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Image: Never too late: life begins at 50. Photo Credit: © Chloe Dewe Mathews
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Sarah Briggs, 50 years old, is the mother of three children, Alexander, eight, Isabella, six, and Edward, one year old.

She is married to David, 37, an accountant, and lives just outside Carlisle.

In the past 10 years, Sarah Briggs, a chartered surveyor, has fallen in love, got married and become a mother of three.

What is surprising is it has all happened when she was in her forties.

Edward, her youngest, was born when she was 49 years old.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Telegraph.co.uk
Read more: Never too late: life begins at 50
Originally posted in April 14, 2012.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: How to Get Pregnant Fast: Crucial Knowledge for Getting Pregnant, by Hillary J Lowndes. Publisher: CreateSpace (January 13, 2012)How to Get Pregnant Fast: Crucial Knowledge for Getting Pregnant
by Hillary J Lowndes

-- Discover the keys to getting giving yourself the best chances of getting pregnant.

Don't surround yourself with information about what not to do.

Instead, you can take proactive steps to make sure that everything is just right.

If you feel you can't get pregnant it may be because you're not taking the right approach.

The best way to get pregnant doesn't have to be stressful.

You can take control once you learn some of the science and some of the secrets passed down through time.

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Image: Boogie and Diddle's World, by Anissa Thompson on FreeImages

My sister in law just told me a woman who goes to her church got pregnant at 46 years old -- completely unplanned -- and delivered her beautiful and healthy baby a week ago!

No one even knew she was pregnant for the longest time.

I guess she and her husband were kind of embarrassed (they already have two children, the youngest who is 20!) and didn't really mention it until the last couple of months when she got really big.

I, of course, asked my sister in law the same question I always ask about women that age -- did this woman do in vitro or anything?

My sister-in-law laughed, and said, Are you kidding? They thought she was going through menopause, and she didn't realize she was pregnant till she started feeling the signs -- again, which she attributed to menopause -- and her doctor confirmed it.

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This is for every woman who wants a baby and isn't sure if it's even possible, every woman who might be pregnant now and not sure if she wants a baby and every woman who just isn't sure she will have the energy and strength to raise a baby after 40.

My grandmother had 12 children between 1932 and 1957. Her last was at age 45. Every one of them was healthy, uncomplicated births.

Most were born at home with a midwife or the local country doctor attending.

After being blessed as she was with the births of all these babies, came the raising of them.

My grandmother worked from morning 'til night taking care of her home and family.

She never complained. She always said she had a good life and felt blessed.

So just remember women are AMAZING. Each and every one of us.

We have an inner strength sometimes we don't even realize we have.

It's okay to be sad and blue sometimes, it's only natural, but never give up having hope and faith whatever we want for our lives we can make come true and whatever life throws at us we'll be able to handle.
-- Rhonda


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir, by Alice Eve Cohen. Publisher: Viking Adult (July 9, 2009)What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir
by Alice Eve Cohen
--A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possible

At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years.

After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming.

Alice tells her fiancé she's never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.

In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb - six months into a high-risk pregnancy.

What I Thought I Knew is a page-turner filled with vivid characters, humor, and many surprises and twists of fate.

With the suspense of a thriller and the intimacy of a diary, Cohen describes her unexpected journey through doubt, a broken medical system, and the hotly contested terrain of motherhood and family in today's society.

Timely and compelling, What I Thought I Knew will capture readers of memoirs such as Eat, Pray, Love; The Glass Castle; and A Three Dog Life.

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Baby can wait

Fran Watson gave birth to Angus when she was 43 years old, having waited 20 years to find the right partner, get married and then have a child.

What I feel like a mom who waited a long time is 'My God, I'm happy,' said the longtime publicist.

And what can possibly be wrong with that wonderful feeling?

A fitness professional in Calgary, Helen Vanderburg said she delayed having children mostly because she wasn't in a committed relationship until she was older; building her career played a secondary role.

