Hi Im the mother of 5 children ages ranging between 22 - 4 years old and I have just found out that I am 4 weeks pregnant!! This is not a planned pregnancy but we are happy to continue with it. Im just worried because of my age and the increased risks of things going wrong. I would love to hear from anyone who has been through or is going through this same experience.

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Andrea - posted on 07/17/2012

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I'm not as old as some of the mom's on this post, but I have 7 children of my own, ages from 19 down to 2. i was classified as high risk not only to age and lot of pregnancies but because of the pregnancy dietetics. However I got enrolled to a wonderful class for pregnant women due around the same time. Not only did it provide a way to talk about things that was on my mind but others as well.. If they offer it where you are, you should look into it. It does not take away from the high risk doctors you may see, but adds to them, my class was 2 hours long and the doctor who was in charge was able to see everyone of us one on one, then the group class, you could ask anything in front of the class or if it was real personal, you could speak to her alone. With the 2 hour time frame, you don't feel as though your rushed as with many others.

Philippa - posted on 06/20/2012

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Hi Linda,
Thank you for sharing your story with me, its nice to hear something positive about having a child when you are older than the 'norm'. At the moment Im playing the waiting game because I cant have an early scan until I have seen the midwife and she cant see me for another 3 weeks. Its a little frustrating because us older mums are classed as high risk but there doesnt seem to be much of a rush to get things in motion. I am really looking forward to having this baby whatever the future holds and I hope we experience as much joy as you have.

Linda - posted on 06/19/2012

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Hi Philippa,
I was 46 when our daughter was born. She is now 8 years old. I also have a son who is 35 and a daughter 33. I was so surprised by how well my body handled this last pregnancy. The birth was fine, I took the epidural :)

Our daughter does have Down Syndrome, but no major things (like heart problems). I did not get the amnio because I would keep the baby no matter what. I didn't want to put her or myself through that. We did the blood test and the 2nd stage ultrasound. After the ultrasound, the doctor said I had less of a chance of having a child with DS, because her heart and all else looked fine.

We are super happy, she is a wonderful girl. She reads, is learning addition quickly, has great common sense. Loves to dance and will be in her 3rd dance recital this weekend!

I wish you the best of luck, although you may tire more easily now, it is still mostly good!!
Linda

Donna - posted on 06/17/2012

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I had 5 children the first at 19 and the last at 39 had them all natural it sure is harder giving birth as you get older

Philippa - posted on 06/12/2012

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Hi louise, I am 42 and will be 43 when the baby is born. we have decided not to have an amnio, and yes it is up to mother nature. I suppose my biggest concern is the high risk of miscarriage because even though this isnt a planned pregnancy in the few days we have known about it i have come round to the idea very quickly.

Louise - posted on 06/12/2012

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How old are you Phillippa? I have children in their 20's and a three year old little girl. It is scary going through a pregnancy when your older as you are aware of all the things that can go wrong. All I can say is women 100 years ago were having children very late in life and that was the norm. You can decide what you want to do with medical science these days. Have all the tests going or let mother nature take its course. Its really up to you!

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