Bees who got pregnant over 35 years old how long did it take?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 16
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

One cycle, 36yrs, will be 37 when the baby arrives. Currently 16.5 weeks, first time mother. Everything has been strangely smooth sailing so far -no morning sickness at all, all bloods and chromasomal testing has come back clear (both NT combined blood/scan testing and NIPT/Harmony testing).. have had 3 scans, another one due this coming week and all has looked great. It’s all so ‘ok’ it’s worrying me! 🙂

Post # 17
7775 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

gr8tful4friendships :  First, I’m so sorry about your loss. But no, the dr didn’t have me do anything different after miscarrying when trying again to conceive. She said because I had conceived easily and had trouble free pregnancies with my first two babies, that she just suspected that the miscarriage was due to a genetic abnormality- which is more likely in older moms. My rainbow baby turns one next month.

Post # 18
4130 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

gr8tful4friendships :  MCs generally happen because there is something genetically wrong with the embryo. There aren’t really meds to prevent that. 

The only exception to this that I know of is if you are miscarrying because of low progesterone. Then you can take supplements to help continue the pregnancy (but that doesn’t always work). 

Post # 21
1118 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I started TTC when I was 37, and it took 8 months for me to get pregnant. Unfortunately I miscarried and am currently trying again.

As you can probably tell from the above responses, there really is no telling how long it’ll take for you until you start trying! It is very possible to get pregnant quickly at 35, and it’s very possible it’ll take longer. The same is true at 25. One issue with TTC when you’re older is that the risk of miscarraige due to chromosomal issues goes up. But it really doesn’t go up by THAT much until you get closer to 40. 

Best of luck to you! 

Post # 22
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

It took me 3 cycles and only 2 is those were really trying. I tracked my temp in cycle 2 and 3. We really pushed the sex in cycle 3 where I did get pregnant and used a sperm friendly lube. I was convinced it would take forever and now at 13 weeks I am cursing being sick all the time and sometimes wish I could go back to my pre-preggo state. Joking aside, I would like other bees really track your cycles the best you can, make you have decent cervical mucus, and have lots of sex. I think in the last month I also started to worry less because I was doing all that I could and after that it really is up to chance. Also making sure you are having sex thorougout your fertile period too is important. Soemtimes we may ovulate earlier or later than we might think. Fertility Friend was the app I used to track my cycle. I actually got a free subscription through an online study from Boston University who is conducting a population based study on fertility. 

Post # 23
1218 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

10 months and a failed IVF.  It was painful and I hope it will be much easier for you!  I was 35, almost 36 when we started trying.  I strongly advise reading the book “It Starts With the Egg” before you start and implementing some of the suggestions from it 3 months before you start trying.  If I had it to do over again, that’s what I’d do.  I think temping is great, but the combo of temping and tracking LH surge will really help you pinpoint your fertile window and I think that combo was key for me.  Once I confirmed that my LP was long enough, I only temped to confirm ovulation, so usually from day 4 of my cycle through day 16 or so.  I found it easier that way than temping all month.  

Post # 25
6273 posts
Bee Keeper

I got pregnant for the first time at 39. Husband 42. Cycle 4 I think, but I know I was working away for one of them so missed our window that month. Healthy pregnancy and bouncing baby. 

Post # 26
1218 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

nurseybee55 :  I really think the book is worth a read.  I didn’t do everything they suggested, but I did start myself on CoQ10/ubiquinol (do this!), eliminate plastic from our kitchen, and went lower carb which kickstarted about 10 lbs of weight loss for me.  I also took a bunch of other (carefully researched) supplements, but those were more targeted towards my specific infertility.  We conceived about 3.5 months after I started the CoQ10 and I’m now 13 weeks.

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