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3 Myths (and a Fact) About Getting Pregnant After 35

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Over 35 and trying to get pregnant? If so, you’ve probably heard a lot about how difficult and risky it is! Before you get inundated by unsolicited fertility advice, talk with health professionals about some common fertility myths to help provide clarity and a sense of reassurance as you begin your journey! 

“It’s almost impossible to get pregnant after age 35.”

Myth.

So not true (ask Halle Berry). There are countless examples to the contrary. Research has established effective ways to promote fertility into the 40s. Here are a few tips:

  • Be optimistic, but realistic. Discussing reasonable expectations with your doctor can help you stay positive and well-informed.
  • Identify your ovulatory cycle. Don’t take it for granted that you know when you ovulate. Actually, tracking your ovulation allows you to maximize your chances of conceiving.
  • Manage your stress. Relaxing activities can relieve stress and possibly promote fertility.

Learn more about improving fertility after age 35.


“It’s too risky to have a baby after the age of 35.”

Myth.

While there are risks associated with childbearing later in the reproductive timeline, there are also simple and effective measures to optimize the chances of having a happy and healthy pregnancy after 35.

  • Seek prenatal care early and often. Being proactive can help mitigate some of the risks associated with “advanced maternal age”.
  • Have a positive outlook. Maintaining a positive outlook during pregnancy is associated with positive birth outcomes.
  • Think of the benefits. Children born to older mothers may experience fewer behavioral, social, and emotional problems.

Learn more about maintaining a healthy pregnancy after 35.


“Diet doesn’t affect your chances of getting pregnant. “

Myth.

False. Diet has a bigger effect on fertility than most people think. In fact, lifestyle and dietary changes are some of the most promising interventions to help women improve their chances of getting pregnant. Here are some helpful tips: 

  • Choose unrefined carbohydrates and healthy fats.
  • Incorporate antioxidant-rich foods and add some plant-based protein.
  • Don’t forget folate, iron, selenium, vitamin D, and DHA.
  • Get your partner on the same healthy plan to help with their fertility too!

Learn more about nutrition and infertility.


“Changes in diet can improve your odds of conception after 35.”

FACT!

They sure can. Here are some research-backed dietary modifications to improve egg quality and reproductive health:

  • Limit your caffeine intake. Limiting caffeine intake to less than 300 mg/day can help increase fertility.
  • Cut out the sugary beverages. Consuming sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with reduced fertility in men and women.
  • Take your omega-3s. Increasing omega-3 intake can help promote certain reproductive functions and healthy eggs.

While these dietary modifications won’t turn back the hands of your biological clock, research suggests that they can potentially help you get pregnant faster and more easily. Why not stack the deck? Learn more about trying to get pregnant after 35.

Denise John, PhD is a Science Researcher and Writer for Nordic Naturals. A published author, Denise holds a Doctorate in Neuroscience from Florida State University, and is passionate about sharing science to help others make informed choices and live better lives.