When I first went to the Doctor to confirm the store bought pregnancy test, I was heartbroken to hear the nurse say we need to check for ectopic pregnancy. Here is the definition of ectopic pregnancy, just in case you do not know what ectopic pregnancy is, it a condition where the egg is fertilized outside the uterus. How could this happen? I could not sleep the day before my next appointment. It was then determined that I was too far along with my pregnancy for this to be an issue that I needed to worry about. If it was ectopic pregnancy, I would have had pain or even death by now because I was already 8 weeks pregnant. I was happy to hear that I was cleared of this common condition for women over 40.
After the ectopic scare now comes the Down Syndrome. They want to test my amniotic fluid to see if my child with be born with Down Syndrome. I did not want to take this test because it required the fluid to be extracted with a large syringe and I do not like getting stuck with big needles.
During my next office visit the nurse told me they were going to perform a sonogram have an orgasm aka ultrasound to check for a mole pregnancy. A mole pregnancy which is recognized in the medical field as molar pregnancy is an abnormality during pregnancy in which the chorionic villi around the fetus degenerate and form clusters of fluid-filled sacs and the fetus dies. The ultrasound was proof positive that I was indeed pregnant.
What a horrible first trimester for me. Just so you all will know I gave birth to a healthy baby boy but I wanted to share my experience with the world since I gave birth at 42 years old without any major complications.
Being 40 and Pregnant second trimester
The second trimester which is month 4, 5 and 6 was going smoothly. I still had worries about the down syndrome since I did not take the test and every time I had a new nurse she would ask me if I had the amino test done because of my age I was high risk. I would feel bad saying no because what if he was a Down Syndrome baby, is it something I could do to prevent it before he is born?
I did not gain a lot of weight so the Doctor told me I need to gain 2 pounds per week. I did not want to gain that kind of weight because I gained 80 pounds but he was only 7lbs 14 oz. and I was stuck with all the weight to lose.
When I reached 20 weeks (5 months) my Doctor scheduled another ultrasound in which I was told he was a boy. I was really hoping for a girl but I will give him the same love I was planning for my daughter.
My first son is 22 years old and I still remember the swelling of hands and feet by month 5 but I did not have any swelling this time. I think I am older and my diet is different, I am not eating whole pizzas and hamburgers. I now eat more salads and fresh fruits.
Pregnant over 40 third trimester
My third trimester started out find, my weight was under control and I was feeling good about myself until the day I had to be admitted to the hospital. During my 8 month of pregnancy I started urinating a lot but I thought it was due to the fact that the baby was growing. I started urinating every 30 minutes and drinking lots of water. One day I felt dizzy and I checked my blood pressure because I bought a checker based on the fact that women over 40 have or sometimes develop high pressure while pregnant.
When I checked my blood pressure was 162/99 and normal ranges are 140/80 so I decided that we need to go to the emergency room since it was a Sunday afternoon and my Doctor’s office was closed. When the emergency team checked my pressure it was the same as the numbers at home. They did checked my glucose blood sugar levels and it was 394 and normal was about 140 after a meal. So it was determined that I had developed diabetes. How could this be because nobody in my family has diabetes? The Doctors were trying to determine if it was just gestational diabetes which will go away after the baby is born or permanent diabetes. I was admitted into the hospital and had to stay 9 days and was released with several bottles of insulin to control my diabetes.
While in the hospital I had to deal with the reality that the baby could be born with low blood sugar. I would be scared when the Doctor’s told me that High Blood Pressure and Diabetes could lead to a still born baby. I was scared and upset a lot of days so my blood pressure would be out of control so I told them to stop telling me the negative things that could happen otherwise I will never get well enough to be released.
I so ready to go home but I could not be released from the hospital until my glucose level reached 140 one hour after a meal but mine would change from 175 to 200 then back to 165. The Doctors thought that I was eating food from outside the hospital like candy and cookies. I told them I was only eating the meals they gave me. It turned out that the diet was not set and the food the hospital provided was not for a diabetic person.
My hospital diet was changed and my blood sugar level went back to normal. I had to learn how to give myself insulin injections and I do not like needles. Well after my son was born, my blood sugar returned to normal and I am now diabetes free again. My son was born healthy and he weighed 6 lbs. 6 oz.