FEATURED MOM MELISSA-IN HONOR OF OUR US MILITARY

Viktor with Melissa

Name: Melissa

Age: 49

Current Resident of: Springfield, Virginia

Child's name and age: Viktor,  4

Current or former profession: Consulting Regional Director for a software company

PREGNANCY

InSeason Mom: Were you trying to get pregnant and did you have any difficulty conceiving?

Melissa:  My husband and I were trying to get pregnant for about a year. Starting at age 42, after meeting with a fertility specialist at Shady Grove where she gave us about a 3% chance of getting pregnant due to my age and having a didelphic uterus.  After that year, we went back to the fertility specialist where we had 3 sessions of IUI and then one session of IVF.

InSeason Mom: What did you do or not do to increase your chances of getting pregnant after 35?

Melissa: To increase my chances of getting pregnant, I  did a couple of things on my own, which included reading 'The Infertility Cure' and acupuncture.  I also did a complete work up to make sure there was not any physical reasons why I would not be able to become pregnant.  I also took removed coffee, red meat and dairy out of my diet and increased my fruits and vegetables.

SUPPORT

InSeason Mom: How supportive were your doctors during your pregnancy?

Melissa: My Ob-gyn is a high-risk doctor and had had twins at the age of 40, so she was very supportive.  She had given me the recommendation of going to Shady Grove to make sure that physically I could get pregnant.  When I did become pregnant, she and the whole nursing staff were very excited for me.

InSeason Mom:  Did you change doctors or would like to have changed doctors?

Melissa: I ended up having to add a team of new doctors due to being put in the hospital for the last trimester of my pregnancy.  These new doctors had specialized in perinatology were a part of my everyday life for 3 months.  I was put in the hospital at 27 weeks due to Viktor being IUGR (Intrauterine growth restriction) and having almost no amniotic fluid.  It was very much touch and go for the first few weeks in the hospital as we did not know if I would give birth early or be able to hold on until 36 weeks.  I was able to get my amniotic fluid back up to normal levels but still had to stay in the hospital as my son, Viktor was still IUGR, meaning he was less than 5% percentile in both weight and height.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS

InSeason Mom: What was the reaction of friends and family when you told them about your pregnancy?

Melissa: My friends and family were very excited for me and my husband on our pregnancy.  The majority of my friends all started families after 35 and therefore knew how difficult it could be to be pregnant.

LABOR AND DELIVERY

InSeason Mom: Did you take any childbirth classes? Why or why not?

Melissa: I did not take any childbirth classes because of being put in the hospital at 27 weeks.  With IUGR babies, I already knew that I would have a Cesarean as well as my baby was breach.

InSeason Mom: Where did you give birth and what do you remember most about the birth experience?

Melissa: I gave birth at Inova Fairfax Hospital on March 17, 2008 at 36 weeks, where he weighed 4.1 pounds.  What I remember most about the experience is probably not typical of what you hear.  My husband was in the midst of being deployed to Iraq when our baby was scheduled to be born.  At first, we had been told that he would not be able to be there for the birth.

Between my husband going up the USMC chain to have that decision reversed and one of my friend's dads who is a retired Vice Admiral going down the USMC chain, my husband was able to fly in the night before from Camp Leguene, NC to be there for the birth.  After the birth, the 3 of us were not able to be in the same room as my son was in the NICU and I was having heart issues.  My husband flew out 4 hours after the birth to join his battalion as they were deployed the next day to Iraq.

Viktor was seven months old the first time the three of us were together again. This picture was taken then by a local newspaper.

I AM MOM

InSeason Mom: What concerns you most about being a mom over 35 and how do you compensate for your concern?

Melissa: Honestly, I am not even concerned with being a mom over 45 much less 35!  I am a healthy woman and thus so far keep up with my son and all of his energy.  The only concern I do have is looking into the future as I plan on being on this planet for a long time, but you never know and I don't want to leave him at a young age.

InSeason Mom: What do you enjoy about being an older mom and how has becoming a mom changed you?

Melissa: Mentally, I would not have been the best mom in my 20s and early 30s.  What has changed me the most is the mindset of being a mom.  I remember hearing that parents would die to save their child.  I never really understood the total impact of that statement until I had a child.

I remember having a discussion with my mom and told her, ‘now I know how much you really loved me, as I would give my life for Viktor’.  I feel so blessed to be Viktor’s mom and am very lucky that we had the good outcome of the pregnancy as it could have gone so wrong.  I thank God every day for this blessing.

