35+ Pregnancy Risks

AMA mother pregnancy and birth risk factors

When I finally decided I wanted to have a baby I set an age of 32 for it to happen by. Whenever I mentioned that to someone, they always reassured me that it wasn’t a big deal if I had a baby when I was older. That it was okay because …technology had advanced and there were so many ways to help me if I got pregnant at an older age and had complications, or women were having babies well into their 40’s and 50’s. Shoot Halle Berry had her first baby at 50. I was like
* 1st of all I’m not Halle Berry
* And I do not have Halle Berry’s money.
* Plus she can have nannies… and trainers…. and nutritionists…. and everything to help get her back together after she has her baby.
* And I’m not going to have none of that.

Honestly everybody was giving me these reassurances about having a baby, in reference to complications and health risks. The only pregnancy risks I had ever thought of were miscarriage, premature birth, stillborn baby, breech birth, fetal alcohol syndrome and down syndrome. The health risks that were for me, I didn’t even know or was thinking about. I had maybe heard of pre-eclampsia, but I still didn’t know what it was. I was just worried about the risk to my knees. I knew that “Drop it, drop it low!” at parties in my 20’s, was sure to catch up to me. Ya feel me?*insert Martin gif* I was most concerned with being young enough to drop, roll and play with my son without being in pain or getting down to play. But getting back up… ehh not so much.So my age cap came & went and I tried to stick to it, but my desire wouldn’t wane. So I kept pushing it back until I stopped stressing and I decided if it happened, it happened and if it didn’t it, it didn’t. AMA, what??By then I was past 35, and what I found out is considered an AMA mother. Now if your face looked anything like mine when you saw this acronym, *insert emoji* I’m sure you were thinking, “What the fuck is an AMA?” It stands for Advanced Maternal Aged which sounds old and also weird to think of myself or any woman at 35 as being that. But it gets worse…AMA is the updated term. The original name was Geriatric Mother. Say it with me now, WHAT. IN. THE. FUCK? I was like geriatric, they got me out here sounding like I’m 80 with a cane and having a baby. The latter term is worse for sure, but I never knew women past a certain age even had a title if they became pregnant. I’m still not fond of what the AMA acronym stands for, so I’m going to rename it Amazing Mother Ascending. Basically meaning, “My age means I’m amazing and when I have a baby it elevates”. I’m not sure if people will figure what that means. I’m also not sure if IGAF, because this sounds waaaaaay better to me that the other and that geriatric BS. And it sounds like something I actually want to be. Risky Business or nawlAll women face risks when they decide to get pregnant or when they are pregnant. I think people believe that when you’re older and you get pregnant you have an extreme amount of risk. (I did before) In actuality the amount of risk that a woman over 35 has from being pregnant, is still very low and consideration. I mean it’s a little higher than the average but not to the point that you should decide not to have a baby. If you’re 35 or older it’s perfectly okay and safe to get pregnant. Most women 35 and pregnant are fine and they have healthy pregnancies and babies. So don’t let the “risks” stop you. Some of those risks are:
* Gestational Diabetes

I had never heard of gestational diabetes and had no clue about it. Something about it’s now makes me think of a cow. 😆😆 I have no idea why…yet. But it makes me think of being wide and hefty like a cow. But it’s not that far off from that when you have it. When I was pregnant I definitely felt like I had the appetite of a cow. No matter how much I ate I never seemed to get full. It wasn’t my whole pregnancy it was just that after a certain point, maybe after like 20 weeks. It was ridiculous for as much as I love food and love to eat. I promise you I got tired of eating, with the not being satisfied after I did so.  Now part of me wondered if this was normal for pregnancy, but another part of me was like this is ridiculous and I did have somebody mention to me something about getting checked for Gestational diabetes. I didn’t know there was a specific kind for pregnancy, but here I was. I was extremely hungry all the time and after the suggestion I mentioned it to my obstetrician in order for them to test for it. They had to give me a glucose check which seems simple enough. The glucose test:

