Hi I'm 41 and have PCOS.
Welcome and congratulations! I am actually new here myself...and am 41 as well. This is my first pregnancy.
I don't think you are too late for screening tests at all. The triple screen blood test can be done during the 15th and 20th week, as can amniocentesis. We were nervous about the increased risk of birth defects, being older, but the risk of Down's Syndrome at 41 is only 1 in 119. That's a slightly less than 1% chance, and more than 99% that the baby won't have Down's. (The risk for ANY birth defect is a bit higher, but still less than 2%, which to me is still pretty reassuring.)
I look forward to hearing more about your journey!
Kristen 5 weeksDue Date: 2/25/11
I am 42 and also was shocked to learn I was pregnant.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I am Carol, and I am 46, expecting #7. This will be my 4th baby born in my 40s. I had my last 3 at 40, 42 and 45 and they are all fine. So far this one looks good too. There are a lot of negative statistics out there, but there are also a lot of women with perfectly normal babies at our age. And hey, you are almost 1/2 way already!
I always have the level II ultrasound done at 20 weeks--it looks more closely at the baby. I have never done any of the invasive testing, figure I am going to have my babies no matter what comes. Happy and healthy rest of your pregnancy!
Carol, mom to 6
Carol, mom to 7
Hi Kristen, Cheryl
Congratulations to both of you! I think I am still in shock at the moment but I know I will get used to the idea in time.
Congratulations on your pg!
Check out this book; funny and well written. She found out she was 24 weeks pregnant at age 44, after being diagnozed as infertile 14 years earlier. She had very mixed emotions about the pregnancy.
I was also stunned to find myself pregnant at 41.
Congratulations on your most recent pregnancy! Can I just say that I understand a little bit of your shock as our first born was conceived via IVF/ICSI in 2004. We were told that we had a less than 1% chance of ever conceiving on our own and that if we didn't do IVF/ICSI we would need to use donor sperm or consider childless living.
Well, I am now expecting baby #3, our second boy, and our 2nd spontaneous conception!!! I too was drinking, taking aspirin, no prenatal tablets or folic acid, etc. After being referred to our perinatologist (due to high risk issues) he assured me that 90% of the world's babies are conceived w/o folic acid and that many women engage in the same behaviors including illicit drug use (which I do not), so I felt much better!
Wishing you a wonderful and happy 5 months ahead (ha!)!!!
7 Weeks PG and Happy!
After 3 previous miscarriages in the last 4 years, I don't know whether to be happy or not. The first