A 42 year old woman with a risky late pregnancy

By anonymous on 20/05/2011
I am definitely in a position where I do not know what to do.
I am 42, married with healthy 2 children. I just found out I am about 6 weeks pregnant.
I have already experienced a spontaneous abortion, a still birth due to trisomy 18, and a miscarriage. Based on my age and track record, what do I do?

Editor's Comment

You have had a very difficult obstetric history, and I can understand a little of your dilemma and anxiety as you face another pregnancy after what you have been through. Whatever you decide you are going to face a challenge. If you decide you cannot risk another possible pregnancy loss you will have to go through the difficult option of abortion. If you decide to take the risk and perhaps wait for your first scan, you have the anxiety of waiting to see if there is going to be a problem with the pregnancy. I suppose in all of this you have to think through your feelings about abortion, and how you will feel about choosing to terminate your pregnancy. If you would like to talk this through with a pregnancy advisor please call the national helpline. It may also help to discuss your situation with your GP and perhaps an obstetrician, although in the end I suspect they will have to wait for a scan before thney can advise you on the risks.

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