InSeason Mom: What advice do you have for women considering motherhood after 35?

Melissa: So many women are having children after 35 as couples are getting married later in life and with women in the corporate world.  I would tell any woman that is over 35 to have a complete work up to make sure there are no physical issues in preventing pregnancy.

I also would recommend doing the right things, such as diet, lose any additional pounds, cut out caffeine and alcohol, exercise and most importantly do not dwell on the fact that you are over 35 and could have issues getting pregnant.

I think in this day and age, the 35 year old marker is not really a marker that women should be worried about.





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HOPE CALLS, FAITH WALKS- LIVE SUPPORT


          (FREE 15 Minutes Live Support Session Offered
           email: cynthia@inseasonmom.org)               
             
InSeason Mom Founder and First Time Mom Over 40 Cynthia  is now offering LIVE SUPPORT.   This support is exclusively for emotional support and does not take the place of psychotherapy or professional counseling.  “I’m offering the support I wished I had when I was trying to conceive and when I was pregnant,” says Cynthia, who conceived naturally and gave birth at age 42 and 44 to two healthy daughters. 

“Hope calls. Faith walks,” is how one customer who is now a friend and now a new mommy describes my service. I was blessed with the opportunity to support her through preconception, pregnancy, birth and now with her newborn. I do believe there is a Power greater than circumstances. There is Hope. There is God.”

WHY LIVE SUPPORT MAY BE FOR YOU?
You want to talk to a woman who can relate to your desire to have a baby in your late 30s or 40s.
You want to talk to a woman who understands your fear of growing too old to have a baby.
You want to talk to a woman who understands your fear of bringing a baby into a blended or stepfamily.
You want to talk to a woman who will provide time to share concerns on your heart.
You want to talk to a woman who is NOT a psychotherapist/counselor/medical professional and will not be acting in this role during the live support. You want to talk InSeason Mom Founder Cynthia who conceived naturally, gave birth at age 42 to her first child, a healthy baby girl and again at age 44 to a second healthy girl. Cynthia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and has taught childbirth education at a major Southeastern hospital.

Her Live Support sessions are rooted in her Christian faith of compassion and are private and tailored to your individual concerns. The information she provides is intended for use as a general reference only. It is necessarily selective and deals with only some of the issues you may wish to consider when giving birth or becoming a mother over 35.  It does not constitute or is a substitution for substitution for medical advice from your physician or health care professional.
                                       
Two Live Support Programs Offered

Trying to Conceive in Your 40s Coping Tips
Description:  Discover over 30 practical spiritual, mental and physical tips to cope while trying to conceive. No depressing medical jargon or statistics.  In each session, you’ll have time to share your heart concerns with Cynthia who understands what you’re feeling.

4-week support program includes:               

●          45 minutes of live emotional support via telephone for four consecutive weeks
●          Unlimited email support
●          Trying to Conceive in Your 40s Coping Tips e-book
●          Ways you can use practical tips in Trying to Conceive in Your 40s Coping Tips ebook
●          Helpful/Inspiring resources (article links, book suggestions, quotes) emailed weekly
●          Faith-based support rooted in compassionate
●          Your customized empowerment plan to use after 4-week program
●          One–on-One personalized support from Cynthia InSeason Mom Founder who has walked your journey and has been recognized by CBS NY and MSNBC as a leading resource for first time moms over 35

Ease Your Fear of Giving Birth after 35 and 40

Description:  There’s not an expectant mom alive who hasn’t experienced some anxiety about her baby. As an expectant mom over 35 and 40, you’re hit with a double dose of anxiety. You worry about your baby’s health and you worry about the role your age will play in the development of your baby. Explore misconceptions about motherhood after 35 to help you gain confidence and tackle your fear.

4-week support program includes:               

●          20-25 minutes of live emotional support via telephone for four consecutive weeks
●          Unlimited email support
●          Helpful/Inspiring resources (article links, book suggestions, quotes) emailed weekly
●          Your customized empowerment plan to use after 4-week program
●          Faith-based support rooted in compassionate and action
●          One–on-One support from Cynthia InSeason Mom Founder recognized by CBS NY and MSNBC as a leading resource for first time moms over 35

 Email: cynthia@inseasonmom.org for details 





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