Friday, April 16, 2010

Advanced Maternal Age

Eleven years ago, when I was expecting my first child, I was confidently certain that I would never hear the words Advanced Maternal Age applied to me. My husband and I began our family at a fairly young age and so naturally I believed I would also be done at a fairly young age.

Ha ha ha! When I went for my first check up with this pregnancy, my doctor pointed out that I would reach that dreaded "Advanced Maternal Age" before I delivered this child. Fortunately, for me it hasn't really changed anything about my pregnancy except that I feel older and creakier (not to mention more exhausted) than I did eleven years ago.

But here I am. Today I have reached the milestone of Advanced Maternal Age. I didn't expect that. But if you'd asked me eleven years ago, I certainly wouldn't have expected to be Catholic or have five other children either.

If you'd asked me 25 years ago, I wouldn't have even thought I'd be living in Tennessee. I didn't make it east of the Mississippi until I was in sixth grade.

Funny things happen, but as they say, "Getting older is better than the alternative."


Diane said...

Um - happy birthday? Who needs arbitrary labels from the docs, anyway? Hope the day is fun, stress-free (as much as it can be!) and happy!

melissa said...

I think I've told you this before, but I had our last (8th) when I was 43. Rock on, Jordana. ;)

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday!

Kimberlee said...

Happy, happy birthday to you (you young thing)!!!

Michelle Smiles said...

Happy advanced maternal age/happy birthday!

I had the geriatric label throughout my pregnancy - nothing like making us feel young and pretty!

nicole said...

Happy Birthday! I don't want to be in that kind of pregnancy either, but I guess only time will tell. We tell ourselves on our hard days that we'll still be in our 40s when our kids are out of the house or at least very independent. If that is not true I might have to check into the loony bin. :)

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