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    Forty years old & pregnant?!
    Sarah McMoyler, RN posted:
    Gasp- this is the now or never zone. The good news is that it is possible and that you are not alone. Celeb moms who have delivered babies in their forty's include: Helen Hunt, Halle Berry, Mariah Carey, Salma Hayek, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.

    So then, what are the issues? It is much harder to achieve pregnancy at this age- which is why it is raining twins- many pregnancies occur with the help of in vitro fertilization (IVF) which often result in more than one baby. After 40, chromosomal malformations are higher, increasing the odds for downs syndrome and possibly autism.

    Additionally, the pregnancy risks increase, including: gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, placental abruption, placenta previa and premature delivery.

    No need to be dismayed or discouraged- it is possible to deliver a healthy baby into the world at an "advanced" maternal age. It does, however, require more testing, ultrasounds and prenatal care with an Obstetrician who has high - risk experience.

    How about you "older" mama's out there? Share your journey with us? It is incredibly helpful to hear from others who have been down this road!

    Sarah McMoyler RN
    fini5 responded:
    I know what im about to ask has nothing to do with being 40 and having kids but I couldn't find anything about csections. I have 3 kids and I had csections with all 3. I might be pregnant again and I'm wondering if having another csection may cause any problems. Or just being pregnant again after 3 c-sections is a high risk on me and my child.
    tlkittycat1968 responded:
    I was 34 when I got married, 38 when I had my first and 40 when I had my second. I didn't have any problems with either one although my second showed higher chance of Down's so I had an amnio. I would still have had her if there was Down's but I wanted to be prepared. Luckily, there was no Down's and she's a perfectly normal, smart two year old.
    An_245058 responded:
    I just turned 46 3 weeks ago, and 2 weeks ago my husband and I had sex. He has super sperm and we both believe I'm pregnant. An HPT after one week sex has shown negative, but it also was expired 6 months ago. I have 3 more tests waiting in the wings and want to know when I can test again, these are new tests this time.

    I have several more questions to ask but want to get this question answered first. Thank you in advance for any input given here,
    Sincerely, eatrightdon't die45
    debbielynnperez replied to An_245058's response:
    If you know when your next menstrual cycle is meant to begin just wait til after. if u really want to know sooner u can go get a blood test done at ur DR.s office.
    Sarah McMoyler, RN replied to fini5's response:
    This is a specific question for your OB/Midwife, as there are many factors to consider: why were c/s done all 3 times, your actual age, risks/benefits to another surgery given your medical history.

    Please let us know what happens,

    Sarah RN
    Sarah McMoyler, RN replied to An_245058's response:
    Please let us know: are you pregnant?? (Not sure there is actual "super sperm" although I do think there are couples who conceive together more readily than others!)

    Thanks, Sarah RN
    Cabarris responded:
    Hi everyone,
    I am not an expert on any of this mommy business, but I am having my first successful pregnancy at age 40, my first pregnancy ended with a mc at eight weeks back in November.

    Everything is going well so far, I will be eleven weeks on Saturday. I heard the baby's heartbeat on June 5. It was the best sound I have ever heard. I wanted to tell the u/s tech please don't stop let me hear it a little while longer.

    My boyfriend already has a five year old, he knew I wanted a baby and this was my last try. I never thought I would have the courage to try again. He helped me get past my fears.

    I am both incredibly happy and nervous about this whole pregnancy. I can't wait to see my tummy expand, although I don't know how I will get in and out of that high bed of mine. I am already rolling on and off right now.

    I can't wait to get out of my first trimester, 10 more days to go.
    Caterina13 responded:
    I am 40 and 10 weeks pregnant and in a lot of pain....the doctors are telling me it is because of old age...I don't think so, I was recently in a minor car accident where a car hit my car from behind, no physical property damage but the hit was pretty hard, I am also dealing with anxiety and depression....I'm wondering if anyone else 40 and pregnant experience extreme pain in the back, abdomen, legs, pelvic area, and headaches in the first trimester.
    june0572 replied to Caterina13's response:
    I must say I can relate to the things your feeling. I am also forty one and I have had three previous children. My last one at 39 ,my second at 35 and my first at 22. This pregnancy has thrown me for a loop! I feel pain everyday in some joint of my body or back . I am 14 weeks and 4 days ,so out of my first trimester. I have also had a cerclage in my two previous pregnancies and this one , which is the sewing up of my cervix to prevent premature labor.but never remember feeling like this. There may be some truth to the age factor
    Caterina13 replied to june0572's response:
    Thank you so for responding. ... but my pain is constant. ... It never stops. ... Tylenol helps to decrease the level of pain I feel but it never goes away. .... I'm praying that once I entry into my second trimester it will go away. Right now, I can't do any long term walking, a flight of steps makes me very tired and out of breath. ....I wanted to enjoy this pregnancy. ... this is my second child. ... my first is nineteen years old.

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