She underwent a full complement of testing to rule out any genetic abnormalities and, at 45 years old, gave birth to her daughter, Sage.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Calgary Herald
Read more: Baby can wait
Originally posted on February 15, 2009

TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: The Diet That Will Improve Your Fertility Now and Into Your 40s, by Aimee E. Raupp. Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (May 22, 2014)Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: The Diet That Will Improve Your Fertility Now and Into Your 40s
by Aimee E. Raupp

-- Worried about your ability to have children in the next five years?

Have you been trying to get pregnant for a while now and it's just not happening?

Does it seem like every woman you know is having a hard time getting pregnant and you don't want that to be you when you're ready?

If you answered yes to any one of these questions, Aimee's second book, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: The Diet That Will Improve Your Fertility Now and Into Your 40s, was written for you.

Whether you're in your 20s, 30s or 40s, this book will give you all the nutritional information you need to keep your baby-making machinery in tip-top shape.

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Image: Suit claims Hudson County refused to reassign pregnant worker who later suffered miscarriage

Yvonne Coleman-Davis became pregnant with twins when she was 41 years old, in the spring of 2010.

Yvonne, a corrections officer who works an overnight shift, eventually miscarried one of the twins she was carrying.

Yvonne said she asked to be reassigned during her high-risk pregnancy so she wouldn't have to be in close quarters with inmates.

Her superiors refused, she says.

After the miscarriage, but while she was six months pregnant with the twin who survived, Coleman-Davis was kicked in the stomach by a female prisoner.

She was required to fill out paperwork before her superiors allowed her to go to the hospital.

I was horrified, Coleman-Davis told The Jersey Journal.

All I was thinking was, I was going to lose that baby. I lost one, and now I'm going to lose the other one.

She did not return to work until after her daughter Veronica was born on October 28th.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on NJ.com
Read more: Suit claims Hudson County refused to reassign pregnant worker who later suffered miscarriage
Originally posted on July 26, 2012.
Photo credit: Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal | Yvonne Coleman Davis, a Hudson County corrections officer, suffered a miscarriage of one of her twins after she claims her superiors refused to reassign her.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Boost Your Fertility: New Solutions for Conceiving Quickly and Having a Healthy Pregnancy as Soon as Possible, by Marilyn Glenville Ph.D. Publisher: Fair Winds Press (March 1, 2009)Boost Your Fertility: New Solutions for Conceiving Quickly and Having a Healthy Pregnancy as Soon as Possible
by Marilyn Glenville Ph.D.

-- The definitive one-stop resource for couples who want to have a healthy pregnancy as soon as possible.

Based on leading women's health expert Dr. Marilyn Glenville's highly successful program, Boost Your Fertility presents an 8-step integrative approach including nutrition, lifestyle, removing environmental toxins, and medical screening for getting and staying pregnant.

Dr. Glenville outlines in detail what may be hindering pregnancy, what you and your partner should be tested for and when, and how to tailor the program to you based on particular factors such as age, medical history, and lifestyle.

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Image: Babe kid portrait cheerful smile small child, by Виктория Бородинова, on Pixabay

I was in your shoes about six weeks ago. I just turned 12 weeks today.

I am 46 years old, going to be 47 when the baby is born.

I already have eight children, the youngest of whom will be six years old.

I sure thought I was done with all this!

I was shocked and not too happy for the first month, a little less shocked and a little more happy the second month.

After the shock wears off, I think you will become more excited about the new life within you.

I too am very nervous about carrying a baby at this age, and also the repeat cesarean (this will be my 8th cesarean, and the last one was a little tougher to get over because of all the scar tissue and trouble getting Steven out).

So I am very nervous about this one.

But I figure that God put me in this boat for a reason, and He will take care of me.

Having faith is the only way to get through this life-altering experience, believe me!



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Image: Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood, by Elizabeth Gregory. Publisher: Basic Books (December 25, 2007)
Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood
by Elizabeth Gregory

-- Over the past three decades, skyrocketing numbers of women have chosen to start their families in their late thirties and early forties.

