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#1 of 9 Old 05-13-2013, 01:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am very excited to admit that my husband and I are finally thinking about TTC again in the next six months or so. I have a very spirited 3 year old who has required all of my attention, so I was not ready to even think about another child. Now that he is getting older and more independent, DH and I agree that we aren't done. The concern I have is that I am going to be 34 in July. I am hoping we will start TTC in September. If we don't get pregnant right away, I will be 35 or older when I give birth. Do I need to be concerned? Is there anything I should be doing to ensure my health, or is this in any way different than TTC at a younger age? I had a wonderful natural birth with my son, and I would love to have the second pregnancy and birth go the same way.

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I will be 38 when I deliver my baby, and my OB has never mentioned my age except maybe in reference to my risk of having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality.  All of my testing turned out just fine though.  35 is an arbitrary number that doesn't necessarily mean much.  I know plenty of people who had healthy pregnancies and homebirths at ages beyond 35.  I would advise starting folic acid 3 months before you start TTC and seek some additional testing if you aren't pregnant after 6 months of trying.  Other than that, Good Luck!




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I understand your concern but....you are still very young and probably healthy. I think most doctors consider 39 advanced but even then it is fine. My friend in France just had a healthy baby boy(at home) and she turned 43 last month!

 

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Thanks! I don't feel old or anything, lol. I heard something about being treated as high risk if you are over 35, but I don't know if it's true. My brother has downs, but my mom was 23 when she had him, so I know that age really means nothing. I am trying to be healthy in preparation for TTC, but I'm not sure if there is anything special I should be doing.

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I was worried I would be considered "high risk" too, but I have never heard that phrase directed at me. 




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My "advanced age" has never been mentioned to me by anyone at all. I am 39 and just had my 7th baby seven weeks ago.

 

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I was 35 when my youngest was born and just posted a thread about hubby wanting another baby and I am 40 now!! Good luck concieving and enjoy your pregnancy!

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I was 35 when I gave birth to my first.  There were some extra tests, but we could have declined them.  We didn't because of previous issues they were reasonable.  I think advanced maternal age is just an insurance term these days, good news is that insurance is more likely to pay if you need something extra. I had one former military doctor tell me that in the military they actually used the term elderly pregnancy!  Not sure if it was true.  But, you have nothing to worry about.  I am right there with you on having the spirited toddler and not being ready to think about TTC again, hopefully I'll come out of this stage as it seems you have!  Be well with your choice and your body (which BTW is perfectly capable of this).


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They may as well put on my paperwork "Old as Hell" LOL. I'll be 39 when I deliver my second and I was 35 for the first. I am considered high risk because I have gestational diabetes and I'm older. But whatever!!! Hubby and I have even talked about having another down the line so I guess I'll be senile by then LOL.

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