New here and worried....

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New here and worried....
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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 2:59pm

This is far from my first pregnancy, but this time I am scared about all of the "risks" of being pregnant after 40.

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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 3:40pm
Hi, Donna! Welcome and congratulations! It sounds like your fears are pretty typical of a 40 year old Mom-to-be. But despite what we read and hear, the odds are still largely in our favor to have a healthy baby. I'm Joan, am 42, and am pregnant with #3. I don't think you really need to do anything differently now than you did when you were younger and pregnant; just be informed. There are increased odds of Downs Syndrome and a few other abnormalities, but again, the odds are still largely in our favor that our babies will be healthy. If you haven't started already, taking prenatal vitamins is a good first step; they contain Folic Acid which has been proven to significantly help reduce spinal defects such as Spina Bifida. Aside from that, avoid the obvious dangers, eat healthy, and take care of yourself -- all of which are recommended for any Mom-to-be regardless of her age. I think you'll get lots of helpful tips and advice from the ladies here -- they're awesome! I look forward to getting to know you over the next several months.

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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 4:18pm

Donna,


Congratulations, and welcome! I'm 42, and single, and this is my first time trying to have a baby. And no,

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 1:20pm

Thank you ladies for your support.

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 2:47pm

Hey Donna,


Congratulations on your pg.

Carol, mom to 7

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 3:44pm
Good to see another mom who has had success at this.
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Tue, 02-09-2010 - 7:12am

Hey Donna,


My approach to being pregnant at 43 is to remind your family you'd like a nap. Or you deserve a nap. Or your doctor says you must have a nap (while they..... play quietly, clean their rooms, watch Dora the explorer with their 4 year old sister, or take the children to McDonald's). Whichever is age or husband appropriate. LOL!


I'm gonna milk it. I powered through my age 40 pregnancy, with 4 children 8 and under.

Andy, Gerard, Sarah, Merina and Emma call me Mama,


but you can call me


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Tue, 02-09-2010 - 12:55pm

Hi Donna,


I just turned 41, having baby #1 in June. I'm not considered high risk for any reason and haven't had any extra testing because of my age. My OB's practice sees many many women have normal pregnancies and deliveries in the 35 and over set. I've felt great other than the usual aches and pains and fatigue.


Congratulations! I hope your husband is pleasantly surprised when you tell him the news. Any plans on how you're going to break it to him?


Take care and welcome aboard,


Kristen

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Tue, 02-09-2010 - 3:47pm

Thanks for all of your support.

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Thu, 02-11-2010 - 5:55pm

Congratulations!!! I am 47 and have 6 kids...The last two at 43 and 46!!! Everything went GREAT. EnjoYythis blessing.

TLC

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