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I just turned 40 on May. Five days before my birthday, I found out I was pregnant. Six weeks later, I miscarried. I am devastated; I really wanted to have a baby. We were not trying to get pregnant and were surprised to find out I was. Now that I have been pregnant I want to try to see if I can get pregnant again. However, I am afraid of all the problems that I could face because of my age. The OB I saw did not seem too happy when I told her I wanted to try again and listed all the reasons I should not get pregnant, including chromosomal problems, preeclampsia, diabetes and pre-term birth. Are all these problems guaranteed to happen to me or the baby because of my age?

Sorry to hear that you had to go through that experience. There is not a 100% guarantee that you will have problems with your pregnancy. However, as women age there is a greater chance that they will have pregnancy complications such as those that your OB/GYN mentioned above.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

July 13, 2012 at 11:16am