I am in my late 30s and I want to get pregnant. Should I do anything special?

As you age, you have an increasing chance of having a baby born with a birth defect. Yet most women in their late 30s and early 40s have healthy babies. See your doctor regularly before you even start trying to get pregnant. She will be able to help you prepare your body for pregnancy. She will also be able to tell you about how age can affect pregnancy.

During your pregnancy, seeing your doctor regularly is very important. Because of your age, your doctor will probably suggest some additional tests to check on your baby's health.

More and more women are waiting until they are in their late 30’s  to have children. While many women of that age have no problems getting pregnant, there are many women who have great difficulty, especially once they turn 40.   Fifty percent of women in their late 30’s see a fertility specialist for help getting pregnant.  Fertility does decline with age.  Women over 34 who don't get pregnant after six months of trying should see their doctors for a fertility evaluation.  See our article on Age and Fertility

Experts define infertility as the inability to become pregnant after trying for one year. If you think you or your partner may be infertile, talk to a specialist.  Doctors who specialize in infertility are called Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Specialists.  See our Find a Doctor section for help finding a specialist in your area.  She or he will be able to evaluate your fertility and if needed, suggest treatment options.