American actress Chloe Sevigny is set to become a first-time mum!

While the 45-year-old actress hasn’t yet publicly confirmed the news, she was photographed last week in New York showing off her burgeoning baby bump. Chloe is reportedly five months into her pregnancy with her partner Sinisa Mackovic, who is the director of a New York City art gallery.

 

 

The Oscar-nominated actress also hinted at her baby news in a New Year Instagram post.

“So much gratitude for such a fruitful year, much love and many thanks to all my friends and collaborators,” she wrote.

It’s unclear if the American Horror star’s pregnancy was natural or if she fell pregnant with the help of IVF or a donor egg but according to the stats, women in their mid-40s have a five per cent chance of conceiving naturally.

Why, you may ask? Fertility is the most important factor.

You see, 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.

Congratulations to first-time mum-to-be, Chloe Sevigny.

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!