I’ve been wondering a lot lately about pregnancy after 35, particularly how it went for you with doctor’s appointments, etc. I understanding TTC, birth defects, etc., are one thing but that is kind of a separate discussion (though please share if you have experience here!).
I’m 32 now and in a fantastic relationship. We’ve discussed marriage and we’re on the same page, though I do not expect to be engaged in the next 6 months yet. So realistically I’m looking at 33 for engagement, 34 for marriage. We are both excited to become parents, though, so I don’t expect my SO to want to wait indefinitely. We have both finished our educations, traveled, and gotten to a good place in our careers, so there aren’t any obvious roadblocks.
I’m worried about doctors over-medicalizing my potential future pregnancy. [name_f]Do[/name_f] they automatically classify it as ‘high risk,’ even if you are otherwise in excellent health? I eat well, exercise, and take good care of myself. It goes without saying that I want to have a healthy pregnancy and baby and would follow necessary advice. What I worry about is being expected to come in every week for tests or bloodwork or being pressured into a c-section or being given constant monitoring just because of my age, if all other indications are good.
If it makes any difference, I live in a metropolitan area of a southern state of the US.
Thanks for sharing your experiences!