  1. 1. They give you the flavored, liquid glucose drink and you have to take it home with you and you drink it an hour or two hours before you come in for your next visit.
  2. Based off the results of your glucose levels from that test they determine if you need to do the second test. I had to get the second test, which was one of the most excruciating things that I had to deal with. Not like physically in pain (well maybe damn hunger pangs)
  3. BLOOD DRAW #1 I had to come first thing in the morning like 8/8:30, so I would have an empty stomach. They need to make sure I hadn’t eaten for a while, not after midnight, so they could use that 1st blood draw as the control sample.
  4. GLUCOSE JUICE #1 Then they give you one of the glucose drinks and wait for an hour. So during the test they draw your blood 4 different times and you drink some more glucose juice (which was the best part to me since that was the closest thing to food my hangry ass could have). (I had to sit there for 4 effing hours and I couldn’t eat at all. For me that was starving and I was six to seven months pregnant. Thought I was going down. I really think I did some crying at doctor’s office to the point that I just had to go to sleep because I didn’t want to sit there crying. I did have a couple of other patients ask me if I was okay. And I’m thinking, I’m just going to go to sleep because people keep asking me and there’s nothing anybody, but God, can do at this point.)
  5. BLOOD DRAW #2 + GLUCOSE JUICE #2 They tested me after an hour and then I got more juice *insert cheesing emoji*
  6. BLOOD DRAW #3 + GLUCOSE #3 Two hours later they test again and you get your last juice
  7.  LAST . BLOOD . DRAW . Then I got to leave. Praise Him!!
  • I don’t even remember all the specifics that’s kind of the gist. Typically there aren’t any symptoms for gestational diabetes most of the symptoms that you get are normal pregnancy symptoms anyway: dry mouth [x] being tired [x] feeling thirsty [x].
  • I think the extremities of it are what makes the difference between just a regular pregnancy symptom and that of gestational diabetes. So about 10% of pregnant women, a 10:1 ratio, are diagnosed with gestational diabetes as usual I had to be an exception to the rule. Every pregnant woman gets tested for gestational diabetes between 24 and 28 weeks unless there’s a need to do it earlier. I was experiencing issues at about 20 weeks, maybe even like 18 weeks and but they told me that they would be getting me the test soon any. While having gestational diabetes a mother can experience a problem with having a high blood pressure, and it can also cause her to go into early labor. So because I was already having a early birth, at 37 weeks because my age, I had to be closely monitored with my gestational diabetes to make sure I wasn’t going to have an even earlier labor. And of course one of the dangers for the baby is excessive growth. No surprise there since, you’re eating like a damn cow and that could cause complications during delivery or cause for a C-section. Okay, considering you’re pregnant it’s only so many things you can do to treat it. A lot of typical just better lifestyle health changes such as monitoring what you eat, how you move, being more active, changing your diet and portions and monitoring your blood sugar levels. I had a blood glucose monitor and I had to no prick my finger twice a day and test my blood levels. It wasn’t even that bad for me since getting pricked is not something that really bothers me. I’m not scared of needles but I know some people don’t like needles. You just test your blood levels and then you can find out if you’re in a good place and if so you will need to maybe curtail some of your other diet for the rest of the day to get your levels back down before that night. If it spikes have to go to the hospital or and another treatment option is medication if needed. I did not have to do either. I think if your blood levels get too high, too often you have to take a certain medication or medications to keep it down. So if you give birth having Gestational Diabetes with usually mellows itself out. Having Gestational Diabetes does put you at a higher risk of getting Type-2 Diabetes. After I gave birth I was made to take another test to make to sure that I wasn’t still in the diabetic range. I think it was maybe six weeks to 2 months after I gave birth, but because my mother had diabetes I wanted to be proactive. I didn’t have it anymore according to the test. So far so good and it’s been 2 & half years.Preeclampsia I never had It preeclampsia and I briefly heard of it prior to my pregnancy or very early on but I don’t didn’t know much about it except that it dealt with high blood pressure. So it was something that I was on the lookout for because my father had high blood pressure so I didn’t know if it would be something that would affect me.so three main symptoms of preeclampsia are protein in urine high blood pressure and swelling in your hands and feet and I didn’t see any signs of any of that make I have swelling maybe close to what was the end of my pregnancy and I was only like at my ankles of course the other want to something it would have to be done by time I’m at a medical facility for because I didn’t really have any other symptoms are visible symptoms I didn’t I don’t release I don’t remember getting tested for it but I’m pretty sure I didn’t
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    * Intrauterine growth restriction When your fetus is below the 10th percentile (the average they have for fetus characteristics) for its gestational age (the actual length of time for how far along you are). If your baby has smaller organs but a normal it’s primary IUGR and secondary is if the abdomen is small than the normal sized head. During my whole pregancy they kept telling my that my son was in the 95th percentile for his size and head. I just knew I was gonna have this big ole baby and he was only 6lbs 13oz. Liars! I say all that to say that they can be wrong about the percentile they give you. Now if you can visibly see in the sonogram that’s different, but just don’t hold their word to bond because it may not even hold up when you give birth. They don’t typically find evidence of these until the 3rd trimester.

