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Pregnancy after 35: Midlife Fruit

Read through the Word of God and you will find that Scripture's testimony about late-life pregnancy is that such fruit of the womb is a most particular and exceptional blessing from God.  When told she would bear a child, Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I have become old, shall I have pleasure" (Gen. 18:12).  Babies are a pleasure, and very often an older Mama understands this in a particularly rich way.

If you discover you are experiencing morning sickness while most of your friends are feeling nauseous only because their youngest is learning how to drive, praise God for His goodness to you in your middle years.

Personally, I began having children at 35, so I understand the added fatigue (which I found really only was noticeable in my 40-something pregnancy), and the added anxious thoughts about possible difficulties.  As with all pregnant women, we experience this time as a trial and a testing, one that gives us opportunity to cast all our cares upon our God, because He cares for us, and to follow the commandment to "be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Phil. 4:6)

A word about screening tests.  Ask your husband for direction about this, and pray as a couple before accepting any offer of screening tests. 

We chose to decline all offers because we understood that the primary reason people screen is to find out if the baby is healthy. Our continual testimony to our health care providers was, "The tests are not always accurate.  God, who IS always accurate, already knows if our baby is healthy, and is completely able to give us the grace to raise this child at the time of the birth.  These tests mainly are used to make a decision about aborting the baby, and this is NOT an option." 

Of course, my husband and I understand when a Christian family chooses the tests in order to be prepared for  particular trials in raising a baby with extra needs, but we personally were willing to swap that extra preparation time for the opportunity to give this testimony, one that declares to an unbelieving world that ALL children are a blessing from the Lord.

While giving this testimony, I also could mention how very sad it made me to see the downs syndrome population declining in our country, even though there are more and more women having babies later in life (and the chances of having a downs syndrome baby are 1 in 20 by the time you are 45). 

If you've ever had a friend or a family member with downs syndrome, you will know what a tragic loss this is to our civilization, as diagnostic tests and abortion availability begin to exterminate an entire population of people, who, on the very level of their chromosomes, are unique, often with a propensity toward affection unknown to us who have plain old regular chromosome 21s.

God has created these babies with chromosomal abnormalities as part of His plan for human kind.  Parents who understand this truth are particularly blessed as they raise their children for the glory of God.  If you'd like to see Christian faith in action regarding these issues, watch this powerful testimony.

 

 

Pregnancy over 35

What you need to know:

Healthy women from age 35 into their 40s usually have healthy pregnancies. If problems do arise, they can usually be successfully treated.

Women over age 35 have an increased risk of:
  • Fertility problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes 
  • Miscarriage
  • Placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta is in the wrong place and covers the cervix
  • Cesarean section
  • Premature delivery
  • Stillbirth
  • A baby with a genetic disorder

Because of these increased risks for women over 35, prenatal care is especially important.

What you can do:
No matter what your age, see your health care provider before trying to get pregnant. This is especially important if you:

  • Have a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, a seizure disorder or high blood pressure
  • Are on long-term medication

If not under control, some medical conditions can cause risks for you and your baby.

If you are older than 35 and don’t get pregnant after trying for six months, see your health care provider.  Older women may find it harder to get pregnant than younger women because fertility declines with age. In many cases, infertility can be treated.


Prenatal Care Is Important
Prenatal care is especially important for women over 35 because they're more likely to get high blood pressure and diabetes for the first time during pregnancy.

Healthy Habits
To help reduce risks during pregnancy:

  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Gain a healthy amount of weight.
  • Exercise, with your health care provider's guidance.
  • Don't drink alcohol, smoke or take illegal drugs.
  • Don't take any medications or herbal supplements without first checking with your health care provider.


 original by March of Dimes

 

One midwife's advice for older pregnant Mamas...

This from a dear midwife: "I usually have my mommas take extra progest cream in the early part of their preg, applying it daily until they feel movement.  Then save it until after delivery, and begin taking it again. 


You can try a visit to a dr or a DO  or a CNM who has prescriptive privileges that can order it from a compounding pharmacy, or buy some (not as strong) from a health food store."

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