Part of what I’d like to share on Late Bloomer Moms are stories from other “later” moms. I started this blog in my search for moms like me. I thank those that have connected with me so far! This is my first guest spotlight on a fellow “Late Bloomer Mom.” Susan is an entrepreneur and very driven, and I can’t wait to share her “working mom” side in a future “Working Mom Spotlight” post, but for this post, she was happy to take a minute to share her story of becoming a mom. What’s interesting is, she actually had both of her kids after 35, one was just at a later time than the other.
BEING A LATER MOM:
-Did you find being pregnant later in life to be any different from when you were younger?
Yes, I really did. I was already what they called “Advanced Maternal Age” when I had my first child. I was 36 when he was born and my doctors insisted on all the “AMA” type tests including an amniocentesis. I found the whole thing to be incredibly stressful especially since it was my first pregnancy. Luckily Nicolas was born 2 days late and very healthy.
I was just shy of 45 when I got pregnant with my second son and the doctors and specialist really poured on the “AMA” and all the invasive tests I should have. It was nerve racking but thankfully my own doctor was great and didn’t push me to do anything other than stress testing at the very end.
-Did you have any challenges during your pregnancy?
With the first one no thankfully, the second was just as easy except I carried extra fluid, which meant extra weight.
-Age at the time of (2nd) birth:
I was 45.5 when Sam was born!
-What do you think are the best things about being a “later” mom?
More patience and maturity and the realization what a gift it was at my age. As well as being settled into a career and having the money to pay for a Nanny instead of just day care.
-What do you find to be challenges to being a “later” mom?
I’m not as flexible (physically) as I used to be!
-Any tips for other later moms or those about to become later moms?
Enjoy it, it goes by so quickly and don’t get offended when people think your child is actually your grandchild ;-).
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