We could be forgiven for thinking celebrities have secret access to the fountain of youth, and for some it seems that extends to their biological clocks too!

While for some stars, Like Halle Berry falling pregnant later in life is a surprise they weren’t expecting, for others, Like Celine Dion the battle to conceive intentionally is a little more difficult.

Because the reality is that women in their mid-40s only have a five per cent chance of conceiving naturally.

Tania Zaetta

Tania Zaetta was 48 when she welcomed twins Alby and Kenzie thanks to an egg donor and IVF.

The reality of falling pregnant in your forties

A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have. As she ages her eggs age with her and their number and quality reduces over time.

Women younger than 30 have about a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant naturally each month. By age 40, the chance of pregnancy is about five percent each month.

Some people may believe fertility treatment is the answer to pregnancy later in life but with age, treatments like IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and ICSI (Intracytoplasmic sperm injection) success also declines.

Using donor eggs or frozen embryos to try to conceive is another option.

Pregnancy itself can also be more challenging as you age and any pregnancy over age 40 is considered high risk. Your doctor will monitor you and your baby closely for the following:

  • high blood pressure – this may increase your risk of a pregnancy complication called preeclampsia
  • gestational diabetes
  • birth defects, such as Down sydrome
  • miscarriage
  • low birth weight
  • ectopic pregnancy, which sometimes happens with IVF

If you are in your forties and wanting to conceive, it might be challening but it’s definitely possible! Just check out the stars who made it happen in the gallery below …