Being Almost 40 and Pregnant Isn’t So Bad (@%*# This #%$*!)

40 and pregnant

I’m delusional. Really, I am. Each day I wake up and try to convince myself that being almost 40 and pregnant isn’t so bad – that I can still rock it like a 20-something preggo mama. After all, I am married to someone 15 years my junior. I have street cred, right?

Screw street cred. Seriously…who am I kidding? This being almost 40 and pregnant “stuff” is like having sex in a 90 degree, non-air-conditioned room. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy to be pregnant – very thankful for this little life growing inside of me. I wouldn’t change things for the world! I just wish all the media reports and so-called expert advice told the real story. When you’re almost or over 40, pregnancy does take a toll on your already “aging” body. Take it from me. I’ve been pregnant five times over the span of 23 years. It was MUCH easier when I was in my twenties.

Older and pregnant? Here’s a look at some of the joys that come along with it:

  • It’s a well-known fact that as we age, our bladders become weaker. If you’ve already had a baby or two (or four like I have), chances are your bladder is already pretty damn weak. And when you’re pregnant, with the baby and all the gazunk resting squarely on your innards, things are probably as reliable as a swimming pool that has been shot with a nail gun.
  • Unless you’re Dolly Pardon or blessed with phenomenal genes, everything starts heading south right around age 38. You might be pregnant and filling out in some places, but things are not about to suddenly point north. It’s like holding two water-filled tube socks up to your chest.
  • Aches and pains are inevitable as we move toward our twilight years. Add in the cervix kicks, Braxton Hicks, backaches and other reminders that your body is harvesting life and getting ready for labor, and being older and pregnant is about as much fun as being a voodoo doll in a federal prison.
  • At 40 we require more sleep than we did when we were 20. Pregnant? Forget it. Aside from the first trimester when you’re practically narcoleptic, sleep is not going to happen. Yes, the second trimester does bring about a sudden rush of energy. But this is the kind that is like adult ADD meets crystal meth. Your body and brain NEVER shut down! The third trimester, you can’t get comfortable. Sleep is still nothing but a memory. Good thing zombies are back in fashion.
  • A recent study revealed that pregnancy does indeed cause some memory loss. Great. Old age does, too. Smack ‘em together, and you’re the equivalent of Lucy in 50 First Dates.
  • As we get older, hormone levels fluctuate. One day they’re up, the next day they’re down. Throw these fluctuations in with extreme, out-of-control pregnancy hormones, and, holy shoots, you’ve suddenly become a weeping Jack the Ripper.

Okay. Maybe I’m being a little overly dramatic and hyper-sensitive. Blame #6! There are some positives to being an older preggo. For one, you’ve miraculously delayed the onset of menopause for at least another nine months. Woo hoo! And two, that insatiable sexual appetite that many pregnant women experience is still present no matter how “seasoned” and pregnant you are. Hubba bubba mama! Enjoy!

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20 Responses to Being Almost 40 and Pregnant Isn’t So Bad (@%*# This #%$*!)

  1. Kim@Co-Pilot Mom

    I was nearly 37 when I had my youngest, so I relate to what you are saying. I had/have memory issues, too – whether through aging or pregnancy, I am not sure. 🙂
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  2. Tamara Camera

    I had my first at 28 and my second at 31 and I was of the younger of many of my friends. They say it’s nice because although I swear I’m done, I still have many years to change my mind. A lot. However I don’t know.. I don’t want it to be hard. It was hard enough at 31, believe it or not. Wishing you the best. I didn’t realize your husband was younger but I remember seeing a picture and saying, “He looks so young!” For the record I didn’t mean, “He looks so much younger than you!” For all I knew you were the same age. You both look fab!
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  3. Michelle

    I was in my late twenties when I had my first and early thirties when I had my third child. Honestly I can’t imagine going through it again now…bladder issues and all! Definitely my least favorite result of three pregnancies. And I’ve got memory loss without pregnancy. 🙂
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  4. Tiffany

    I love that picture! Wow that was a good read. Makes me want to have my next soon. But I am amazed by women who have babies at all stages of life! It is beautiful.