In 2005, ten times as many women had their first child between the ages of 35 and 39 as in 1975, and thirteen times as many had their first between 40 and 44.

Women now have the option to define for themselves when they're ready for family, rather than sticking to a schedule set by social convention.

As a society, however, we have yet to come to terms with the phenomenon of later motherhood, and women who decide it makes sense for them to delay pregnancy often find themselves confronted with alarmist warnings about the dangers of waiting too long.

In Ready, Elizabeth Gregory tracks the burgeoning trend of new later motherhood and demonstrates that for many women today, waiting for family works best.

She provides compelling evidence of the benefits of having children later -- by birth or by adoption.

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Image: Nadia Comaneci and Bart Connor have a boy
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June 6, 2006 - Bart Conner, 48, and gymnast Nadia Comaneci, 44, with their newborn son Dylan Paul. He was born June 3, 2006, and weighed in at 4 lbs, 10 oz.

Highlights from the interview include:

Although Dylan was originally due on July 9th, the due date was moved up to late June.

Three weeks before Nadia's due date, her amniotic fluid was running low, and her doctor chose to perform a cesarean section.

Dylan remained in the hospital for 12 days following his birth, while his swallow reflex developed.

The couple waited to have children for ten years after their marriage because other things became priorities, and Nadia was not quite ready.

Once she was though, the pregnancy happened naturally, although they were thinking about adoption.

Read more: People.com


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Getting Pregnant the Natural Way
(Women's Natural Health)
by D. S. Feingold, Deborah Gordon

-- Are you experiencing infertility?

Written by an authority in complementary medicine, Getting Pregnant the Natural Way is a compassionate guide offering natural approaches to help you now.

Drawing on the benefits of herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutritional therapies, and mind-body medicine in conjunction with the latest medical therapies, Dr. Deborah Gordon explains the mechanisms of fertility, and the possible causes of infertility, then outline a simple six-step program to help you:

• Prepare your body, mind, and spirit for pregnancy
• Prevent, control, or reverse conditions that impair fertility
• Improve your overall feelings of health and well-being
• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Create balance in your life

Uniquely created from a woman's perspective, Getting Pregnant the Natural Way offers support, wisdom, and hope for you to reach your goal of a healthy pregnancy.

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Image: Exceptional case: Giovanni Ciardi, with partner Bruno Paoli, is pregnant at 54

A 54-year-old Italian woman has amazed doctors and herself by falling pregnant naturally.

Hospital worker Giovanni Ciardi is one of only a handful of women to have become pregnant without medical treatment in their 50s.

Doctors have described her as an exceptional case.

Mrs. Ciardi is 15 weeks pregnant.

She is due to give birth to a girl in November - by which time she will be 55 years old.

She already has a 23-year-old daughter called Veronica through her first marriage.

Photo credit: © ANSA / DailyMail.co.uk - All rights reserved

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on DailyMail.co.uk
Read more: I thought it was menopause: Italian woman shocks doctors by falling pregnant aged 54 - NATURALLY
Originally posted on May 15, 2010.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle, by Rachel Dratch. Publisher: Gotham; 1st ed., 1st Ptg edition (March 29, 2012)Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
by Rachel Dratch

-- Her career at a low point, Rachel Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog-sitting, learning Spanish - and dating.

After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John.

Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child, and moved to New York to be a dad.

With riotous humor, Dratch recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and the awkwardness of a baby-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word.

Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch's time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar is a refreshing version of the happily ever after story that proves female comics - like bestsellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler - are truly having their moment.

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Image: An old lady smiles on a whale watching trip, Reykjavík, Iceland, by Silvia Cosimini, on FreeImages

November 10, 1992 --- DEAR ABBY:
This is for Found Love Late who wonders if she's too old to have a child in her mid-40s:

I was 45 and my husband was 50 when I became pregnant. We had been childless for 22 years and it was a great shock, to put it mildly. My doctor assured me that my age was no problem because my health was excellent.

