In theory, it is possible to become pregnant at any age, providing you are still producing eggs and the eggs have met with the right sperm. However, as your body ages, the quality of your eggs diminishes and you may no longer have the hormonal changes that you need to accompany a pregnancy. 

Research suggests that it’s easiest to become pregnant between the end of your teenage years and your late twenties. In fact, your fertility rate declines fairly rapidly after this age and it’s unlikely that you’ll become pregnant naturally after your fortieth birthday.

However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to become pregnant at 47. You will simply need the services of a good obstetrician Sydney. If you read the news you’ll find there are an increasing number of examples of people becoming pregnant in their fifties. The oldest woman to be pregnant at present is Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara who gave birth when she was just seven days short of 67 years old. 

Anything is possible. 

What Help You’ll Need

It is highly unlikely that anyone will become pregnant after the age of 45 without assistance. That means you’ll need to see specialists to have the quality of your eggs confirmed. 

You will need to take hormone supplements and it is likely that you’ll need either IVF or ICSI to help the sperm implant in the egg and the pregnancy to start.

It should be noted that there is a difference between IVF and ICSI. IVF removes your egg and places good quality sperm next to it, allowing them to break their way in and start the fertilization process. 

ICSI removes the egg from your womb and injects a single sperm into it. When it is confirmed as fertilized it is placed back into your womb for you to carry until it’s time for your baby to be born.

Assuming the pregnancy takes as normal, thanks to the hormone treatment, it will continue in the same way as a natural pregnancy.

Additional Health Risks

It should be noted that getting pregnant later in life carries a high risk of issues for the mother. The biggest problems are likely to be miscarriage and stillbirths. However, you may also experience high blood pressure and excessive blood loss during the birth process.

In most cases the risks are minimal. But, if you’re 46 and pregnant you’ll need additional care from your medical specialists. It will be important to monitor you and the baby carefully throughout the pregnancy.

After all, pregnancy places a large strain on your body and you are likely to have more health issues than you did in your twenties. That’s why extra care is needed. 

On a positive note, the number of women over 45 becoming pregnant is increasing. It’s no longer an exclusive club and it has become socially acceptable. This will at least make the process of trying for, and hopefully having, a baby much easier.