I’m tired, and slightly overwhelmed with everything I *think* needs to be done in the next month, to get ready for baby. I need a vacation LOL. But my doctor was pretty adamant about my not traveling very far after early June. I miss the beach this year.
Which gets me thinking about “advanced maternal age” and high-risk pregnancies. I started going for weekly doctor’s visits this week and am doing the non-stress test each time until delivery, and every other week sonograms, even though I’m only at 33.5 weeks. This is because I’m having what is considered a “high-risk pregnancy.”
Yes, I know I am considered high-risk because of my previous pregnancy losses (many years ago) but I do also feel like I’m arbitrarily assigned that characterization because I’m 46 years old. I am very healthy with no blood pressure issues, or other risk factors. But yeah, I’m generally too “old” to be having a baby. Tell me about it LOL (just kidding!!).
I’m not necessarily opposed to the label as such, I know there has to be a way for medical practitioners to differentiate patients quickly, but I’m very curious WHAT exactly physiological age has to do with having a high-risk pregnancy. I know that the risk of chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus goes up drastically after 35, but other than that, what, exactly?
I’m not fragile. I don’t think I’m more tired than any other woman who is in her third trimester of pregnancy.
I don’t know, like I said, I’m not THAT upset about it, just confused. And a little tired of being made to feel like I’m so different than any other women who is pregnant, at any age. Being pregnant is challenging physically and mentally (mostly mentally), for every woman. (Honestly, I don’t understand how every man who’s ever known a pregnant woman doesn’t fucking worship ALL women for what we can do or what we are capable of – instead many work hard to take away our power – but that’s a topic for another day 😉
Here’s what I’m wearing today. Hope you’re having a great week!!