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Photo credit: Living History Mindwalk, Morro Bay, by Mike Baird
You know, the idea of older mothers is only unique by our modern standards.

I recently looked up old census records only to discover women in the mid to late 1800s continued to have children well into their late 40s and early 50s!

Apparently, they had babies right up until menopause.

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My mother was 46 years old when she had me

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Please also keep in mind any mother who is healthy enough to conceive/carry a pregnancy to term at an older age has a much greater likelihood of having the genes to help her live longer, particularly if it is conceived with her own egg.

Research studies have show those women often live to over 100 years old.

By the way, I gave birth to my biological baby at age 45, my parents are in their 80s and healthy.

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I had a daughter at 19 years old, and I was in labor for 18 hours.

I was pregnant at 44 years old (unbeknownst to all of us), and he popped out in about 20 minutes.

Much easier later in life!!!

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My parents married at 27 years old, and quickly had three children.

When my mother was in her 40s, and going thru menopause, she got pregnant with me.

My siblings are much older than me, they were getting married and going off to fight the Vietnam war as I was just starting kindergarten.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy!: The Complete Sourcebook for Starting (and Re-Starting) Motherhood Beyond 35 and After 40, by Doreen Nagle. Publisher: HCI (February 7, 2002)But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy! The Complete Sourcebook for Starting (and Re-Starting) Motherhood Beyond 35 and After 40
by Doreen Nagle

-- The first and only book to fully address the concerns of the ever-growing but greatly ignored an audience of literate, educated women who have delayed motherhood.

In this comprehensive work, women who are considering parenting in their 30s, 40s, and later - whether for the first time or starting over - will find all the information they need to make informed choices.

Complete with quotes from medical experts, later-in-life moms, and their kids, this one-stop book will calm the doubts and fears of women considering motherhood after 35 and beyond 40 by providing supportive yet realistic information.

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Image: Toy Shopping, by Pham Trung Kien on PixababyThis past Sunday, while shopping at WalMart, I ran into a girl whom I had gone to high school with.

She was eight months pregnant with her second baby, and she is 47 years old...

We chatted for a few minutes, and I found she had a son who was five years old and was due in four weeks with this baby.

There is hope everywhere...

I think we all need to hear the good more so than the bad society and the medical profession tends to throw at us.

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Yes, I was the same age, 44 years old when I conceived, and 45 years old when my second daughter arrived.

Other than some blood pressure problems, an uneventful reasonably natural birth, and pregnancy.

Now we are actively preventing a reoccurrence.

We consider ourselves to be very lucky people for it to happen so easily...

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My mom was 43 years old when she became pregnant with my youngest brother.

Of course, she was already beginning menopause, she had not had her period for several months.

So when she got pregnant she didn't even realize it.

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I'm 46 years old and expecting my fourth child on May 2nd.

I conceived with no medical intervention, although I did miscarry immediately prior to conceiving this child.

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My c-section is scheduled for five weeks from today. I'm ready.

It's been a fairly easy pregnancy, but I'm ready for it to be over.

My back is starting to ache a bit.

I turned 46 years old a couple of weeks ago, so I guess if an occasionally achy back is the only complaint I've got, then I'm doing OK.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother, by Judith Newman. Publisher: Miramax (April 21, 2004)You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother
by Judith Newman

-- Today the number of women having their first child over thirty-five has increased by a bazillion fold, or some equally scary large number and Newman is the first to write a book telling what it's really like when a trip to the drugstore entails the purchase of both diaper cream and wrinkle cream; when getting your shots means both immunization and Botox.

You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman is not only about having children later in life: it's about what happens to a marriage—and to the spirit when even the most sought-after baby comes.

Wry, warm, and brutally honest, this is the book for any woman—whatever her age—who has awakened at 3AM to the insistent shrieks of her darling and thought: Oh man, I'm too old for this.

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Image: Marcia Proffelt, a 57 year old pregnant American woman
Photo by Marcia Proffelt - All rights reserved

Check out this YouTube video of Marcia Proffelt, a 57 year old pregnant American woman.

