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June 22nd, 2012, 11:51 AM
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It has been many years since I had my daughter. I am a little nervous about being pregnant at my age. For those of you that have experience with being pregnant at 40+ what differences can I expect with the pregnancy? Do the doctors treat older mom's the same as younger moms, are the sysmptoms worse with age, etc?.. please share what you know.
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June 22nd, 2012, 02:32 PM
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I haven't been pregnant at 40 before so not much help there but I was 37-38 with my last pregnancy. It had been 7 years prior to that so was a change for me. I noticed that I had more frequent visits and alot more u/s. I also had anamnio for genetic testing which was new. As far as treatment by healthcare I found no difference really. If anything maybe more care due to the higher risk. As far as symptoms go my last pregnancy was my best. No morning sickness and never tired til the very end. I worked throughout most of it as a nurse. I did have a placents bleed but that can happen no matter what your age.I did develop PIH and started into Pre E at 36 weeks which ended in a c-section. This time around has not been as easy which goes to show that every pregnancy is different. I've been sick and tired and alot more achy and crampy. No bleeding though so thats good .I'm not sure if this helps much. I'm supposed to go over in more detail next week with my pregnancy plan after my u/s. Let me know what your doctor says at your visit. Just curious what the standards are for AMA (lol)

* just wanted to add that I bought a book today for pregnancy over 35. I'm interested to see what it says. Found it brand new at a second hand shop for $2!!
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July 2nd, 2012, 10:13 PM
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Everything is harder over 40 including pregnancy. That being said, most women over 40 have normal, uncomplicated pregnancies. The risks of genetic problems is higher with age as is the risk of complications like hypertension and diabetes. The placenta may not age as well so expect to get NSTs towards the end of pregnancy. It may not be wise to go much past your due date.

There is a good discussion about these issues here: AMA
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July 4th, 2012, 10:31 AM
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I wasn't over 40 when I had my baby. I was 38 but the Drs were very reassuring and didn't treat me differently (I think; I have nothing to compare to). When I told the Dr I want to get pregnant fast after the birth b/c of my age he told me "Why? You have plenty of time." I think maybe more women have children when they are older? So it's not that uncommon nowadays?
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