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Pregnant After 35 Message Board

Congratulations on being pregnant! If you are 35 or over, we hope that you will find camaraderie and support here as you deal with what might be unique issues for your situation.

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Once I got over the initial concerns that go along with being pregnant for the first time at 35, I relaxed a bit and found that I was really comfortable hanging out here with women my own age. We have a nice mix of women with kids (who have advice to share) and first-time moms (who can share in the confusion and wonder of the strange and unexpected things that happen to a pregnant body!) We also have a good number of 'graduates' who have stuck around to share baby updates and offer support to the new pregnant moms who arrive all the time. We tend to approach things from a very balanced and non-judgmental way and that even if we have differences of opinion; we remain ever supportive of each other. This may be because we all appreciate how special it is to be Pregnant After 35, regardless of the circumstances. -- cl-cshee

 

This was my second pregnancy after 35, but I found that I needed the support and camaraderie of women nearer my own age. I wanted to talk with women who were dealing with decisions regarding prenatal testing such as MSAFP, nuchal translucency screening, amniocentesis, CVS and who were considering or going to genetic counseling. I wanted to be able to share my concerns and joys over my level II ultrasound. I wanted to share the wonder of becoming a mother with other women who were over 35. I love how the women on this board are from all beliefs, all walks of life, yet we all support and advise one another in a non-judgmental fashion. We can agree to disagree on the personal choices one makes in prenatal testing and care, as well as in parenting - and we can do it without offense. I really like how we have women in all stages of pregnancy, including graduates who've hung around and kept us updated on their babies!-- ginaeg

This board is filled with a variety of women who are knowledgeable and eager to share their experiences. I never considered myself 'old' until I became pregnant at 35. All of a sudden, I was labeled 'advanced maternal age' and was given genetic testing options. People were shocked that I was pregnant, so then I got worried. The board helped me to see that women my age (and older) are giving birth to healthy babies every day. I learned so much (and still do). -- kay0317

 

This board is a sea of calm and support...maybe good things do come with age? I look at the world a little differently at this age than 15 years ago. Time has a way of bringing more maturity and peace with oneself and respect for all choices -- though others' views might not be the same as mine. This is a great forum for real people sharing their real experiences. With all of the fear out there about "advanced maternal age" and the various tests and risks involved...realistically things usually turn out all right.-- jennyanne2004

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