She is playing tennis with her husband, in Acapulco, Mexico.

While she is 9 months pregnant.

She says, Never give up!




This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on YouTube.com
Read more: 57 year old pregnant woman playing tennis
Originally posted on July 10, 2009.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Motherhood After 35: Choices, Decisions, Options, by Maggie Jones. Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (March 22, 1998)Motherhood After 35: Choices, Decisions, Options
by Maggie Jones

-- How is having a baby different for women in their late thirties and early forties?

If you're between 35 and 45 years old, and trying to have a baby, or have already conceived, here's the reassurance you need ... and the facts you've been waiting for.

Maggie Jones evaluates the advantages as well as the risks of later motherhood.

Whether you are considering your first pregnancy after 35, or are starting a second family later in life, Motherhood After 35 is written with you in mind.

The author describes simply and clearly how to have the healthiest pregnancy possible, and the options available.

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Image: Newborn baby, by James Timothy Peters on Pixabay

Monday, my nurse practitioner [NP] called, and while we were discussing my instructions, she thought to tell me about another patient she had seen today (without revealing the patient's name, of course).

Her 45-year-old patient is pregnant -- naturally.

This woman had her first child, now three, at age 42.

Her FSH in July 2005 was 16.

About 3 months ago, my NP also mentioned to me a BFP [big fat positive - pregnancy test] she had called in today to one of her 42-year-old IVF patients.

I asked yesterday how the woman was doing and was told she had made it through her first trimester and is doing fine.

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My midwife has a patient who is pregnant and 47 years old... 48 years old at delivery.

I asked if next time I'm pregnant would my age be a factor in whether she could take me as a patient or not?

That's when she told me about this woman she'd just seen today.

I told her I knew some people who will want to hear about this one!

She also told me this is the woman's FIRST pregnancy!

I thought that made it even more spectacular.

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Some encouraging news! My dear friend from college, 43 years old, had her baby last night.

A healthy perfect 8 lb little girl!

She has a 7-year-old daughter, has suffered numerous early losses, and a stillbirth 2 years ago.

She had testing done about a year ago and was on Folic Acid throughout her pregnancy.

But, other than a lot of close monitoring, her pregnancy was uneventful.

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I am now 49 years old (almost), and my daughter will be 3 in March.

Got pregnant accidentally (can you believe it, a woman of my age getting pregnant accidentally, oh my,) and the father only lasted about 6 months or so before he left.

So -- single, going through menopause, with an almost 3-year old -- many tough days for sure.

Would I change any single thing?

No, my pregnancy was wonderful. I loved it, I love remembering it.

Wish I could do it again over and over.

I was perfectly healthy (and I was a smoker), and I had the healthiest smartest (of course), most beautiful baby girl.

Even thinking about it now, I get tears in my eyes.

She has not suffered because I'm older -- there was no way I would have been the parent I am when I was younger.

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I am 45 years old, and discovered I am pregnant the day before Thanksgiving.

Last year I had a miscarriage after seven weeks, and we've been trying again for 15 months!

( I never wanted children until my 5-year-old nephew appeared!)

I was just about to change my insurance coverage when I took the test.

I know there is a 50/50 chance of miscarriage again, but I want to encourage you to try since I squeaked by at the 5 percent rate!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Brotherhood of Joseph: A Father's Memoir of Infertility and Adoption in the 21st Century, by Brooks Hansen. Publisher: Modern Times; First Edition edition (May 27, 2008)The Brotherhood of Joseph: A Father's Memoir of Infertility and Adoption in the 21st Century
by Brooks Hansen

-- Offering men a chance to be heard and women a rare opportunity to view the struggle with infertility from a male perspective, The Brotherhood of Joseph brings to life the anger, frustration, humor, heartbreak, and sense of helplessness that come to dominate the husband's role.

As his remarkable account reaches its finale in Siberia, however, Hansen's once again becomes the story of a husband and a wife who, even after years of medical frustration and fruitless paperwork, still must take one last risk together and trust in their most basic instincts before their new family can be born.

