uh-oh...40 and pregnant and nursing school

  1. I suspected that i was pregnant....got the OTC test...positive...hmmm...time to flip out (just a little!) this is my OB rotation, too. so we just completed the lecture on "complications and horrors of pregnancy & childbirth" and now I'm petrified (I have an 8 yo and 3 yo, didn't know enough to be scared) also didn't see many moms my age during my clinicals. I am calling my OB office tomorrow, "I'd like a mid-wife, please". have any of ya'll had children at this age? did everything go o.k.? am i being paranoid about the whole maternal age thing? i feel like i am going to get all the complications!! also, anyone experience pregnancy during nursing school? i graduate in Aug 2004, i will be approximately 5 months along by then.


    kellye :uhoh21:
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  3. by   dansamy
    Ain't it enough to make anyone a hypochondriac? Congratulations on your +HPT! Get thee hence to thy OB for prenatal care. (I had all mine by the time I was 24, so I have no advice re: "advanced maternal age". Isn't that such a stupid phrase? "Advanced maternal age" like you're really old or something. 40 ain't old!)
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    arrgghh . . I hated that phrase "advanced maternal age". It starts at 37 for goodness sake!

    I got preggers when I was 43 and have a 2 3/4 year old son now. Please don't let all the scary stories freak you out. I also have a 21 year old son and a 19 year old son and a 14 year old daughter.

    I'd be glad to talk with you if you want. PM me is you need to.


  5. by   memphispanda
    Holy COW! Congrats Kelly!

    I don't know anything about being pregnant at 40 (thank GOD!). But you know we just graduated 2 who had babies within 2 weeks of graduation--so nursing school and pregnancy is definitely possible!
  6. by   hmccartn
    Congrats... just be glad you are almost done your schooling...on the home stretch...best of luck.
  7. by   Baby Catcher
    We have many > 40 moms deliever where I work and they do great. Good outcomes for moms and babes.
  8. by   momtotwinglesx5
    Let's see...I had healthy, full-term (38.5 wks) twins at age 35, a healthy full-term baby at age 38, and another healthy, full-term baby at age 40. All normal, uneventful vaginal deliveries. So you can do it! The only thing I will say is, the older I got, the more it HURT! LOL

    Congratulations! :hatparty:
  9. by   TweetiePieRN
    My mom had her last kid when she was 40. She said she has more energy now than she did when I was born!! Mom is currently 45, she has 5 kids, ages are 24, 23, 18, 16 and 5.
  10. by   nekhismom
    IN my graduating class, we had one person graduate who was due I think 2 weeks later. She made it. I'm sure she was tired, but she made it.

    We also had one girl get pregnant in the middle of school. It worked out that her baby was born over the summer, but she finished nursing school with a small baby.

    I started nursing school with a 3 month old son. I went through my entire schooling with a small child. Exhausting? Yes. Hard? Yes Worth it? YES!!!

    YOu can do it. Many women have in the past, more will in the future. Just don't get discouraged!

    COngratulations and best of luck!!
  11. by   christinemj

    You CAN do it!! You are a couple years older than I, but I'm also expecting. I'm 16 weeks right now, and the baby is due at the end of September, about a month into my last semester of school. (YIKES!!!) Even with hyperemesis I've been trucking along and have only had to miss 1 day of clinical and 1 day of lecture. (Wouldn't you know it, I can "suck it up and deal" through the puking, but it was a MIGRAINE that did me in, causing me to miss?!?!) It's not easy being pregnant in nursing school, but it is possible if you want it bad enough. This will be baby #4, so the fatigue factor is really bad this time around. I just take EVERY opportunity to nap that I can!

    Good Luck!!!! The rewardS at the end will be worth it!!!
  12. by   becca.utns
    CONGRATULATIONS!!! How exciting. I am graduating from nursing school in May and I'm 4 1/2 months pregnant! I have diagnosed myself with pregnancy induced attention deficit disorder however. :chuckle It's kinda hard to study when I'm so excited about the baby growing inside me. You'll do great!! My mom had her last at 40 and everything went perfectly!
  13. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from stevielynn
    arrgghh . . I hated that phrase "advanced maternal age". It starts at 37 for goodness sake!
    My personal favorite last time I checked I ICD-9 codes was "elderly primipara".
    Elderly my foot!!!

    Editing: Actually, with two kids you wouldn't be an "Elderly primip", rather an "elderly multipara". Like it sounds so much better.

    You'll do fine... you've already taken the best first step in asking for a mid-wife.
    Last edit by BabyRN2Be on Apr 13, '04 : Reason: Word mistake
  14. by   kellye
    thanks to all who replied....i'm not as scared of the "possible" complications, both of my other pregnancies were trouble free at 32 yo and 36 yo, although my eight yo daughter wants me to have twins, yikes!! i was stunned at being pregnant at first (i thought we were done) but now i like the idea. the whole time during ob class i thought "i don't remember that part with the 1st one" or "if i had known that with my pregnancies i might have done it a little different" or even "i wish i could be pregnant just one more time, i do love it" but the last thought was quickly replaced with "naw, you're 40, too old, bad timing, and besides, be grateful for the two healthy children that you have, and also you will be starting a new career" I guess God knew better and about the longing to experience pregnancy "just one more time" I am very content and appreciate all the supportive replies to this "elderly multipara"!!!