Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pushing AMA

At work, Advanced Maternal Age (aka, "AMA") is listed on the chart under risk factors.  AMA applies to anyone age 35 and over.  Personally, I think this number is moot these days and doesn't match our current research or technology, but it doesn't matter what I think because it's still there ... staring me in the face.  AMA.  As of next week, I'm at risk.

A friend of mine told me I cannot have a "goal" of being pregnant by my 35th birthday.  I can have a "desire" or a "want," but not a "goal."  Well, I say hooey to that!  A goal is defined as:  the result or achievement toward which effort is directed.  Well, a lot of effort has been directed toward this end -- getting myself ready physically, mentally, and emotionally.  I'm okay if I don't accomplish this particular goal on time, but it would be pretty cool, don't you think?!

To keep the effort going strong, my body is totally cooperating!  This morning I got a smiley face.

Cheery and chilly this December morning.
I'm sitting here bundled waiting for the coffee to finish brewing and the chocolate croissants to finish baking ... and the doctors office to open!!  

AMA be damned.  This is a great day!


  1. Today is the day! And yes, AMA be damned!

  2. I look at it this way: Yes, there are certain problems in pregnancy that become statistically a bit more likely the older you get. On the other hand, there are also risk factors that may decrease with being of a slightly more advanced age, especially if you've gained in decision-making skills along with years. So my figuring is that any increase in risk from age is countered by a decrease in risk from doing really stupid stuff. Plus, while my body might have been fine with having a baby at, say, 17 (a la one of my sisters-in-law), I think my parenting skills are likely to be a lot better here in my 30s. For whatever that's worth.


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