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#26 Soontobegran

Posted 14 March 2016 - 12:51 PM

View PostJRA, on 14 March 2016 - 12:38 PM, said:

True STBG, I am not saying it should be non monitored, but really struggling to see 37 as advanced maternal age.

ETA: I can't imagine being my mum, having twins as her first pregnancy at 37 and not expecting twins!!

I agree with you JRA since it is not too much older than the average age of a first time mum these days.

#27 No Drama Please

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:09 PM

I had mine at 38 and 40. I wasn't even referred to as older for my first, I was thrilled to see "elderly" primigravida on my card. No extra tests though from what I recall.

#28 sueratbag

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:31 PM

Here's a scary thought. My mum was 41 when I was born. Your baby might turn out like me!!

On the other hand, she had an uneventful pregnancy and birth. And I'm not too bad, really....

#29 BEANStalk

Posted 14 March 2016 - 08:37 PM

I'm 39 and had my first 7 months ago. I had the usual scans at 12 and 20 weeks and from 36 weeks my OB performed a scan once a week. I don't want to scare you but I sure am glad she did! I didn't think it was necessary at the time as I felt absolutely fine (throughout the whole pregnancy), but at 37 weeks my amniotic fluid was low and at 38 weeks it was close to nothing, and the little one's heart beat was dipping very low. I ended up having an emergency C-section (definitely not what I was planning!) and everything has turned out just fine. I'm just so thankful I had someone looking out for me. All the best with your pregnancy.

Edited by BEANStalk, 14 March 2016 - 08:39 PM.


#30 Oriental lily

Posted 14 March 2016 - 08:44 PM

I was 38 during my last pregnancy and not once did they mention my age . No extra scans . No extra check ups .  Nothing different from my earlier ' younger me ' pregnancies .

I was public though .

#31 EdithJB

Posted 14 March 2016 - 09:10 PM

I was 36 when I found out I was pregnant late. I missed out on many of the prescans  and only had one ultrasound. I am lucky to say I have an extremely healthy, robust and flourishing 15 month old. I am rather haggard now though! Age is a number. Don't let your mind take you for a ride. All the best with your pregnancy.

Edited by EdithJB, 14 March 2016 - 09:15 PM.


#32 IamtheMumma

Posted 14 March 2016 - 09:38 PM

I only had the nuchal testing due to my "advanced maternal age" at 38.

A friend of mine had a surprise pregnancy at 47. She was referred to as the "elderly mother". She was not happy.

#33 Treadyourownpath

Posted 14 March 2016 - 11:13 PM

Great to hear different experiences. Thanks for your input STBG, I will take the extra scans and care 😊 And be thankful for the extra care rather than getting hung up on the risks due to being older.

#34 Holidayromp

Posted 18 March 2016 - 11:29 AM

I had my first baby at 29 and my final just before my 41st birthday.  I do pregnancies very well as observed by my caregivers and I declined all extra monitoring 'just because'.
It's all about stats which do not give a very clear picture at all as fertility like pregnancies are very individual.
Some of these tests are quite invasive and carry risks to the unborn child which I was not prepared to take 'just because'. I declined extra gtt tests as diabetes is not in the family and had no indication of it in previous pregnancies and the one test I had - opted to go straight to the tolerance test rather than stuffing around with the challenge give excellent results.
I feel testing should be based on the individual rather than stats that really don't give accurate results.
The chromosomal risks to the unborn baby also occur to those in their twenties, same with gestational diabetes and a myriad of pregnancy issues - testing should be across the board and not just because.

#35 Boombox

Posted 18 March 2016 - 11:41 AM

View PostHolidayromp, on 18 March 2016 - 11:29 AM, said:

The chromosomal risks to the unborn baby also occur to those in their twenties, same with gestational diabetes and a myriad of pregnancy issues - testing should be across the board and not just because.

