Women’s Health

Getting pregnant at age 38+

Hi all. I am just about to get engaged to my girlfriend who is 38 years old now, turning 39 very soon. My girlfriend is very hesitant in regards to having a family together with me (in 1-2 years from now)...this is mainly due to the reason that she unfortunately had a stillborn child a few years ago in her earlier marriage. She was quite traumatized from this experience and had gone thru cognitive therapy to get out of her depressed state. I see often on now that women are getting pregnant much later in their lives, pushing into their 30s and some even in their early 40s.

MRSA and Pregnancy

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
I had my first baby through emergency c-section last year. My wound still has not healed so I am having surgery in which they will open it and clean it from the inside.

I was told last week that I am MRSA positive and today I found out that I am pregnant.

Will this surgery and the MRSA be harmful to my unborn child?

Another sad Mother's Day

So Mother's day has come and gone, although I appreciate my family and friends that wish me happy mother's day because I care for my pet rabbit, Juicy, I always feel sad at my current position in life. OUt of all my firends I am the only one who is not married or not a mother or not living with a romantic partner, and now dead single. I get very sadd and depressed when I think about the time limit I feel I am on, and the issues that I have to overcome to reach my dream. Bieng a mother is not a dream I am willing to give up.


i am currently on the pill (monophasic) i started my period one week early, kept taking them then started them up again after my one week off stage. i had unprotected intercourse during the one week off the pill stage and i think i may have started my pill one day late. is it paussible that i may have ovulated during this period off the pill?

Can a Thyroid Nodule Cause Problems with Pregnancy?

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,:
This is my second pregnancy. The first resulted in a spontaneous abortion at week 7 back in February. I took 2 positive home tests last week, so I am about 5 weeks from first day of last menstrual period.

My question is regarding the possibility of low thyroid levels. I have had a decent sized thyroid nodule for the past 8-10 years, but have been asymptomatic from what I can tell. I do not take any medication. Since I did have a prior miscarriage, I am concerned that low thyroid levels may have had something to do with it.

On a mission

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The pain in my joints is becoming rather frustrating. This may be my least favorite symptom so far - as I got over nausea (for the most part) and constipation (again for the most part). Being hyperflexible to begin with I know when my body needs strength work and cardio. Being pregnant and having an increase of hormones that increase flexibility and joint pain has been quite a wake-up call. Actually it's been more of a nightmare. My body aches most of the time. My back, hips and metatarsals slip and pop multiple times a day.

5w3d pregnant

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I am about 5w3d pregnant. I found out last week (one day after my missed period). Last year I had a miscarriage, but I also have a healthy 3 year old daughter. With this current pregnancy I knew I was pregnant before the test because of the symptoms. However, every day I am constantly making sure my breast are sore, and I get so paranoid if I'm not tired or having nausea, because my first sign of miscarriage last time was "losing my preg symptoms," I am so paranoid. I have a doctors appointment on May 6th (today is April 29th).