My hubby and I are looking at trying for a baby. I am 40 so it isn't in our favor to wait - I will graduate next Christmas. Any tips for managing it all if we get "blessed" to survive school and pregnancy?
I work 3 days and am in school 4 days = no days off during semester unless I take vacation time. So far I have been doing good in classes and organizing my time.
Oct 2, '07
Indirectly. I didn't go through stim meds to see how many eggs I produce (yet), but it's based on labs (FSH, estradiol), and my cycle length, and my inability to conceive after so many, many failed cycles (number 38 right now).
I get the big ultrasound that looks at my long term egg count next cycle.
Last edit by cardiacRN2006 on Oct 2, '07
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Oct 2, '07
As someone who almost waited too long to try to have a family - my twins were born when I was almost 42 - I just wanted to advise you not to wait any longer; you can always interrupt nursing school if necessary (and resume your studies later), but time is definitely running out on the bio clock! I never realized just how badly until we saw an RE (reproductive endocrinologist, i.e. fertility specialist) who told us that the odds of pregnancy (pg) drop significantly in your late thirties and even worse at 40+. To try to outrun the clock, we started tx (yes, some women still conceive at 40+, but far fewer than at younger ages).
At this age (40+), if you're actively trying and haven't conceived in 3 months, you should see an RE (this would be 6 months at ages 35-39, or 1 year if younger). Believe me, I've learned a lot about this topic and have some Internet resources if interested.
As for having a healthy pg over 40 while in nursing school, it can probably be done; however, if too stressful, you can always resume your studies later.*
Best of luck to you!
P.S. Don't let all these celebrities who have children in their mid-forties and beyond fool you; they almost always used donor eggs (DE) from younger women, and this fact is usually not disclosed (OK, their business, except it misleads women into thinking they can wait much longer than they really can - unless they want to use another woman's DNA, i.e. donor eggs). Needless to say, DE are always used in postmenopausal women.
*I had to interrupt nursing school as well, although for other reasons, and had no difficulty continuing 18 months later. I graduated at age 35.
Last edit by DeLana_RN on Oct 2, '07