Am I crazy to want to have another child at 46 yrs of age and is it healthy? In a recent conversation with a Dr. at a conference I was attending with my husband, she said it had nothing to do with my age but my overall health. If I was healthy we should be ok to try but be sure to get good prenatal care and all of the tests along the way. Should I or should I not try that is the question? The Doctor said that it would probably take longer to get pregnant but not impossible.”
Getting pregnant at 46 is not impossible, but most women who try will not be able to. After age 35, there are fewer eggs to be released and hormone levels decrease and thin the lining of the uterus, natural changes that happen even to fit and healthy women. The miscarriage rate for women over 45 is about 50 percent, and the odds of conceiving a child with a chromosomal disorder are also high. Deciding to try or not is a personal decision, and you need to ask yourself a lot of grown-up questions: Is it worth trying given the risk of disappointment or miscarriage? If screening tests indicate a potential problem, how will you deal with that? Will you be up for the physical challenges of mothering to come, like chasing and lifting a 20-pound toddler 50 times a day, or shooting hoops with a teenager? These are tough questions that only you can answer.