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2010 December 30
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by Pamela

“Advanced Maternal Age” is code for “You’re old”.  And because I’m old,  my OB’s are going to make me come in an extra 24 times over the last six weeks of the pregnancy.

Nevermind that I’ve had three super easy pregnancies, two uncomplicated births,  perfect bloodwork, tests, weight gain, etc.  I am 35 so I am old and will spend the next 6 weeks driving back and forth to my OB’s office.

The reason for all the extra visits?  Fetal non-stress tests to make sure the baby is moving enough.  Because I’m old and my old decrepid body could be making an old decrepid placenta.  10 months ago when I was 34 my body was capable of making perfect placentas, but now, not so much.  She bounces on my bladder and kicks my ribs on a regular basis, regular enough to send me running to the bathroom every 25 minutes.  But apparently that’s not accurate enough. 

Good thing they have People Magazine in the waiting room.

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  1. Karina H permalink
    December 30, 2010

    At least they are not calling it a geriatric pregnancy I know someone that was over 40 and this is the term that was used during her pregnancy. I would have had to show much restraint! Hoping all goes well for you and the little lady over the next 24 visits!

    • Pamela permalink*
      December 31, 2010

      Yes, no matter when you are there I’ll be there too. :)

  2. Paige Lloyd permalink
    December 30, 2010

    That’s ridiculous!!! Can you politely refuse such excessiveness? During my 4th perfectly healthy pregnancy, I just refused to come in as often as they wanted me to in the last few months. I mean, really, once a week in the last month? Why?? They tried to give me a hard time, but really there’s no law that says you have to do exactly what they tell you to…they should give their advice and wisdom and then let you decide what is best for you and your baby! (IMHO) : )

    • Pamela permalink*
      December 31, 2010

      Yes I can refuse, and I still might. I need to spend some time today doing research. I’m already feeling so overwhelmed with everything I need to do before the baby and all those extra visits are putting me over the proverbial edge. But at the same time my primary goal is to grow a healthy baby and I want to do what’s best for her.

  3. Christy permalink
    December 31, 2010

    im not sure why this is bad?? it might be annoying but a little inconvienance should be nothing compared to having a healhy baby my going in a few extra times probably saved my sons life he was not doing well and the NST showed it
    so yes a little gas and time in a waiting room is definatly worth it :) praying all is well and cannot wait to hear all about your baby girl!!!

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