Being pregnant and over 40 often makes a woman feels like she is the new girl. She no longer fits in her social circle. Her friends may be planning their children’s wedding or college location while she is planning a birth location. Friends may be talking about joys of the “empty nest” while she is preparing for the heavenly scents and sounds of a newborn.
What can a pregnant woman over 40 do to overcome the feeling of isolation?
1) Embrace your season in life. This is your special season for conception and birth that the Creator has given you. Your girlfriend or mother’s may have given birth much younger. However, you are not your mama or your girlfriend. You are unique. Appreciate it.
2) Join a local or online support group for pregnant women over 40. You will find many good groups online. If the online groups don’t fit your style, establish a local group.
3) Be encouraged by research. A recent national report found birth rates falling in virtually every age group of women in their childbearing years — except for those between 40 and 50. The group aged 40 to 44 had its largest birth rate since 1967.
4) Choose your thoughts wisely. Like a gardener who pulls the weeds out of her flowerbed, pull the negative thoughts from your mind. Replace them with positive and uplifting thoughts.
I encourage you to try these suggestions because even the “new girl” eventually adapts to her changing environment.