Whoever said it’s about the journey and not the destination has never flown economy while pregnant. Whether you’re on vacation or a business trip, the usual indignities only get worse when you’re expecting—crowded seats feel super-cramped, and dry, recirculating air does extra damage on pregnancy-sensitive skin.
When you’re pregnant, you get used to asking your doctor (or the Internet) about basically every medication that goes into your mouth, including antibiotics. With all of the warnings and precautions it can feel like you need to avoid all medication during pregnancy, but that’s not always possible—especially if you wind up with something like a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Having a high-risk pregnancy or being prolonged bedrest can have profound effects on you physically, emotionally, and mentally, but these effects don’t just stop with you. The all-consuming nature of a high-risk pregnancy can significantly affect the lives and well-being of your partner, children and even extended family and friends.
“Elderly,” in the language of obstetrics, refers to expectant mothers who are 35 or over. (Multigravida means I had been pregnant more than once. If it were my first pregnancy, my code would have read “Elderly Primagravida.” Just as bad!) But this is just one in a litany of quasi-ageist terms knocked-up over-35’s are blasted with: There was “advanced maternal age,” “geriatric pregnancy,” and the fact that I was considered “high-risk.”
Inducing labor in older pregnant women as they near their due date won’t worsen their birth experiences or make them any more likely to need a C-section, new research finds.