How does this 35+ pregnancy compare to prior pregnancies?
This is my second, and my first was age 33. I was in much better shape physically going into this one. I was working out regularly, eating right, weighed less, etc. BUT...I feel significantly worse with this one. I feel OLD. The aches and pains are worse. The sleep is worse. The m/s and heartburn is worse. The fatigue is worse. My blood pressures are always borderline at every checkup. I'm gaining more weight. My feet are more swollen.
I don't know if I should blame my age, or the fact that I have a toddler to chase around, or that my work hours changed (more hours, less intense), or what. It's probably a combination of all of the above. But I just wondered how the rest of you are doing, compared to younger pregnancies.
Current Age 35, DH 33
BFP 8/2012, Miscarried 9/2012
BFP 9/2012, DS 6/2013
BFP 6/2014, Miscarried 7/2014
BFP 7/2014, DD 4/2015
Re: For those of you who had kids before age 35
I never had ms until this pregnancy and I have been extremely, extremely tired most of this pregnancy compared to the others.
DS2 - Oct 2010 (my VBAC baby!)
2nd at 38 - Morning sickness until 5 months, months 6-8 were great, then the last month was hell on earth!
3rd at 43 - I have been completely exhausted and/or in some sort of pain every single day of this pregnancy. I am gaining weight much faster with this one too.
I definitely think age plays a role! Also, every pregnancy is different. It's possible that the next one would be a great pregnancy.
The only upside for me is getting to see the baby more. With my first I had 1 ultrasound....2nd had 5....3rd by the end of the pregnancy I will have had 12!
Good luck to you!
9/1998 - Ectopic :: 4/2001 - M/C :: 8/2006 - Ectopic :: 4/2007 - M/C :: 8/2008 - Ectopic
4/2010 - DD
4/2012 - M/C
6/2014 - Surprise Pregnancy at 42 yrs old! EDD 2/16/2015
6/9 +HPT :: 6/10 hCG 383 :: 6/12 hCG 1190 :: 6/17 hCG 8224, Prog 26.4
6/24 U/S #1 showing 6w2d CRL .43cm w/HB! :: 7/7 U/S #2 CRL 1.73cm w/strong HB!!
7/31 NT Scan U/S #3 CRL 49mm, HB160 | MaterniT21 - Negative!! TEAM PINK
9/2 - AFP Panel - Negative | U/S #4 HB150
10/1 Anatomy U/S #5 | HB 134 | CPCs found, Trisomy 18 ruled out w/Mat21 on 7/31 | all other development normal!
11/24 - Glucose was normal at 94
1/12 BPP/Growth U/S #9 HB 129, weighs 5lb 12oz already w/ 4 weeks to go!!
1/20 BPP/Growth U/S#10 HB 155, weight 6lb 9oz :: 1/26 BPP U/S#11 HB153 :: 2/2 BPP U/S #12 HB 137 :: 2/9 BPP U/S #13 HB 150
BFP 4/8/14, MMC 5/5/14, D&C 5/9/14
BFP 8/26/14 Due date 5/8/15
19 with DD1 = intense swelling due to pre-eclampsia, sleepiness, and such bad morning sickness that I lost weight my first trimester. (I was one month away from being 20)
22 with DS1 = mild morning sickness during 3rd trimester, migraines occasionally, sleepiness, got a kidney infection that KILLED me with pain but wasn't the babies fault.
35 with DD2 = morning sickness off and on whole pregnancy, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, exhaustion, memory loss (I was totally worthless at work) and total intolerance for meat.
38 now and 6 wks preggo = sleepiness, back ache (doing my sciatica stretches) mild indigestion.
I am hopeful that the symptoms really due line up with the baby and not with age!
With 7 children I am pretty busy so I can't let aches or pains slow me down....plus my husband will not hear of me complaining...he would flip out...so it does me no good. Pregnancies symptoms have been pretty consistent with each pregnancy I have had. I do think, however, I have felt much more irritable with this pregnancy than my others. Not sure if that is age related or just do to the fact that I have a lot to deal with.