"Advanced Maternal Age" and preeclampsia

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Re: "Advanced Maternal Age" and preeclampsia

Postby catherine » Sun May 22, 2011 11:43 am

Worse, AMA is 35 on EDD, so you can technically be in the zone at 34... I was.
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Re: "Advanced Maternal Age" and preeclampsia

Postby laura » Tue May 17, 2011 03:56 pm

I think they call AMA at 35.
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Re: "Advanced Maternal Age" and preeclampsia

Postby riehlism » Tue May 17, 2011 03:01 pm

What age is considered "Advanced Maternal Age." 40 today isn't the 40 of yesteryear. Is there a defined period of advanced maternal age?
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Re: "Advanced Maternal Age" and preeclampsia

Postby laura » Mon May 16, 2011 09:55 pm

Tracy, nice to "see" you again! Have you talked with your MFM about it? You could be in spectacular shape for 40, with your 40 closer to my 25- especially if you don't have chronic hypertension or any other chronic disease.

Captain (Catherine) was an older mom, and it appeared that her PE was less related to her age than her quirky uterus and high maintenance blood. I'd talk with the doc about it- the factors may be different than you think!
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Re: "Advanced Maternal Age" and preeclampsia

Postby mom29 » Thu May 12, 2011 03:02 pm

I had severe pre-eclampsia by the time I delivered my first child (32+ weeker) when I was 23.

I had PIH, and post-partum pre-eclampsia when I had my son when I was 40.

With my next baby three years later, I was already on labetalol and actually experienced a drop in my blood pressure which required me to go off the bp meds. during my third trimester. My bp went right back up after my son was born though.

I am currently 11 weeks pregnant and the only age related risk the mfm mentioned is regarding the increased potential for genetic abnormalities. I do have to take insulin because I had pre-diabetes prior to this pregnancy, but it is not too much of a problem to be vigilant about this.

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Re: "Advanced Maternal Age" and preeclampsia

Postby kerisue » Thu May 12, 2011 12:57 am

I am also of "advanced maternal age" and hoping to try again to conceive. From what I've read, being an older mum won't cause preeclampsia, but can make you at higher risk of developing it (being a teen also gives you a higher risk). Can you consult with a specialist about your particular situation?

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Re: "Advanced Maternal Age" and preeclampsia

Postby jules2 » Thu May 12, 2011 11:57 am

I am 40 today!

My first pregnancy ended in stillbrith in May 2009 at 26 weeks; my 2nd developed minor complications at term (transverse lie leading to hospital stay and elective c-section) but no sign of PE at all! My second daughter is now healthy, happy and approaching 5 months! At 39 I did not feel particularly old as there are so many women 35+ having pregnancies (even first pregnancies) in the UK now and I have plenty of friends around my age with young kids

I was very well and felt fine throughout the second pregnancy (apart from the anxiety of course). I had screening for Down's and got a 1 in 20,000 risk. Pregnancy was very normal until the end. Of course the risks increase with age but I think for those of us highly susceptible to PE its probably just a chance thing for each pregnancy. I would not let age put you off if you want another (but realistically do it soon as the big problem with age is of course getting pregnant in the first case / miscarriage). NB my specialists did not think I was at significantly higher risk of recurrence because of my age (the problem was the severe PE at 25+ weeks of course). Anecdotally, I kept in touch with 4 UK women who had lost a baby due to early onset PE and got pregnant again about the same time - and my subsequent pregnancy was the only one not complicated by high BP or diabetes. The others were all 10 years younger than me!

Not sure if this really helps as its so individual - but you have no reason to think all pregnancies at older age are difficult!
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"Advanced Maternal Age" and preeclampsia

Postby tracey » Thu May 12, 2011 11:17 am

Hello everyone,
I haven't been on here in a very long while, but find myself reading posts a little more often these days.
My background: we lost our first daughter, Ila, who was stillborn at 25.5 weeks due to preeclampsia and HELLP in 2004.
In 2005, we had our daughter Lily and in 2007, our son Oscar, and though both were induced due to signs of things brewing, thankfully, we were all happy and healthy.
Here is my question: I will be forty next fall. I have tried to convince myself that I am okay with being "done", but the reality is, I'm not so sure. I believe that if I did not have issues in pregnancy, I (we!) would likely go ahead and try to conceive. I guess I am a little more nervous since I am not getting any younger. Can anyone shed some light on having a baby closer to 40, whether they had pe or other problems?

Thanks in advance!

Tracey


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