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Image: Joanna Du Plessis, 58, holds her baby Magda and one of her grandchildrens dolls. Mrs. Du Plessis had to borrow dolls clothing to dress the unexpected baby
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July 16, 1969 - Suddenly I'm young again, grandmother Mrs. Joanna Du Plessis said today.

Mrs. Du Plessis, 58, gave birth to a 5 lb. girl on Tuesday.

She said she had to borrow dolls clothes from one of her ten grandchildren to dress the baby because she did not know until three hours before the birth she was pregnant.

Mrs. Du Plessis became the oldest woman on record to have a child.

The Guinness Book of Records said the oldest woman previously to give birth was American Mrs. Roth Kitler who had a daughter in 1956 at the age of 57.

Mrs. Du Plessis told reporters her husband had wept for joy when he saw the baby, called Magda.

It was his first child, she said.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on The Age
Read more: Oldest Mother Did Not Know
Originally posted on July 17, 1969.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The New Fertility Diet Guide: Delicious Food Secrets To Help You Get Pregnant Faster At Any Age, by Niels H. Lauersen and Colette Bouchez. Publisher: Ivy League Press (September 21, 2009)The New Fertility Diet Guide: Delicious Food Secrets To Help You Get Pregnant Faster At Any Age
by Niels H. Lauersen and Colette Bouchez

-- The best selling authors of Getting Pregnant: What You Need To Know Now share new secrets to using specific foods and food combinations to greatly enhance your chance of getting pregnant fast and easy.

Tested on hundreds of couples, this unique new natural way to increase fertility can work regardless of your age or reproductive status.

Studies show it can even increase your IVF success rate!

Delicious, nutritious and easy to follow, this secret food plan works for both women and men to not only help increase fertility but also improve overall health and encourage conception of a healthier baby!

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Image: Mira Sorvino welcomes 4th baby with Christopher Backus. Photo Credit: FameFlynet
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May 04, 2012 - Mira Sorvino and her husband Christopher Backus added another little girl to their gang, welcoming daughter Lucia in May 2012 in Los Angeles.

We are thrilled beyond measure to have been blessed with our fourth precious, healthy child,Sorvino told People, which first confirmed the news.

The Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion star is 44 years old, and also mother to 7-year-old daughter Mattea and sons Johnny, 5, and Holden, 2 years old.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on LAtimes.com
Read more: Mira Sorvino welcomes 4th baby with Christopher Backus
Originally posted on May 04, 2012.



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy!: The Complete Sourcebook for Starting (and Re-Starting) Motherhood Beyond 35 and After 40, by Doreen Nagle. Publisher: HCI (February 7, 2002)But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy! The Complete Sourcebook for Starting (and Re-Starting) Motherhood Beyond 35 and After 40
by Doreen Nagle

-- The first and only book to fully address the concerns of the ever-growing, but greatly ignored audience of literate, educated women who have delayed motherhood.

In this comprehensive work, women who are considering parenting in their 30s, 40s, and later -- whether for the first time or starting over -- will find all the information they need to make informed choices.

Complete with quotes from medical experts, later-in-life moms, and their kids, this one-stop book will calm the doubts and fears of women considering motherhood after 35 and beyond 40 by providing supportive yet realistic information.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 275 pages
Click to order/for more info: But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy!

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Image: Anita Arora, mom at 46
Photo credit: WandsworthGuardian.co.uk - All rights reserved
A baby born 10 weeks premature, after his mother was told by doctors she was suffering from the early menopause, has come home from hospital.

Matthew Arora was born on Christmas day 2010 after his mother, Anita Arora, 46 years old, was rushed to the hospital just two days after she found out she was pregnant.

After weeks of hospital care, he finally arrived in his family's Southfields home on February 17 to live with his mum, dad, and two siblings for the first time and is progressing well.

Mrs. Arora said: It is very nice to finally have the whole family at home, and he is getting on very well with his brother and sister.

