+HPT at 42!

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+HPT at 42!
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Wed, 04-07-2010 - 9:54pm

Hi! I'm so darn excited to join you! DH and I have been TTC our first for years, well sometimes really trying and sometimes simply not preventing. Today, I scheduled my first appointment with a fertility specialist and well, it did the trick, lol! I realized my period was due yesterday and tested -- a clear BFP, my first one ever. I'll test again tomorrow morning to be sure. Not telling DH yet, but it is difficult. Please baby, stick.

Thanks for listening. Any advice is welcome and I can't wait to get to know all of you!

Leah
due 12/15/2010

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Registered: 04-06-2006
In reply to: sunnymama7
Thu, 04-08-2010 - 2:46am

Congratulations Leah! What thrilling news for you and your husband! For the moment I'm not sure what kind of "advice" you have in mind, so just do the obvious things.... take your prenatal vitamins and get plenty of rest.... How about parenting books, would you be interested in some suggestions?


My personal favorites are the following:


1) Your Baby and Child by Penelope Leach


2) Between Parent and Child by Dr. Haim Ginott (this for when the child is a bit older)


3) Attachment Parenting by William and Martha Sears


4) The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League


These are all books that I cherish in my bookshelves and have read many, many times over. Full of truly excellent and inspiring advice. Get thee to a bookstore asap!


Sticky baby vibes & good luck to you,


Molly

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Registered: 03-05-2008
In reply to: sunnymama7
Thu, 04-08-2010 - 8:38am
Hi Leah. Welcome and congratulations! How exciting to be pregnant after trying for so long! Hooray!!! I'm sending lots of sticky baby vibes your way. Please let us know how you're feeling, etc.. As far advice, the best thing I can think of -- which is what I've told just about every member who's asked for advice, LOL -- is to just try to take one day at a time. Best wishes to you.

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Registered: 05-04-2006
In reply to: sunnymama7
Thu, 04-08-2010 - 10:07am

Thank you Molly and Joan. Congratulations on your babies too!

I feel pretty good. My head felt slightly dizzy and achy last night, and food made my stomach a bit queezy, but I'm not complaining! And so far I am just living in the moment and not worrying too far into the future (that is so unlike me). I'm calling doctors this morning. The best part is that I told DH this morning after my second positive test -- he smiled sooo big, I think he even giggled. :)

Prenatal vitamins are on my shopping list today, and I'll pick up those books too, I've been planning (forever) to practice attachment parenting and to breast feed. I do take a handful of vitamins every day (D, B-complex, omega 3s, calcium, antioxidants), but I guess the prenatals would be better?

Thanks again!

Leah

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Registered: 03-24-2010
In reply to: sunnymama7
Thu, 04-08-2010 - 10:47am

Hello Leah,


Congratulations to you!

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Registered: 08-19-2008
In reply to: sunnymama7
Thu, 04-08-2010 - 11:21am
Congratulations Leah!
First time mother at 43 to Colt - born Oct. 24 2010
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Registered: 05-04-2006
In reply to: sunnymama7
Thu, 04-08-2010 - 11:41am
Thanks Barbara! Congratulations to you also! Yes, it's so good not to feel alone in this. I look forward to updates from you too!

Leah

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Registered: 03-05-2008
In reply to: sunnymama7
Thu, 04-08-2010 - 3:22pm
When you call your OB's office (if you haven't already), ask about the vitamins. For sure, for sure, you want to make sure you're getting a sufficient amount of folic acid since that has been proven to significantly reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the baby. But you also have to be careful to not take too much of any one vitamin, mineral, or other supplement so you may find the doc suggests you quit taking some of all your other vitamins and take just a prenatal. Best wishes to you. I'm glad to hear your hubby was so excited about your news! : )

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Registered: 01-23-2010
In reply to: sunnymama7
Fri, 04-09-2010 - 10:56am

Hi Leah. Welcome and congratulations. I have not experienced infertility (that I'm aware of) but am 42 and not married so I didn't really set out on a planned pregnancy. Now it's happened and, even though I am still single at this point, I'm very excited about the prospect of becoming a mother. I went through the screening for DS or other chromosomal abnormalities, but had decided early I would try to carry the baby as long as the pregnancy was viable. So far, my screening numbers have come back great (originally 1 in 50 for DS just based on my age and now the risk is cut to 1 in 447 for DS and one in 1700 for another trisomy). I have opted to not undergo CVS or amnio, as others here have opted to do for their own reasons. It's a very individual choice, although I've heard that if this was 10 years ago or more, doctors might have pressured me to do it. All the baby's organs seem to be developing normally, and I've had no major complications aside from some of the typical pregnancy annoyances (MS, insomnia, heartburn, rashes). I'm also huge for 5 months-- think I look more like 7 ms pregnant.

Hoping your pregnancy journey also goes smoothly. Please keep us updated on your progress.

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Registered: 05-04-2006
In reply to: sunnymama7
Fri, 04-09-2010 - 11:39am

Good point Joan. I didn't think about taking too much of a vitamin, I did stop taking the herbal supplements that are discouraged during pregnancy though. I checked the webMD recommended dosages and I am taking enough of all them, taking too much calcium, iron, and D3. I doubt they would lower my iron or calcium though, I have Celiac disease and am borderline anemic even with the high dosage, and bone density is often a problem for Celiacs too. I'm researching gluten-free prenatals so I can switch to them, but am relieved for now that my "old" vitamin routine seems sufficient and I'm lowering the D3 just in case.

My first appointment is at 7weeks, 1 day (Apr. 29th) with a nurse practitioner. I'm disappointed/annoyed that they gave me the typical routine even after I explained that I am 42 with Celiac. The receptionist said she'd "write a note" to the nurse practitioner to see if the appt. should be bumped up. Does that sound normal and OK?

Leah

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Registered: 05-04-2006
In reply to: sunnymama7
Fri, 04-09-2010 - 11:50am

Karen,

Congrats on your little boy!!! That is terrific that your screenings look so good! I can't wait to feel (hopefully) that relief. It's encouraging to see over-40 pregnancies that are doing great, seems that most of the reading focuses on the scary stuff.

Leah

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