I had an uneventful and easy pregnancy and was thrilled when I delivered a beautiful baby girl.

We had some adjustments to make to our lifestyle, but we handled them well.

Chris has been the joy of my life. She is 32 years old now, happily married and has given me four beautiful grandchildren.

I am now a widow - 78 years young.

Is it fair for a child to have a menopausal mom? I will let my daughter answer that question. I'm enclosing her letter...



DEAR ABBY: My mother gave me an assignment I am accepting happily.

She asked me what it was like having a menopausal mother. I never knew I had one. I suppose most kids think their parents are "old" - but I never thought mine was any older than the rest.

In fact, I always thought my parents were pretty cool - especially my mom. She was always up on the latest fashions, styles, and trends, and she dressed accordingly. (She still does.)

My mom is my best friend. We talk on the phone every day and get together at least once a week to go shopping. She can run circles around me. I have to ask her to stop so I can rest.

I want to tell those women who found love late and had children later than most women:

Don't worry about looking like a grandmother at PTA meetings. You will see women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and colors there. Lots of moms are
also grandmothers from their older children. Besides, with today's lifestyles, many children are being raised by their grandparents, so I
doubt that you will be the oldest mother there.

But most of all, please don't worry about what your children might think about having an older mom. I had one, and it never even crossed my mind at the time. I had the most wonderful childhood a kid could have, and the best parents in the world and your children will probably think the same.

-- IDA'S DAUGHTER: CHRIS KNIGHT, VERO BEACH, FLA.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Google News
Read more: Letters show older moms aren't new
Originally posted on November 10, 1992.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Enhancing Fertility: A Couple's Guide to Natural Approaches, by Chris D. Meletis and Liz Brown. Publisher: Basic Health Pubns; 1 edition (May 2004)Enhancing Fertility: A Couple's Guide to Natural Approaches
by Chris D. Meletis and Liz Brown

-- This book is dedicated to the millions of couples who are trying to get pregnant without success.

Rather than assuming that you are infertile, you can try the many reliable natural remedies and resources in this book.

Barring physical problems beyond your control, you have the power to take charge of your health and boost your fertility.

The authors' goal is simple: to provide a clear guide to conception based on natural, safe, well-researched therapeutic approaches.

Nutritional, environmental, botanical, and physical medicines, as well as traditional Chinese medical practices and homeopathy, all offer ways to promote fertility.

Both men and women will find a wealth of helpful information on what to do-individually and together--to fully realize their fertility potential.

Even if infertility isn't a problem, and you are simply planning to get pregnant and want to deliver a healthy baby, this book will help improve your chances.

Anyone seeking to become a parent will benefit from this book's practical, time-tested wisdom.

The healthier a woman is, the greater the likelihood the seed of life will find fertile soil and grow into a healthy baby.

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April 2, 2012 - You may know Rachel Dratch as Debbie Downer from her stint on Saturday Night Live or for her cameos on 30 Rock...

But the 46-year-old comedian has more stories to tell than the standard ex-SNL-er's behind-the-scenes yarns.

There was this crazy twist that happened in my life, and I thought maybe I should start writing about this, she says.

Dratch, at 43 years old, after having given up on the idea of being married with kids someday, unexpectedly got pregnant and decided to make that midlife miracle, as she calls it, the centerpiece of her book.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Metro.us
Read more: Rachel Dratch: To SNL and back
Originally posted in April 2, 2012.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle, by Rachel Dratch. Publisher: Gotham; 1st ed., 1st Ptg edition (March 29, 2012)Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
by Rachel Dratch

-- Her career at a low point, Rachel Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog-sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John.

Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child, and moved to New York to be a dad.

With riotous humor, Dratch recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and the awkwardness of a baby-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word.

Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch's time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar is a refreshing version of the happily ever after story that proves female comics - like bestsellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler - are truly having their moment.

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