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Advanced Maternal Age

Apparently, when a woman reaches a certain age, her vajajay and all things related to it are considered old. They are seen as ancient dinosaur fossils with cobwebs and child bearing is out of the question.  According to what I read – A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have & these eggs “die off,” as she gets older.  So, when the woman is thirty-five, these eggs have been around for thirty-five years and have been exposed to ambient radiation and all that the environment has to offer. Therefore, they can become damaged and less healthy and thereby less fertile. In the past, doctors used to describe pregnancies that happened in women over the age of 35 as “Geriatric PregnanciesTherefore . . a woman over 35 is considered over the hill, of Advanced Maternal Age if she wants to have a baby.       SAY WHAT!!  aging-pregnant

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines geriatric as an aged person. The American Academy of Family Physicians refers to geriatric as the care of a person over 65 years old. So, when did 35 become aged?  Surely not everyone who is 65 feels or considers themselves to be geriatric, but that’s generally the baseline age for geriatric care. So why in the world would anyone tell a pregnant woman who is age 35 and older that she is having a “geriatric pregnancy”.  Having a baby later in life isn’t just all about bad news and health risks. There is also good news about becoming a mom after the age of 35 – Older mothers have more resources to care for their children, such as higher incomes and more education. And, they are more stable than the younger 20 year old’s. Geriatric pregnancy is just a label from the medical world that was created a long time ago. Today, they call it Advanced Maternal Age or AMA and more women than ever have babies after 35.

Did anyone tell Janet Jackson she had a Geriatric Pregnancy?

If you’re past 40 and think you no longer need to worry about contraception, you’re wrong! Many women in their 40’s and 50’s still need protection from unwanted pregnancy. Some slack off on contraception when they reach midlife because they think it’s impossible for them to get pregnant anymore. “After 40, women may not have sex as often as they used to, plus they perceive themselves to be less fertile – but that’s not always the case”, says Victoria Jennings, PhD, director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health. Fertility does decline with age, but if you don’t want to get pregnant – and still have your reproductive organs – you should consult with your Physician and consider your options.babyLet’s say. . . You went to your Doctor and you were given a medical report with some mumbo jumbo and the words “Elderly Multigravida” show up on the diagnosis.  Sound the Alarm! . . “You are pregnant and will be 35 years of age or older at the expected date of delivery.” All of this terminology can be quite confusing, if your Doctor is not taking the time to explain it all to you. Not to mention the health risks associated with them.  A pregnant Janet was not only of “Advanced Maternal Age”, she had a “Geriatric Pregnancy” and was an “Elderly Multigravida” all in the same year. That’s just too much for this AMA right now!  What say you?

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9 Comments

  • Reply Trina

    Great content! I wish I can have one by my husband but the tubes have been tied 15 years. I still hope though even though I’m 42.

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    06/29/2017 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Lenya

    Great topic as always, Neti. Nowadays more and more *older* women get pregnant for the first time, life has changed, women are no longer stay at home mom’s but building a life and career for themselves and therefor becoming a mom is something that happens later in life.
    big hugs, sis
    Lenya
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    06/30/2017 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply jamala wallace

    LOL!! This was quite the interesting read… I’ve not heard the term geriatric pregnancy before but i could understand the term, but i recall it being the midlife baby – geriatric seems “old” to me.. like over 70.. however, i do feel that 50 is a bit pushing it to have a baby.. but if you’re in good health, and good shape, then age is just a number and i’m sure your body will handle it.. after all 50 is the new 35

    07/01/2017 at 1:16 am
    • Reply Neti*

      Glad you enjoyed reading it. Yeah 50 is the new 35. LOL!

      07/04/2017 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply NERLINE

    Women are living longer now. If the eggs are still healthy and young, I say why not. Such an interesting and informative read,sis!

    07/01/2017 at 4:10 am
  • Reply Missy May

    Ha!! Now this is educational. Pregnancy in a whole is hard! Personally I don’t wanna be 40 nor 50 years to have a baby. I couldn’t cope in the 20s talk of that age. Hell nah! Lol!

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    07/05/2017 at 3:43 pm
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