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Pregnancy affects every woman differently. Some have easy pregnancies without sickness or even extreme fatigue. Others, however, are practically sick the entire nine months. And it's important to remember that every pregnancy has its risks. But, if you're over forty and pregnant, your pregnancy can come with a whole slew of additional risks. That's not saying that you won't have a healthy, normal pregnancy. It just means that you need to be healthy, cautious, and careful so you can be on top of your own health and the health of your growing baby.
There are many possible pregnancy complications for women forty and over. Here are just a few:
If you're concerned about any of the above potential complications, make sure to speak with your doctor. Also, with that in mind, it's very important that you keep all of your doctor's appointments over the coming months. These regular, routine visits can help keep tabs on your health and your baby's development. If caught early, some issues can be corrected or even prepared for. Give yourself and your child a better chance at perfect health. Your doctor may suggest additional tests because of your age. Do what you feel comfortable with. If you feel a test is unnecessary or perhaps too intrusive, talk to your doctor about it. S/he may be able to suggest an alternative. Some tests include amniocentesis, maternal serum screenings, and additional ultrasounds.
Being pregnant and over forty years old doesn't mean your pregnancy experience will be so different from younger mothers. You will still need to eat healthily, take the recommended vitamins and supplements to ensure proper health and growth, and maintain an active lifestyle--according to your doctor's orders, of course. You'll also need to take care of your emotional and mental health, just like any other mother.
And just like any other mother, you have a decision to make. If your pregnancy is unplanned or even if you just want to consider your options, you can basically choose one of three choices. You can terminate the pregnancy, parent your child, or place your child with an adoptive family or in foster care. And no matter your age, it can be a heartbreaking and difficult decision to make. If you are unsure what path you should take, study your options completely. Take the time to analyze your feelings and your needs. This is the only way to make an informed decision, and with such a big decision to make, you'll want to be sure that you stayed informed. Pregnancy after forty comes with its own set of hurdles and joys. Whether your pregnancy was planned or unplanned, it's important that you take care of yourself by eating healthily, staying active, and visiting your doctor regularly.
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