Advanced Maternal Age?

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Re : Advanced Maternal Age?

Postby mom29 » Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:08 pm

Kelly! It's nice to see you here again! Yep, the more the merrier.
Summer, most of my pregnancies were easy. You are in the homestretch and it will all be over soon.

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Re : Advanced Maternal Age?

Postby kelly w » Sat Nov 03, 2007 09:54 pm

I had my 5th at 37 last January. I'm really glad I had her. [:D]

Personally, I would not let the age of 38 or 40 or whatever deter me if I thought another baby was what was right for our family. All that stuff about "Advanced Maternal Age" is mostly over blown - the risk does go up slightly, but it is *very* slight.

Good luck deciding! I know VERY few women who regret having any of their babies [no matter how many they have], but I do know quite a few who regret NOT having more... so, my basic philosophy is "the more the merrier!" [;)]

Kelly

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Re : Advanced Maternal Age?

Postby alaskamommy » Sat Nov 03, 2007 02:53 am

Hey, glad to hear I'm not the only "well-seasoned" mommy around here. =D

I had #5 in September, at age 40. If you'd asked me two months ago, I would have said he was the ABSOLUTE LAST baby I would ever have, that I was NEVER getting pregnant again. Well ...

Believe it or not, I would do it again (ducking because Summer is probably whapping me with a virtual couch cushion right now - LOL). Really. Just don't tell my mom or MIL, becaue they'd both kill me. =D

P.S. When I mentioned that I hated the term AMA, one nurse said to be glad that they changed it from what to used to be ... it was like "elderly gravidas" or something. Elderly? Ouch!

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Re : Advanced Maternal Age?

Postby bellemama » Fri Nov 02, 2007 05:40 am

One of my OBs told me that they don't even consider women aged 40-45 old moms anymore, because they see so many in their practice. Nice to know that at 43, I'm not old yet! [:p]

My peri told me that I have no known risk factors or underlying disease, but she doesn't think age was a factor in my HELLP at all. She did take it into account when calculating my risk factor for the odds of developing PE in a subsequent pg, as I'm over 40 and that does increase your risk, but she says overall health is more important.

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Re : Advanced Maternal Age?

Postby tracey » Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:30 am

Thank you to everyone for your responses -- it was very interesting to hear others' perspectives!

And, yes, Summer, I may very well be crazy. [;)] However, as I said, I thought I was done too...but then we came to the point of making a permanent decision (Dh vastectomy), and...well...[:I]

Anyway, I have no idea what this all means, if anything. I am currently no more clear-headed about this than I was a few days ago when I posed the question -- but I guess we have some time to decide.LOL! I will keep you posted if we make any decisions. I do already have an ultra-fabulous peri, who would see me through the entire pregnancy again, so that part would be taken care of. (And I think this affects my confidence level just a wee bit)!

I will add, however, that I was also thrilled to read the experts see this "label" apply to 40+, as I had always heard 35+!

Thanks again!

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Re : Advanced Maternal Age?

Postby ozierja » Tue Oct 30, 2007 09:51 am

I think the risk is also slightly higher when you are having your first over 35 (I was 37 with my first and only) although I like 40+ better!

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Re : Advanced Maternal Age?

Postby summerw77 » Tue Oct 30, 2007 09:40 am

Okay mom29 I think you now take the cake for crazy! Pregnant ELEVEN TIMES! OMG I would rather cut my fingers off then go through this ten more times. You are really truly nuts. WOW. I just can't even imagine spending like 1/3 of my life pregnant. You must have had a few easy pregnancies to get you to keep going lololol. Hey if you have an extra send it on over, mine doesn't want to be an only child but I am certain he will be cuz I wouldn't do this again for ANYTHING!

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Re : Advanced Maternal Age?

Postby taras mom » Tue Oct 30, 2007 09:14 am

Haven't you heard? 40 is the new 30! [;)]

Seriously, I just had my little guy at 42, and my peri says we should consider trying again in a couple of years. Apparently I'm one of his younger patients. I doubt we will, but I'd be much more keen if I were your age.

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Re : Advanced Maternal Age?

Postby trish5 » Tue Oct 30, 2007 09:05 am

I am 39 with my 5th and so far even though I am on the edge of pre-eclampsia, this pregnancy hasn't been too rough. I went to see a specialist and he said that at 35 you have more risk, but the rate is still so low it is almost inconsequential.
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Re : Advanced Maternal Age?

Postby dohertyab » Tue Oct 30, 2007 08:56 am

I was told that my risk would increase with age over 35 of PE as well as other complications. Having said that my high risk dr also said that my history of HELLP was really the biggest issue. There are lots of factors which contribute to PE and if you have all of them that's one thing, and some factors increase your risk a lot and some factors increase your risk a little. Age and PE in my understanding is one of the factors that increases your risk a little. He also said the risk to him was zero, so the decision would have to be mine since the risk was all mine and if I felt the risk was too high then I was done. It made sense to me.

Good luck with your decision.

PS I was 38 when I had my last one.


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