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<p>You know, those of us who get pregnant past 35.  <img alt=":wink" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif" style=""></p>
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<p>I am 37 and this is my 7th pregnancy in 11 years.  2 of my previous ones were miscarriages, but this would be my 5th living baby.  Personally, I don't plan on doing any of the special testing or anything that goes along with the AMA title, but I probably would if I was a bit older, or if there were a family history of the common problems they normally test for.</p>
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<p>Anyway, I thought I'd start a thread just for us.  So we can chat about our unique issues with pregnancy.  So, how are you doing?  How are you feeling?  Any special concerns?</p>
 

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<p>I am 39, will turn 40 in a couple of months.  I have had 3 losses in the past - 15 yrs ago, 3 yrs ago and 2 yr ago.  I plan to get whatever non-invasive testing done that the doctor wants to do.  My last pregnancy 10 yrs ago was delivered by c-section though my two older kids were vag.  I am hoping to Vbac and have found a doctors office that does do them.  Most offices here will not allow them and it is illegal for midwives to deliver them outside the hospital. FX the doctors office will see things my way because I will fight a c-section that is not needed.</p>
 

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<p>I'm 36 and this is my fifth. I'll be 37 in January. I've never had any special testing other than a u/s before (and routine bloodwork.) I'm sure my mw won't suggest an amnio but I know if I went to an OB they would offer. Honestly, I don't know what exactly an amnio tells you or what other tests are offered.</p>
 

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<p>I don't expect my doctor to offer an amnio just based on age.  If the ultrasound or bloodwork came back "bad" I am sure they would offer.  I would not have it done though.  I am going to have the 12 week ultrasound done where they look for signs of down's syndrome.  I believe they will also do genetic testing through bloodwork but I am not positive.  Regular anatomy scan will be between 16 and 20 weeks. </p>
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<p>I should have mentioned, this is my 7th pregnancy as well.</p>
 

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<p>Me.  I'm 38.     We won't get any testing but an ultrasound. So far this pregnancy doesn't seem much different than any of the others.   I was extremely tired but that is not as overwhelming as it was.   I think I was just having a major hormone flood that week.</p>
 

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<p>I'm 37 and this is my first baby.  DH and I have been trying for over 2 1/2 years.  He had low testosterone and a low sperm count, which we didn't know until after the first year.  He's been on some medications and his count is up and we managed to get pregnant on our own (without IUI or IVF)!</p>
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<p>In the meantime, when we started trying I was 34, and now I'm 37, and kind of nervous about that.</p>
 

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<p>5 of us so far, huh?  <img alt=":love" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif" style=""></p>
 

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<p>Hi there!  I'm 35 and will be 36 in December.  My husband and I tried getting pregnant for over three years...  I couldn't be more excited about the little one to be.</p>
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<p>I do have a 15 year old daughter.  She's awesome.  These kiddos of mine will be nearly 16 years apart in age!</p>
 

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<p>2ndLife, my oldest daughter will be nearly 14.5 when this one arrives. :) I think it's so much fun having a wide age range!</p>
 

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<p>Just found out today that I am 6wks pregnant. I am 37 will turn 38 shortly after baby is born. LIttle nervous. Worried about miscarriage, because I wanted to be pregnant so much. My kids are 5 and 7. Probably wont do any AMA testing except for heart defect ultrasound since MIL had a down syndrome baby when she was 37. Just want to be prepared if baby needs anything after delivery.</p>
 

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<p>My other kids are older as well - dd 19, ds 14 and ds 10.  My dd and this one will be one month short of 20 yrs apart!!!!  I had a doctors appointment today.  8 weeks 6 days and baby measured right on schedule :)</p>
 

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36 here! I was thinking being 11 years older since I last gave birth may be the reason I am so much more tired & sick feeling, but who knows. I do love having older kids as they are helpful & if I need to take a nap it's no big deal. I can't imagine having a toddler right now! It's my DH's first, so it's fun having everything be new & exciting. Right now I don't plan on getting any testing, but I guess we'll see.
 

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<p>I turned 35 in September. I don't plan on doing any extra AMA testing. I'm excited to have big kids when this baby comes. My older two love their baby cousins. We told them about the pregnancy this weekend and my 7 year old was especially excited that we'd get to have a baby at OUR house. My oldest was so difficult as a big brother the first time and it's been great to see how wonderful he is around babies now that he's older.</p>
 

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<p>I'm 39, will be just turning 40 when this one arrives. This is #6, but my kids ages range from 21 to 3. Been together w/ dh for 22 years. He desperately wanted one last one!</p>
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<p>There's a new test called Harmony where blood is drawn at 10 weeks (or later) and checked for trisomy issues. It's only offered through OB's who have a relationship w/ the required lab, so it's not an option for me, but thought I'd mention it. AFM, no tests, etc, unless something "odd" comes up.</p>
 
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<p>I feel so old! lol. I am 43, baby is due the month before I turn 44. Since we saw a heartbeat yesterday at 6+ weeks, I am bravely posting to this thread. We're not in a safety zone yet but starting to allow ourselves to hope a little!</p>
 
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<p>I feel so old! lol. I am 43, baby is due the month before I turn 44. Since we saw a heartbeat yesterday at 6+ weeks, I am bravely posting to this thread. We're not in a safety zone yet but starting to allow ourselves to hope a little!</p>
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<p>How old are your other kids, Toady?</p>
 

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<p>I'm 39, mama to an 8yo daughter, a 9yo stepdaughter and a 8 month old boy. My baby will be born around my 40th birthday. I am SO tired and nauseous with this one... I remember being sick with my daughter 8 years ago, but with my son I wasn't, so I'm thinking maybe girl?</p>
 
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<p>I am 37 and have a 4yo dd.  You know, until I read this thread, I didn't think I was an "at risk" pregnancy due to my age...I thought people started doing those tests over 40.  I have always been a minimalist, so I probably wont unless my MW thinks it is necessary.  Anyway, glad to know there's a bunch of others in my age range who are not thinking about testing.</p>
 

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I'm 35, turning 36 in December <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"> At the initial education meeting at my OB office they said I should get the nuchal translucency test at 12 weeks, and cf testing. Won't be getting the cf since both me and the hubby have had our genes tested on 23andme.com Anyone have any thoughts on the nuchal test? Wish they were offering the Harmony or Panarama instead.
 

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<p>Hope you don't mind if I join you. I'm actually due in early July. :) I am 38 and will be 39 at delivery. DH and I have known each other for 25 years, but only got married 8 years ago. We have three daughters who will be 7, 5, and just turned 3, when this baby arrives. We thought we were done babymaking. We were in the process of saving the coinsurance for a vasectomy, and we were only a month or so away from making an appointment. And then oops!! I even chart and we avoid during my most fertile days. So I guess the plan is four kiddos. :) </p>
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<p>I am not overly upset about the change in plans as I had a really hard time coming to terms with being done. But I am scared! My other three births were pretty amazing, but a part of me is feeling like I am too old to be going through this again. It's funny because last year I was so upset about the thought of never experiencing birth again, and now I am afraid that I wont be able to do it. Or that I am pushing the odds and something will go wrong. I hate these negative thoughts.</p>
 
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