study also showed an increase in pregnancy rates for women in the 30 to 44 age group. Women who were pregnant at 45 or older were not part of the study.
Increasing numbers of women who postpone motherhood in favor of career has a lot to do with the trend, but so do advancements in infertility treatments. As of this writing, one of the top fertility centers worldwide, the Center For Human Reproduction (CHR) in New York city, is reporting “significantly improved…pregnancy rates for 2011 at practically all age groups”.
The most dramatic improvements at CHR were achieved in women aged 44 to 49, where pregnancy rates increased to 10.3% This is considered to be a phenomenal rate for patients at these ages, especially when you consider that women go to the CHR as a last resort, after all other efforts have failed.
So if you’re 40 and pregnant or working at trying to conceive after 40 you are definitely not alone and your chances of success have never been better!
This video tells my story about NOT trying to conceive after 40 and how I wound up pregnant at 45!