The good news for pregnant women is that having a healthy, normal pregnancy is much more likely than developing preeclampsia. Being informed about the disease, knowing your risk factors, and being in-tune to your body is very important.
We decided to pee on a stick one day prior to our scheduled blood test and arranged for a photographer friend to come shoot our reaction to the pregnancy test results. We knew there was a HUGE risk of things ending badly. In my mind, there was a good chance the test would be negative. So I prepped the photographer. I told her “if it’s negative, don’t freak out, I still want you to keep shooting.”
Having a first child at an older age is a different experience medically, as well as emotionally and psychologically. I have worked with many moms who are considered older (or advanced maternal age) and five key themes continually pop up.
Deciding if, and when, to have a child is a very personal decision. Now, thanks to advances in reproductive medicine, that decision doesn’t always have to be restricted to the “ideal” child bearing years – either by parameters set up by science, or society.
It is much more common for women to develop feelings of anxiety and low or irritable mood during pregnancy than one might expect. The good news is that treatment options are plentiful to help manage these symptoms and allow a woman to have a positive and enjoyable pregnancy.