Pregnancy at age 25 vs 35

In recent conversations with friends of mine who are pregnant, it became abundantly clear whether this was their first child or third, pregnancy in your 30’s tends to be pretty different than pregnancy in your 20’s.  As a shout out to all my AMA (advanced maternal age) moms out there, and as an attempt to humorously remind people to be sensitive to their friends undergoing fertility struggles (no matter what age!)…

 

Pregnancy at 25:

“Honey, maybe we should start trying for a baby?”

2 days later + 1 fancy digital pregnancy test + 2 margaritas

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= “Oh my gosh Honey we are pregnant!”

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Pregnancy at 35:

“Honey, maybe we should start trying for a baby?”

8 months + 15 ovulation predictor kits + two visits to a fertility specialist + ovarian reserve blood work + 500 cheapie strip pregnancy tests because those digital ones are so dang expensive

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= “There’s still next month…”

 

Pregnancy at 25:

25 minutes after positive pregnancy test, Facebook announcement is made.

Pregnancy at 35:

12 weeks, 3 ultrasounds and genetic testing performed after positive pregnancy test, Facebook announcement is made.

 

Pregnancy at 25:

“Aren’t you a little too young to be pregnant?”

Pregnancy at 35:

“Aren’t you a little too old to be pregnant?”

 

Pregnancy at 25:

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Side view: 8 months pregnant

“Congratulations, when are you due?”  “Next week.”  “Oh, wow!  You barely look pregnant.”  “I know, right?  I didn’t even start showing until I was 8 months.”

Pregnancy at 35:

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Side view: 8 weeks pregnant

“Congratulations, when are you due?” “Oh, about 8 months from now.”

 

Pregnancy at 25:

3 weeks after delivery…

“Honey, where are my bikinis?  I want to take the baby for swim lessons.”

Pregnancy at 35:

3 months after delivery…

“Honey, vintage is sooo popular right now, I swear.”

 

 

Happy babymaking everybody!

 

 

* Ovulation predictor kit photo from http://www.firstresponse.com/products.

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4 thoughts on “Pregnancy at age 25 vs 35

  1. HAH! This is gorgeous. I should show my mom this. She had me at just past 25 and my kid brother at just before 35 so I’m sure she can relate.
    I always feel so sorry for the AMA ladies who come into antenatal clinic because they are so uncomfortable… everything aches and often we can’t really do much but be sympathetic! I had a patient the other day who was a primigravida at age 43… she tried so hard to conceive but in that moment she was absolutely miserable.

  2. I have deep respect for female physicians. As females become the majority of doctors, why can’t they change the medical training process so that it is more family friendly. For instance, residency could be delayed to allow for pregnancy leave. I have noticed that female physicians have to delay their families due to their rigorous training. What do you think?

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