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  5. Menopausalmother

    This is such an awesome blog post! I love the humor here–despite all that you are going through you’re still laughing! I was 35 during my 4th (and last) pregnancy, and oh yes, there was a hug difference from my twenties. I was miserable, sore and exhausted the whole time. You certainly have my sympathies! But hang in there–you’re on the home stretch!
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  6. The Dose of Reality

    Oh, LAWD! I don’t think you are being overly dramatic at all!! My last pregnancy was at 35…and that was WAY harder than my pregnancy at 32. Pregnancy in your 40s is just TOUGH. Whew!! You go girl. I am bowing down to you! –Lisa
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  7. Britton

    I can imagine how you feel! Both my pregnancies were awful when I was in my 20s, so I can imagine how it is for you. Hoping things get better for you soon! Stopping in from SITS!
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  8. Ginny Marie

    I loved being pregnant, both at 35 and at 38! Loved, loved, loved! However, recovering from my c-section at 38 was much, MUCH harder. Those three years made a huge difference. Hang in there!
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  9. Christa the BabbyMama

    Oof. Something about this post makes me happy my mister got the snip! Kidding, sort of. We’re two and through, and though I know I’ll miss the baby years, I think I like it that way.
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  10. KG

    I already felt tired all the time when I was pregnant at 32! Can’t imagine being pregnant at 40. I slept a lot..felt even more tired and weird..just weird!

    I had a pregnancy at 20 and one at 32 and they were both terrible but the one at 32 was very tiring! Everything tired me out ..even thinking!

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  11. Bev

    Ah, a fellow preggo blogger 😉 I’m 30 and pregnant with my first. My energy is definitely way less than it was about 5 years ago (I joke it all goes down hill at 25), so I’m sure the age + pregnancy doesn’t help (even though I’m not even 19 weeks, I’m astounded how much my energy level has dropped. I used to be such a fast walker and now it takes me way longer to walk anywhere). There are definitely challenges to being pregnant at any age, but I enjoyed reading your perspective. It may be harder, but you’ll make it through it!
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  12. Angela

    I had my first baby at 30, and my second at 35. I agree completely. Age takes a toll on us, and so does pregnancy! Hang in there, it’s worth it in the end!
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  13. Laura @ Pruning Princesses

    I have a hunch the revelations of not being a 20-something mom will continue when you are following the toddler around the play ground. Hoepfully your calmness as an older mom with make it all extra special. Really enjoyed this post. Visiting from SITS.
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  14. Anna Hettick

    I don’t remember having any memory issues but I was 19 & 21 when I was preggo. My best friend however is 23 and she complains of not being able to remember anything.
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  15. Norine of Science of Parenthood

    This brought back memories! I had my first and only when I was 6 weeks shy of 40. Upside: I wasn’t stressing about the big 4-0! I was stressing about diaper changes and breastfeeding, etc. I hardly even noticed my own milestone had passed. (Plus I was too freakin tired for a big birthday party!)
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  16. Alexa (Kat)

    I had my kids at 30, 33, and 35 and I totally agree, the older, the harder. I feel so tired, I have to give you mad props for doing this at almost 39. And if this is your 5th kid, something tells me you and your hubs don’t need the additional pregnancy hormones to keep things alive! 😉
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  17. Shannon@MishmashMama

    OH MY GOD! I have OCD too! I wasn’t diagnosed until after my 4th pregnancy, which rendered me unable to leave my bedroom. I was 34 with the last one, and it was a world of difference from the first. I vowed never again! Weeping Jack the Ripper sounds about right.
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  18. Gracielle

    This post was funny, but I bet it’s not so funny as you’re actually going through it! I was 26 and 28 when I had my babies – they were easy pregnancies. I’m now 30. I’m not sure if we’re going to have more, but I’ll definitely take your post into consideration if we wait another few years!

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  19. Laurie

    Congratulations and I’m sorry! I was thirty when I had my first, 36 when I had my last. I feel you…You go girl!

  20. Carla from ShesAllWrite.com

    I had my first baby at 19 and am now pregnant again at 40. SURPRISE!!! It was MUCH easier on my body the first time around. Your #3 and #4 are my key pain points. I’ve never had back pain like this before and my pubic bone hurts every time I stand up. I also sleep about 4 hours per day, if I try very hard. I constantly feel like I have something to do…RIGHT NOW. Like you, I’m thrilled about my second surprise baby, but MOMMA’S TIRED!

    I’m in the home stretch now–1-4 more weeks to go–and guess what? I am feeling sad that my pregnancy is going to be over soon. I’ve actually thought about having one more. Maybe I’ll change my tune the first time I can lay on my stomach again. 🙂

    Big ‘grats to you and your husband!
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