For most women, pregnancy is a blissful time. Despite some expected discomforts, such as morning sickness or aches and pains, many women enjoy their growing belly and bask in the glow of a new life they are creating while they plan for a birth experience that feels empowering and in-line with their values and wishes.
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.