Apparently a lot of the causes of intrauterine growth restriction originated in the placenta you know that’s where the baby grows and your baby while your pregnant and that’s will give the baby is oxygen and nutrients and waste and yes that means they are releasing waste in your placenta which makes me really Preston again why people eat it although they say it’s healthy I just I cannot eating a shitsack does not sound appealing to me but I digress. So some of the other ways that can cause iugr health problems they originated in mom such as:

* Advanced diabetes
* High blood pressure or heart disease
* Infections such as rubella, cytomegalovirus, toxoplasmosis, and syphilis
* Kidney disease or lung disease
* Malnutrition or anemia
* Sickle cell anemia
* Smoking, drinking alcohol, or abusing drugs
* One of the main but simplest ways they diagnose iugr is based on the size of the baby and tip to diagnose that they measure a mother’s fundus, (yeah you read that correctly, because if you’re like me you thought it said fungus at first. Lol) Anywho fundus which is the top of the uterus to the pubic bone and if they measure it and there seems to be some indication of low size than normal. If that doesn’t correspond with your weeks of pregnant that may be an indication that baby isn’t growing as it should. They can also diagnose it through:

* Weight checks
* Doppler flow
* Ultrasound
* Fetal Weight Checks
* Amniocentesis
* Stuff like this why it is so important to keep your prenatal appointments especially the Fetal testing appointments. Being over 35 automatically puts your pregnancy in the high risk column. During my pregnancy those appointments medically felt more important with my Ob. They were where about every other month. They gave me all deets about my baby and it’s health. Not to mention the sex of the baby, which you can find out at 14 weeks when you’re over 35. So that’s a bonus if you are someone that wants to know in advance. Hi
* Less Frequent Ovulation

* Miscarriage (35-45 y.o. have a 20-35% chance increases to 74% for women and aabove ) now miscarriage is another risk factor in one I definitely thought about but I think all women of all ages are always concerned about that because sometimes they just seem so random or it’s just always a fear that you may miscarry a baby but the older we get across the chance increases so women from 35 to 45 years old have a 20 to 35% chance of miscarrying that increases to 74% for women 45 and above the decline in quality in a woman’s eggs is said to be the reason why this happens. Do you know where born with all the eggs are going to have at birth so before we’re even born a female fetus has six to seven million eggs by time we’re born we have 1 million by time we reached about 25 we are down 232 400000 big drop it’s like 60% lower by the time we get to 35 that drops to 25,000 so as you can see this number is drastically dropping so that aids in that problem.