Although it sounds quite impossible to get pregnant during a woman’s menopausal years, research shows that it is very possible for a woman to get pregnant during the years leading up to her menopause time. In fact, the US is recording more cases of menopausal women getting pregnant. Some attribute this trend towards the desire of many women to first pursue their careers before settling into motherhood. Whatever reasoning that could be there for pregnancy during menopause; the bottom-line is that it is possible to get pregnant during menopause. For women who may not wish to get pregnant during menopause, it is important that they keep up with their family planning method up to two years after their last periods.
Getting pregnant during menopausal years is not as guaranteed as when one is still young-this is due to the irregular periods that a menopausal woman has. Secondly, unlike men who get new sperms during their lifetime, a woman is born with all the eggs they could ever have in their life time. By the time of menopause, ageing has also taken its toll on the eggs posing the risk of chromosomal abnormalities. Chromosomal abnormalities increase the risk of such diseases as Down syndrome which increases with the age of the mother. The baby could be at a risk of being born underweight, premature or ending in still birth. In addition to the risk of such abnormalities, menopause is usually accompanied by high risk of such diseases as placental problems (placenta previa), ectopic pregnancy, heart-disease and gestational diabetes.
Thus said, it is important that any menopausal woman who gets pregnant learns of how to have a healthy pregnancy during menopause
How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy During Menopause?
Get Enough Sleep
While this is standard advice for all pregnant women, it is critical for menopausal women who are pregnant. Most menopausal women have so much commitment; work, family and a host of other issues that may not all them to have as much rest as needed. The required minimum of sleep time is 8 hours, research has shown that most women are too busy and end up sleeping for at-most 6 hours; 2 hours short of the minimum requirement. Such busy women should look for ways in which they are able to create ample time for their resting-they could delegate or seek help for some of their duties from family members and colleagues.
Ensure You Have Quality Sleep
It is not enough to have sleep; you need to ensure that your sleep is quality sleep. So how does one get quality sleep? Research indicates that sleeping early (hours before midnight) is crucial to getting quality sleep. In addition, it is important for the menopausal woman to have consistent times for which she goes to bed and gets out of bed. This consistency will enable the menopausal woman tackle such menopausal symptoms as amnesia. It will train your body to get the maximum from your sleep time and have the mother maximize her ability to transfer nutrients to her unborn child.
Exercise is very crucial to any human being. For the menopausal woman, exercise ensures more circulation of nutrients to the whole body and especially ensures a healthy pregnancy. Regular exercise balances out nutrients in the body by burning out excess fats that could be detrimental to the woman’s body and heart. Many women suffer from fatigue in the first trimester of their pregnancy. Doing regular exercise ensures that the menopausal woman combats fatigue and is in good shape to carry the pregnancy. In addition, exercise boosts an individual’s immune system and helps them fight off infections that would come along the pregnancy. Caution however needs to be taken so that exercise does not become detrimental to the mother and the baby-if one is unsure, they should consult with their doctor.
Regular exercise will reduce your weight to healthy levels and reduce the risks of heart disease, and diabetes and blood pressure.
Supplements have been around for a long time. They boost nutritional supply to the body and especially for the pregnant women, they serve a great deal in ensuring enough nutrients supply in the body. They are not only limited to vitamins and minerals, a pregnant woman could get essential nutrients through this supplements.
A selective diet is needed at this time. A woman should not just eat more because she is carrying a baby in her womb, she should be able to choose wisely what she eats. Cruciferous vegetables, complex carbohydrates and proteins are needed in a balanced diet of the pregnant menopausal woman. Eat more organic food.
Stress is quite detrimental to any pregnancy as it increases the risk of heart disease, blood pressure and may lead to miscarriage. If necessary get professional help.
Get Proper Prenatal Care
Especially for a menopausal woman it is important to be under proper prenatal care-let your doctors know from the very start the state of your pregnancy. Attend every regular check up to attend to any issues that could arise along the way.
It is true that menopausal women get pregnant. Every woman needs take great care of themselves to ensure they have a healthy pregnancy during menopause.