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Old 08-25-2006, 07:58 PM   #1
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Is being 35 y.o. considered high risk ??

Hello, Just wondering if me just turnining 35 would be considered a high risk pregnancy? I had a pregnancy a few years ago. I was wondering what the difference would be this time around ? I heard extra testing would be involved but i really don't know ??? One other question, i go to the dr. for the first time on monday, me going into my seventh week. They are doing an hcg test. How long before i can get results ?? Sorry for all the ???'s
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Old 08-25-2006, 09:57 PM   #2
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Re: Is being 35 y.o. considered high risk ??

35 and older is considered "advanced maternal age" is what my doctor told me. I will be 35 when I deliver my first baby. Most physicians offer genetic testing to women that are 35 and older but they don't make you do it. It is offered and then you decide and its a personal decision. You just have to weigh he risks vs the benefits.

 
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Old 08-26-2006, 07:54 AM   #3
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Re: Is being 35 y.o. considered high risk ??

My cousin is like 36 or 37 and she is pg w/ her 2nd. For both her pgs (her son will be 2 in Oct.) she had to have an amniosentices (sp?). I'm not sure at what age they start doing those but, I think they are common around your age. She has never mentioned that either pg was considered high risk. I think it really depends on other conditions that may be present and the results of the amnio. Good luck at your first appointment; hopefullly you'll get reassuring news!!
As far as the HCG test, I've had 4 of them done so far and found out the same day. I did IVF and it's common at my reproductive center to do at least 2 to make sure the HCG is doubling during the 4th week. I had 2 more because I started out low, so they wanted to be extra careful. But since you are at your 7th week, they will probably just do 1 and check to see that it's in the normal range for where you're at right now.

 
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Re: Is being 35 y.o. considered high risk ??

I'm 35 and am pg for the first time (almost 8 wks). I also regularly teach a section on prenatal development to my dev psych class, and we discuss the latest research on the relationship between age and pregnancy risks.

The main thing that happens differently at 35, as km suggested, is the recommendation to do an amniocentesis to check for genetic problems (esp Down's syndrome). There are risks associated with the actual procedure itself (I'll spare you my class lecture notes - there is quite a bit of info on the procedure available online), but at age 35, researchers have found that the risks of genetic problems are 'equivalent' to the risks associated with the procedure itself. In other words, the risks of not doing the procedure are roughly equal to the risks of doing the procedure. And after 35 the benefits of the amnio begin to outweigh the risks.

Hopefully that helps clarify and not confuse!!
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Old 08-26-2006, 01:39 PM   #5
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my sil was 36 with her second dd. she was found to be high risk for downs her tests showed 23 in 1 chance so she had the cvs and my niece was born perfect as the cvs told us she would be. she was not considered high risk pregnancy at all, best of luck
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I delivered my last at 37. Instead of amnio I had the 1st trimester screening. It's an ultrasound to measure the nuchal fold and a blood test. These results together give you your odds of having something wrong with the baby. There is no risk and it's about 85% accurate. Ask about this test if you don't want to risk the amnio. It must be done before 12 weeks to get accurate results.

 
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Re: Is being 35 y.o. considered high risk ??

Thanks for the advise girls !! I go tommorow for my checkup/test.

 
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