This is true, but statistically most pregnancy complications are more likely the older you get.
For Down syndrome alone the risk at a certain age jumps from 1:900 at 30 years old, to 1:100 ay 40, to 1:25 at 45! As well, being over 30 is a risk factor for gestational diabetes, same for high blood pressure. So, I suppose this is why it's "just because" for advanced maternal age- the risks are genuinely there.

Edited by Boombox, 18 March 2016 - 11:43 AM.


#36 Bidi

Posted 29 March 2016 - 03:44 PM

I am 5 weeks with no.4 and just turned 38.  

Last year one of my friends mentioned a "harmony test" and I thought it was because of her age that they were doing this test.  

I had my 3rd at 36 and no one suggested any extra tests.

Should I ask my doctor for extra tests even if he doesn't mention them?

#37 Teds

Posted 29 March 2016 - 05:39 PM

37? Phah, just a baby!

Had mine one and only at 38. I had gd, but I have a family history of it. So I was closely monitored, but because of this, not my age. All went well, was induced, again due to the gd, not my age. Good luck with your pregnancy, and your new baby. I might be a little jealous...

#38 Teds

Posted 29 March 2016 - 05:42 PM

And I don't think there is a need to ask for extra tests, more just pay close attention to the ones they do. If there are any concerns, the current tests should pick them up and can be addressed then. Harmony test is worth looking into but be aware there is a cost as it is still pretty new.

#39 Ukmumma

Posted 30 March 2016 - 04:26 PM

I was 39 with my daughter and they said they wouldn't let me go over the due date she came 3 weeks early anyway, I did have gd for the first time though it was baby number five, I'm 40 now due in November so I'll see what they say this time, I only had nuchal scan last time and was low risk so will probably do the same this time!

#40 Holidayromp

Posted 30 March 2016 - 05:53 PM

View PostBoombox, on 18 March 2016 - 11:41 AM, said:



This is true, but statistically most pregnancy complications are more likely the older you get.
For Down syndrome alone the risk at a certain age jumps from 1:900 at 30 years old, to 1:100 ay 40, to 1:25 at 45! As well, being over 30 is a risk factor for gestational diabetes, same for high blood pressure. So, I suppose this is why it's "just because" for advanced maternal age- the risks are genuinely there.

Stats are just that - just stats and does not take individuals in consideration. Unfortunately stats have a tendency to put fear into people's hearts and have them looking for things that are not there.
Maybe in the future there can be a sort of individual dna test which will give accurate results on peak fertility, decline and potential chromosomal issues and when menopause is likely to occur. Then expensive tests can be avoided just because some stats on other women states what happened to them will happen to me.

#41 Holidayromp

Posted 30 March 2016 - 05:58 PM

View PostUkmumma, on 30 March 2016 - 04:26 PM, said:

I was 39 with my daughter and they said they wouldn't let me go over the due date she came 3 weeks early anyway, I did have gd for the first time though it was baby number five, I'm 40 now due in November so I'll see what they say this time, I only had nuchal scan last time and was low risk so will probably do the same this time!

Pffft I was 40 with number four and I went 10 days overdue and no signs of any imminent labour so had a CS.
I would get a second opinion particularly if your previous births were fine. Medical intervention comes with its own set of risks and should not be entered into lightly 'just because'.

#42 zaza5

Posted 22 May 2016 - 12:10 AM

I was 39 when pregnant with DD1.  I saw a specialist ob because of blood disorder.  I raised my age because he never raised it and when I did ask whether there were extra risks for me, etc because of age he didn't make much of it at all.  no-one treated me any differently at all.  And I went back to him one year later with DD2 and again age was never, ever raised by anyone i dealt with.  as others have said, there may be risks, but they are relatively small.  just enjoy and don't worry :)

#43 balancing.act

Posted 23 May 2016 - 12:28 AM

I had DS1 at 38. Not a single problem to be had. We did have the Harmony test and were vigilant in those areas to make sure we were aware of choices.

Lost DS2 at 32 weeks due to a car accident.

Am now at 39 about to start trying again. We'll see. I'm not considering age to be an issue. Fingers crossed.




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