The Wandsworth Guardian revealed earlier this year how Mrs Arora claimed she was told on numerous occasions she was not pregnant by her GPs, with them diagnosing her with the early menopause.
This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on WandsworthGuardian.co.uk
Read more: Shock birth baby returns to Southfields home after six weeks in hospital
Originally posted on March 7, 2011.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility, by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly. Publisher: Penguin Books (February 24, 2004)Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility
by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly

-- Infertility is a heartbreaking condition affecting nine million American couples each year.

It causes tremendous stress, can trigger debilitating sadness and depression and can tear a marriage to shreds.

In Conquering Infertility, Harvard psychologist Alice Domar — whom Vogue calls the Fertility Goddess — provides infertile couples with what they need most: stress relief, support, and hope.

Using the innovative mind/body techniques she has perfected at her clinic, Domar helps infertile women not only regain control over their lives but also boost their chances of becoming pregnant.

With Conquering Infertility, women learn how to cope with infertility in a much more positive way and to carve a path toward a rich, full, happy life.

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Image: Is everything you thought about older mothers WRONG?
Photo credit: © Murray Sanders | Dailymail.co.uk - All rights reserved
Here's a little quiz for you...

What did the following famous women do at the ages given:
Arlene Philips, 47; Jane Seymour, 44; Christie Brinkley, 44; Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding, 48?

Some form of cosmetic surgery, perhaps? Divorce, maybe?

No, that's the age at which they gave birth.

And this week Carla Bruni joined the number of high‑profile older mums when she had her daughter at the age of 43 — not, perhaps, as unusual as Cherie Blair giving birth to baby Leo at 45 years old, but still old enough to raise a few eyebrows.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Dailymail.co.uk
Read more: Is everything you thought about older mothers WRONG?
Originally posted on October 21, 2011.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother, by Judith Newman. Publisher: Miramax (April 21, 2004)You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother
by Judith Newman

-- Today the number of women having their first child over thirty-five has increased by a bazillion fold, or some equally scary large number and Newman is the first to write a book telling what it's really like when a trip to the drugstore entails the purchase of both diaper cream and wrinkle cream; when getting your shots means both immunization and Botox.

You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman is not only about having children later in life: it's about what happens to a marriage—and to the spirit when even the most sought-after baby comes.

Wry, warm, and brutally honest, this is the book for any woman—whatever her age—who has awakened at 3AM to the insistent shrieks of her darling and thought: Oh man, I'm too old for this.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 320 pages
Click to order/for more info: You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman



Image: Surprise delivery: Debbie Hughes with her new son Kyle who came despite his mother taking the pill
Photo credit: Worldwide Features | Dailymail.co.uk - All rights reserved
At the age of 53, Debbie Hughes imagined the only babies she would be looking after would be her granddaughters.

Instead, despite taking the contraceptive Pill, she has become one of Britain's oldest ever naturally conceiving mothers – giving birth to a healthy baby boy named Kyle.

Miss Hughes took a pregnancy test after her family teased her about putting on weight, expecting the notion she was having another child to be swiftly ruled out.

But after putting on her reading glasses to decipher the result, the astonishing news began to sink in.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Dailymail.co.uk
Read more: The grandma who's a mum again at 53
Originally posted on January 25th, 2012.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy, by Ophelia Austin-Small. Publisher: Calla Lilly Press / Lulu.com; 2 edition (December 27, 2007)Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy
by Ophelia Austin-Small

-- Pregnancy books on the market have one of two audiences - the teen with an unplanned pregnancy, or the adult with a planned and chosen one.

Nowhere was there a book for the almost 3 million adult women facing surprise pregnancy every year.

Surprise Motherhood is aimed directly at that gap, telling the stories of Ophelia and other women who have faced unplanned pregnancy as an adult, professional women.

With extensive information about options, paternity, career issues, postpartum depression, finances, and more, Surprise Motherhood is the only reference of its kind, and is sure to be an invaluable reader resource.

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