How to Recognize the Signs of Pregnancy When You are Over 40

If you're over 40, you may confuse the signs of pregnancy with perimenopause.

Many women over 40 mistakenly think they can't get pregnant, and even when there are what would be obvious signs of pregnancy to others, they go into denial. Some women over 40 mistakenly believe these pregnancy signs are an early menopause, not pregnancy. If there is any chance that you could be pregnant, and you start noticing classic pregnancy symptoms, consult your physician for a definitive diagnosis.

Pay attention to your periods, or lack thereof. If you are over 40 and have missed your period or if your period is spotty or very light, this can be either a sign of pregnancy or perimenopause. Many women have spotting during pregnancy around the time they would expect their period. Err on the side of caution and take a home pregnancy test.

Pay attention to how your body feels in general. When you are 40 and are feeling tired and fatigued, your natural reaction may be that you are tired just because you are getting older. However, if you are fatigued and other symptoms also are coming into play, make note of all of your symptoms to see if they fit into one big picture.

Observe whether you are moodier than normal. Many women over 40 do experience mood swings and chalk them up to peri-menopause or menopause, but if you are sexually active and don't use birth control, you could be pregnant. Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your concerns.

If you are urinating more than usual or have developed an issue with incontinence suddenly, check with your doctor. It could be a medical condition resulting from your age or pregnancy.

Keep an eye on the scale. Woman over 40 hear all the time that their metabolism slows down and that could be the cause for sudden weight changes. If you haven't changed your diet and you are suddenly putting on a few pounds, don't assume it's just age.


If you are sexually active and fail to use any type of birth control, you can still be pregnant. Abstinence is the only 100-percent effective method of birth control.