Miscarriage Risk at Thirty Eight?

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
I just found out that I'm pregnant with my 5th child. My oldest will be 20 and my youngest just turned 10. Surprise, right.

I had morning sickness when I was pregnant with my sons (3) lasted 9 months, all day everyday. With my daughter I felt ill and was crabby but not sick very often or for very long. Between my 3rd and 4th child I became pregnant. I didn't have any morning sickness and no real symptoms of pregnancy other than a missed period and positive test. I miscarried at 7 weeks. No D & C was necessary and I conceived my 4th child shortly after.

My concern now is that I'm around 6 weeks pregnant and haven't been sick. I do have other symptoms, missed period, positive test, extremely tired, sore, swollen breasts, some nausea but not sick. Am I being overly concerned?

Every other pregnancy of mine that went to term came with being very ill. The only time I wasn't sick was when I miscarried. Also, I am now 38 and will be 39 when this baby is born. How much higher is my risk for miscarriage?


Unfortunately, your risk is higher because of your age, but there is no way to tell how this particular baby will do.

I am so sorry for your previous loss, and we will love this baby no matter how long it lives, right?

Blessings, and good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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