Hello everyone! I'm 37 and pregnant for the first time. This has been a shock because my husband and I stopped using birth control several years ago. We weren't trying, but not preventing either. We had pretty much come to terms with being childless, and then SURPRISE! So here we are, 10 weeks pregnant. I have been a nervous wreck a lot of the time. I have an anxiety disorder, and I stopped taking my meds on my doctor's recommendation. Luckily, no real panic. I feel pretty good for being unmedicated, but I'm seeing a therapist just in case. I am overweight (5'6", wear a size 16) and I've had high blood pressure for 6 months or so. I'm trying not to worry too much. I'm eating healthy almost all the time, with a few treats here and there, and walking for exercise most days of the week, except for the days when I just can't make myself do it!
More than anything, I just want a healthy baby. There is so much scariness about being AMA, overweight, and now with high blood pressure too! I'm hoping to just find some support and encouragement here from others who can relate!
Re: 37 yo, 10 wks pregnant
The best thing you can do for yourself and your baby is eat healthy. Check if your ins company covers seeing a nutritionist. I'm sure that will help maintain a healthy weight and maybe help your high bp. In the past year I have lost over thirty pounds by eating a balanced diet. So I will definitely be your cheerleader!!!!
Don't worry about being AMA. Lol I think 37 is young. I hope your anxiety doesn't get too bad. But if think you need to go back on meds there are some you can take. Be honest with your doctor about how you feel. You need to take care of you inorder to have a healthy baby.
DD born 8/96, DS born 8/04
NTNP since 2006, active trying 1/13
Natural M/C 3/13 at 7 weeks
I feel like I'm in very good company here, like we are all in this together in some ways.
Oh and if I did my math right our EDD's are about a week apart. I'm 13 weeks / due 12/24/15. I'll be right there with you eating as healthy as I can and walking etc! Don't beat yourself up if you faulter! I have really been upset with myself b/c morning sickness has been kicking my butt and the only things I can stomach are carbs ... And the only time I do not feel nauseous is when I'm eating said carbs. So sadly I've gained a bit already. We can motivate each other
We are in the middle of moving across country (I'm literally laying in a hotel bed in the middle of Texas writing this!) so once we are settled I'll get back to walking a few miles a day too!
Good news on the NT scan! And your BP. I just got our blood work back & all looks normal for us & we're having a boy keep us posted on how things are going!
Did your Dr offer any alternatives?
I have stayed on some sort of medication during all of my pregnancies (this is my 3rd). We tried stopping right before I got pregnant and I'll just say the wheels came off the tracks. It wasn't good so I went back to my usual dose.
So the 'mini' attacks ... It's that uncomfortable feeling of chest tightness and shortness of breath ... Muscle tension. If I make sure to stay hydrated, stay away from caffeine and limit sugar it happens less.
At one point in my life (late teens, early 20's) I had such bad anxiety attacks that I didn't know how I could possibly live the rest of my life like that. So I try to stay calm and remember that I've gotten through much worse. If I can I lay down and close my eyes too.