Tick tock tick tock…Do you hear that?
TICK TOCK TICK TOCK. Seriously…do you hear that? I can’t be the only one who can hear my biological clock ticking. That sucker is loud. Like a constant reminder that I’m running out of time.
My husband and I have talked about adding another to our brood…but either the time wasn’t right or we were waiting for some event to pass. And now, here I sit ever so slightly past the age of “ADVANCED MATERNAL AGE.”
Advanced Maternal Age is defined as a woman who will be 35 or older at the time she gives birth.
Seriously, could we find a better term? Advanced makes me sound 80.) As if to add insult to injury – there’s an increased chance that it’ll take me longer to get pregnant. In fact, it’s recommended that couples over 35 seek assistance after only 6 months of unsuccessful attempts while couples under 35 must try for at least a year.
Once we do get pregnant there’s an increased risk of miscarriage. There’s also an increased chance for multiples as my ovaries attempt to throw out any good eggs I’ve got left.
Once we make it through the first trimester there’s an increased risk that I’ll deliver early, have a small baby, develop pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes. Finally there’s the increased risk of having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality.
BEING OLD SUCKS!
And while there’s nothing I can do about my age there are plenty of things I can do to try and lower my risks for most of the other stuff. Diet and exercise can go a long way in reducing the risks for preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. A generally healthy lifestyle can help carry to term and deliver a health baby.
So while we haven’t figured out of the risks outweigh the benefits for us yet, at least I know there are things I can do today to increase my chances of a healthy pregnant … even at my super old age.I’m a numbers person, so I know the risks that come with my “advanced” age. (Seriously can we