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Posted by: Pop | 2004/11/24

37 to old ?

Hi

I never thought the day would come that i'd have a chance of having my own child. I have an adopted daughter that's disabled so I would not like to have a biological child with a problem as well.

I'm involved with a wonderful man who'd like another child.

I adopted because my husband was sterile.

Should I take this chance ? At this age ?

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There would be an increased risk of Down's syndrome at your age ( about 1 in 200). This can be tested for during the pregnancy and you could terminate the pregnancy if this were the case.. You would have t decide whether you ar prepared to take that risk.

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Posted by: Kippie | 2004/11/25

Go for it if you can!!
My mom also had my sister at 39 and believe me, there is nothing wrong with her eventhough it was a difficult pregnancy with her being flat on her back 6 weeks before the birth.
I just had a baby 6 months ago at 34 and must admit that I was definitely more tired than what I was during my first two pregnancies in my twenties.

Take time out and relax with this pregnancy!

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/25

My mother fell pregnant with my brother at 38. He's exceptionally intelligent and healthy. My mom had a natural birth with no pain killers, but she says she was a little more tired than with the 3 previous births in her early to mid twenties.

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Posted by: Me | 2004/11/25

Hi

I struggled for 5 years to have my son, who was born when I was 29. We immediately wanted another baby, and we tried and tried and tried and tried and gave up! At the age of 40 I fell pregnant with my daughter - had a fantastic pregnancy and wonderful birth experience - she is now 18th months old, and I don't regret for a minute being a new mom at this age, it's wonderful!
Once you are pregnant your Gynae will perform all the tests to make sure your little one is OK.

Gook luck!

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Posted by: Linda | 2004/11/24

No, 37 is certainly not too old. My mother had her first child at 39 and her second at 41, and we are both normal.

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