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Author Topic: Pregnant, 40, and Worried  (Read 1133 times)

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Offline vivyt

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Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« on: May 15, 2015, 08:42:32 AM »
Hi ladies! I am 40 years old, been positive for 8 years, and am 12 weeks pregnant. I have consulted with my ID doctor and he assures me that there won't be any problems carrying the baby to term and even though I've been on Atripla he still says it'll be fine. I met with the OB/GYN and he also says not to worry. I've done the research and know that chances of anything happening are very low, but I still can't help but worry. I guess I'm just looking for reassurance.  :)

Offline yellabee3

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Re: Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2015, 09:52:23 AM »
Hello, I believe everything will go well with you and congrats on the pregnancy. I had my son Feb 7th and found out I was positive when I was in my 24th week. I was stressed out and worried about my baby and the future of my marriage and state of mind. My son has been healthy so far and been tested negative 3 times. We go for our 4 month check up next month and the worries began again. Back to you, If the doctors not worry, I believe you will have a healthy pregnancy. But of course worrying is in our nature.

Offline Sweet_C

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Re: Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2015, 07:02:15 PM »
Congratulations!!!  As long as you stay on your meds, you have nothing to worry about HIV wise. 

I've had two HIV negative children since being diagnosed--1st at age 36 and 2nd at age 39.  Both were straightforward uncomplicated pregnancies. 

My second pregnancy I was a little freaked out because I had a precipitous labor and by the time I got to the hospital there was not time to do the AZT drip.  My little boy is HIV negative.  I found out later that theca current research suggests that the AZT drip is unnecessary for women who are undetectable, although this has not filtered down to the hospitals yet.  The thinking these days is that if you are undetectable you are not infectious. 
Tested positive on September 11, 2008

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Re: Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2015, 07:31:54 PM »
Congratulations, and trust your Docs on this, do as they say and all will be well.

Aroha
Jan
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Offline lupetto

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Re: Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2015, 02:10:42 PM »
Congratulations vivyt, that's wonderful news!

I'm sure your doctors would tell you if there was anything that you should be concerned about. What is it that worries you? HIV or something else? Having HIV will not harm your child in any way and you will have a healthy, negative baby - that's what all the research and the doctors are saying. But then again, I suppose all mothers worry about something when it comes to their kids, no matter what, so I guess you should just get used to it ;D Happy expecting to you guys!

Offline karry

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Re: Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2015, 07:38:23 PM »
Hi Vivyt!
Congratulations! You will be having a November baby like me....yupee!

I have been pos for 8 years and I am going to be 37 by the time I have the baby. I am now on kivexa, atazanavir and norvir. I just switched from kaletra to norvir and atazanavir a few days ago.  The dr I see specializes in HIV pos women. She is quite young though, but very likeable and trustworthy. She reassures me that my age and status are not a hindrance to having a healthy baby! I am keeping a very positive outlook on that, taking my meds religiously and trusting her. 

Your doctors are right! You will be okay!
Here is to a cheerful pregnancy for you!
Karry
Take it a day at a time....and be positive about it too!

Offline vivyt

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Re: Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2015, 11:42:57 PM »
Thanks for the reassurance ladies. I was concerned because of the Atripla, which I is what I am on, but the doctor let me know that chances of anything happening were statistically insignificant. I also found out that I might be able to have a vaginal delivery because my viral load is undetectable  :). I guess I just can't help but be a little worried. I go in Thursday for my second ultrasound sine I am at an "advanced maternal age"...lol!

Offline Sweet_C

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Re: Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2015, 10:55:52 PM »
My doc said the same thing about the super low chance of anything happening on Atripla.  It seems like the drug had nothing to do with the birth defects and there's just not enough data to prove otherwise. 
Tested positive on September 11, 2008

Offline DLynn1982

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Re: Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2015, 09:16:39 AM »
Is your doctor continuing you on Atripla, or has he changed your medication for the remainder of your pregnancy?

Offline vivyt

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Re: Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2015, 01:48:34 PM »
My  ID doctor kept me on Atripla because I was already about 8 or 9 weeks pregnant and any damage that could be done is during the first 8 weeks. He spoke to a specialist in high risk pregnancies and he found that the studies they have done aren't statistically significant enough to cause alarm. He reassured me it would be fine. Atripla is the only med I've been on since diagnosed in 2007. Right now it's more about my age rather than my illness.

I will be 15 weeks this Saturday and everything is progressing nicely. ☺️

Offline DLynn1982

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Re: Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2015, 06:39:07 PM »
I wish you the best of luck and keep us updated! I'm 32 and have only been on Atripla. My husband and I are ready to start a family so I'm waiting on an appointment with my ID specialist. But I'm gathering as much information as possible and your story has helped. Thank you for sharing!!

Offline Rosie117

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Re: Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2015, 03:15:05 AM »
Hi ladies. I searched for threads regarding pregnancy and medication and came upon this one. My husband and I have decided we'd like to have a baby in the next year or two. My ID doctor is aware and said I'd have to switch meds before trying to get pregnant. I've been on Stribild since diagnosis in October 2014 and have been undetectable with no bad side effects. She is recommending I switch to Complera before pregnancy. Have any of you had experience with Complera or have your doctors mentioned it at all when going over possible treatments during pregnancy?
 
Thank you and I hope you're all doing well!

Offline vivyt

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Re: Pregnant, 40, and Worried
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2015, 11:25:37 PM »
Hi Rosie! I don't know about that medication. I have been taking Atripla since 2007. I was already 11 weeks pregnant by the time I found out. My ID doctor, after research and a consult with another doctor, had me just stay on the medication. He said that if there was any damage to be done it was during the first 6 weeks. He also said that I would be ok. Obviously if I was planning the pregnancy I would have changed meds. I'm 19 weeks now. Trust whatever the doctor says and good luck! Hopefully someone here will no more about the meds.

 


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