~ I'm 44.
~ Just a few days before I found out I'm pregnant, I had a mammogram. No idea how much radiation this involves, but they did specifically ask me if there was any chance I could be pregnant, and I said no, because at the time, that's absolutely what I thought.
~ I was diagnosed with chronic high blood pressure back in December (it's hereditary, runs in my family, and my dad died of a heart attack at age 51) and have been taking bp meds that are contraindicated for pregnancy. As soon as I found out I was pg, I called my GP and had him switch my Rx to a med that is supposed to be safe to take while pg, but even it is a Class C drug, and for a few weeks, I was unwittingly taking meds I shouldn't have been taking.
I don't know. There's probably no reassurance anyone can offer me - it is what it is, and there's no turning back the clock. So far everything seems to be going along as it should - I have all the usual early pregnancy symptoms, and have had no signs of any problems. I guess my main concern is birth defects. But interestingly, having Finn (my three-year old who has Down syndrome - a diagnosis we did not get until after his birth) has changed my perspective on prenatal screenings, and I don't plan to have anything beyond an ultrasound to rule out obvious anomalies that would preclude a home birth. So I worry, but not to the extent that I feel I MUST KNOW, if that makes sense. I worry, but I also feel like whatever will be will be, and we will deal with it as it comes.
Anyway, just wanted to get that off my chest.