My Old Uterus And I Regret Not Getting The Amnio Test ASAP

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angry uterusIf I were made to choose whether I was for genetic testing or against,  I’m pretty sure I would be firmly on the against side. Not because of any religious or moral issues but simply because I don’t like working myself into a frenzy for months on end. I didn’t get the amnio with my last pregnancy. In retrospect, and after months of freaking out I realize I probably should have.

Advanced maternal age pregnancies are a pain in the ass. I wish I could sit here and pretend that they’re not – but I would be a big, fat liar. I was never able to relax in my last pregnancy, and I’m pretty sure it was because I had adamantly decided that I would not be suckered into being afraid of my aging reproductive system.

Here’s the thing; I was afraid. I was petrified. I was just hoping that I would be able to relinquish the fear when the first round of genetic tests came back and everything was okay. My doctors were pushing for the amnio from the get-go – but I was playing it off as if I was totally unaffected by the fear of God they put into you when you dare to put a baby in your old uterus. Who’s they? The medical establishment, your mom, episodes of “Private Practice,” and Star Magazine for starters. Everyone has an opinion about your old uterus. Everyone.  I promise you that you will hear about all of the problems that this old uterus will bring throughout your entire pregnancy unless you nip all of the speculation in the bud with an amnio.

I had my first child at 37. I wasn’t exactly in my reproductive prime. When my genetic tests came back for that pregnancy, I tested as if I had the genetic make-up of a 25-year-old. There was no need to have any further testing. I just assumed the same thing would happen with my second pregnancy, three years later. Boy, was I wrong. All of a sudden, my body was 40. All genetic tests came back with the results they would expect of a 40-year-old.

You’re probably thinking that it’s not a big deal to have results come back that are actually consistent with your age. Wrong. If your uterus can masquerade as a vibrant, young 20-something – it’s all good. If it acts its age – you’re screwed.

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