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Old 12-10-2001, 09:31 AM   #1
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44 and trying

i just turned 44 and would like to try to have my first - i am in pretty good shape and lately have been losing weight and walking/working out. Is this too old to be trying ?? I know my changes of getting pregnant are slim but i figure this is my last chance - my cycle is usally regular and from 21 to 27 days - would like to hear from other older moms and any other advise . My DR said okay but to hurry up - sal

 
Old 12-10-2001, 11:27 AM   #2
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Re: 44 and trying

lol Im 25, had my first at 20 so I guess I cant commisserate, but it made me laugh a bit. My mom's a very young beautiful 50, and grrrrr if one more person thinks my 5 year old daughter is my little sister Im gonna scream!!!lol Just kidding. Seriously, your situation is not rare these days and with adequate testing, and proper medical supervision, you should be fine. There is an increased risk of down's syndrome, but plenty of women in their 40's have perfectly healthy babies.

 
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Old 12-10-2001, 12:50 PM   #3
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Re: 44 and trying

You shouldn't have any problems because my mother had me when she was 42 and I am 19 right now. Only thing she did mention is that they will most likely test you to see if the child has an abnormalities (ie: down syndrome) being that they occur more often the older that you have a child.

I don't know the name of the procedure, but they do insert some type of syringe into your abdomen and draw out fluid from the embryo and then they test it for all sorts of things.

But that is pretty much it, i was born healthy, only thing my mom had with me was that I was born breech and my mom was actually suppose to push me around (my head was by her ribs) to try and get my head towards her vagina, but 1) she hated doing it and 2) it really didn't work that much anyways <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> But of course anyone can be breech, regardless of age <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

But definitely you shouldn't have any problems, and I am so happy now that it is becoming more common for older women to have children, and the bond between my mother and I is very special, also the bond that I have with my older brother and sister is great(they're in they're late 30's early 40's now). But I love it.

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Old 12-10-2001, 02:53 PM   #4
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Re: 44 and trying

Ok first they dont do Amnios unless other tests indicate that they should so dont get worried over that just yet.
Also you should talk to your doctor because with older women they want to be able to keep their eye on. Also you dont have to try for as long as younger women do. Women age 35 and up only have to be TTC for six months before the doctors will start running the various tests for infertility. Dont get scared over that either. They do that because as you age your eggs age also which tends to make conceiving harder. So they dont like to waste time by making one try longer than they should.
Here is that site again that might help you also. <A HREF="http://www.fertilityplus.org" TARGET=_blank>www.fertilityplus.org</A>
You can start charting your temps and such now that way if you do have to go to your doctor for help you can already have some steps out of the way. The site will help you are great deal with that. It also has some good tips for helping getting pregnant.

 
Old 01-02-2002, 01:52 PM   #5
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Re: 44 and trying

thanks for all your replies and encouragment - would like to hear more from older 1st time moms or pregnacys - good or bad - keep them coming - thanks
SAL

 
Old 02-25-2002, 03:26 PM   #6
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Re: 44 and trying

It's nice to hear of another "older" woman trying for the first time. I'm 35 and we're going to start trying in 3 months. We're trying to time the pregnancy so I'm not pregnant during the summer when we're busiest with our schedules. (Ok, so it's a dream, but it's a nice dream). I've heard that it can take longer for older women since their eggs are older. Best of luck to you and to me!

 
Old 02-25-2002, 06:35 PM   #7
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Re: 44 and trying

Congrats on trying!! I'm a young one here but my hubby is older..39 to be exact..when his first was born. The good thing about being older is you have more money..heehee! If you are willing to spend $150-$200 you can try the Clear Plan Easy fertility moniter. It works great and is a lot more reliable than the ovulation sticks..even though it does the same thing..basically. And don't have sex too much..hubby's sperm won't be strong enough to make it where it wants to go!! Oh, one more thing..I had a problem with this.. don't get up right after sex. I know your doc says tinkle right after sex to keep from getting a UTI but it hinders conception. I was told to lay with a pillow under my boohinney for 15-20 min. after sex to help hubby's little swimmers get to their goal. I guess they don't have to work as hard if they aren't fighting gravity(and your muscles)!! I don't know if you knew any of that..if so sorry..if not hope I could be of some help. Good luck!!

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Old 02-25-2002, 06:37 PM   #8
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Re: 44 and trying

Congrats on trying!! I'm a young one here but my hubby is older..39 to be exact..when his first was born. The good thing about being older is you have more money..heehee! If you are willing to spend $150-$200 you can try the Clear Plan Easy fertility moniter. It works great and is a lot more reliable than the ovulation sticks..even though it does the same thing..basically. And don't have sex too much..hubby's sperm won't be strong enough to make it where it wants to go!! Oh, one more thing..I had a problem with this.. don't get up right after sex. I know your doc says tinkle right after sex to keep from getting a UTI but it hinders conception. I was told to lay with a pillow under my boohinney for 15-20 min. after sex to help hubby's little swimmers get to their goal. I guess they don't have to work as hard if they aren't fighting gravity(and your muscles)!! I don't know if you knew any of that..if so sorry..if not hope I could be of some help. Good luck!!

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