Getting pregnant after 40: Yay or nay?

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Experts from Mount Elizabeth Hospital weigh in on the subject of getting pregnant after 40. If you are planning a pregnancy after 40, this is a must-read!

There are many reasons why more and more women are having babies after their 40th birthday. This issue is highly subjective as each woman’s circumstances differ from one another.

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These days, there are many reasons why women choose to postpone having a baby.

Three fertility experts who practice at Mount Elizabeth Hospital weigh in on this subject.

We also spoke to mums who had babies after 40. Read to the end of this article for their thoughts.

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How should a woman prepare herself if she is planning for pregnancy after 40?

Dr Kelly LoiFertility Specialist, Mount Elizabeth Hospital gives this advice: “Take prenatal and folic acid supplements to prevent neural tube defects which lead to problems like spina bifida.

“Schedule a preconception appointment to assess overall gynaecological health and fertility status. Seeing a fertility specialist would be useful to determine if fertility treatment is needed and optimise chances of pregnancy.

“Once pregnant, regular prenatal visits are important to monitor for the well-being of both mother and baby. A variety of prenatal tests are now available to screen for conditions such as Down syndrome.

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It is important to stay healthy and fit if you are planning a pregnancy, especially after 40.

“These include a nuchal translucency ultrasound scan at about 12 weeks gestation, as well as a non-invasive prenatal testing which involves a blood test that examines fetal DNA in the mother’s bloodstream.

“Diagnostic tests such as chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis provide the most reliable information about baby’s chromosomes or the risk of specific chromosomal abnormalities, but they also carry a slight risk of miscarriage.

“So a discussion with the doctor will be necessary to determine which tests are most suitable”.

Dr Ann TanFertility Specialist, Mount Elizabeth Hospital says that it is of utmost importance to “get checked and assessed as a couple as soon as possible”, while Dr Suresh Nair, Fertility Specialist, Mount Elizabeth Hospital simply advices mothers to try and have babies before 40.

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