Pregnancy news, 15/01/2018
Image credit: @catdeeley via Instagram
Cat Deeley and her husband Patrick Kielty have announced that they’re expecting their second child in the spring.
Over the moon to share that Milo is going to be a big brother! Can’t wait to be a family of four in the spring. We’re all so excited. ❤️
— Cat Deeley (@catdeeley) January 14, 2018
In the past, Cat has spoken about wanting a bigger family and her worries about getting pregnant again. These fears came after doctors told her she was “triple high risk” due to her age, and called her a “geriatric mum”.
Pregnancy over the age of 35
Fertility starts to fall after the mid-thirties, which is why doctors often advise women to have children before they are 35 years old. It can be harder to conceive for some couples, but it is not impossible.
- At 35, 95% of women can get pregnant after three years of having regular unprotected sex.
- At 38, 75% can get pregnant after three years of having regular unprotected sex.
The risk of pregnancy complications can also increase, which is why these mothers will be cared for by a consultant team throughout their pregnancy.
Advice if you're trying to get pregnant
If you’re trying to get pregnant - at any age - the best advice is to lead a healthy lifestyle. This means:
- exercising regularly
- eating a balanced diet
- stop smoking
- drink less alcohol
- make other small lifestyle changes.
When to speak to a doctor about fertility
If you are over 35, speak to your doctor if you have:
- been trying for six months and are not pregnant yet.
- other health problems that might be affecting your fertility, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis.
Find out more about getting pregnant
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Getting to know your menstrual cycle can help you understand when you’re most likely to get pregnant during every month.
Having regular, unprotected sex will give you the best chance of getting pregnant but knowing when you are most fertile also helps.
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