We all know that fertility decreases as we age but the process begins earlier than you may think. A woman's fertility declines much sooner than most women expect due to the normal age-related decrease in the number of eggs but also due to the quality of eggs that remain. Your best reproductive years are in your 20s. Fertility gradually declines in the 30s, and even more so after age 35. By age 40, pregnancy chances are less than 5% per cycle, so fewer than 5 out of 100 women will become pregnant each month at age 40.

If you're over 35 and TTC, here's what you need to know!

TTC: 35 and Over

Where To Begin: Getting Pregnant

While being 35 and older does present itself with some extra challenges, many women this age (and even older) get pregnant and have healthy babies. Of course, the number one thing you should do when trying to get pregnant, whether you are 20 or 40, is lead a healthy lifestyle, including diet, exercise, stress reduction:

Pre-Trimester Diet and Lifestyle Tips
Preconception Vitamins
Fertility Diet & Lifestyle Guide for Men and Women
Optimal Pregnancy Weight Gain

Check out our 12 steps for preconception care!

  1. See your doctor first
  2. Get educated and learn about fertility and getting pregnant
  3. Improve the health of you and your partner
  4. Review your medications and supplements
  5. Stop smoking, stop alcohol and eat the right food
  6. Be at your optimal weight
  7. Try and relax
  8. See your dentist
  9. Check your health insurance
  10. Getting pregnant after stopping birth control
  11. See an infertility specialist if necessary
  12. His pre-trimester of the pregnancy is important, too!


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