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Image: Facts About Nadia Comăneci You Need To Know | Photo by Little Bart

June 2006 - Olympic legend Nadia Comaneci said she finally has an answer to the question, How will you celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first perfect 10 this summer?

Comaneci revealed she and her husband, fellow Olympic champion gymnast Bart Conner, are expecting a son in July.

It is the first child for both Comaneci, 44, and Conner, who turns 48 on March 28.

Comaneci recently returned to the U.S. from a trip back home to Romania, where she attended a fundraising event with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

She said she did not reveal her pregnancy to the media so as not to distract attention from Romania for Europe's Children, which raised one million euros for European orphanages.

Everybody there was asking me what I am going to do on July 18th to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first perfect 10, she said.

They wanted to have a special anniversary gala. I was thinking to myself that the only place I'm going in July is the delivery room.

A 14-year-old Comaneci shot to stardom at the 1976 Olympics Games in Montreal where she scored seven perfect 10s and won five medals, three of them gold.

Her accomplishment landed her on the covers of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated.

At the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Comaneci earned four more medals, two gold, and two silver.

We're so excited for this next chapter in our lives, Conner said. We've been so blessed with many exciting moments, but this tops the list.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Aipsmedia.com and Dailymail.co.uk
Read more: Nadia's Golden Boy is Perfect 10
Originally posted on June 29th, 2006.
I'm a super-fit mum at 46, says former gymnast Nadia who stunned the world with her Olympic perfect 10
Originally posted on August 13th, 2008.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: The Diet That Will Improve Your Fertility Now and Into Your 40's, 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.

📚 Paperback: 52 pages
Click to order/for more info: Yes, You Can Get Pregnant
Image: Baby and Teddy on a Blanket, by Myléne on Pixabay

Jazmyn posted: I think also, it's amazing how much negative stuff we hear from the medical profession about TTC [trying to conceive] over 35, but hardly ever any good things.

My own mom's stepmother had her last child at 48years old, and it wasn't unexpected as far as I know.

Her husband, my grandpa, was in his 80s.

I know we live in different times, etc.

But one can only hope in the future, people in general can get over this fixation they have, with childbearing being reserved only for those 25 and under.

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Sarah-Jayne posted: I'm in the exact same boat -- 44 years old (45 in March).

I just found out I'm pregnant - for the first time.

What a shock!

When my period was late, I just assumed I was starting menopause.

I finally took an EPT [Early Pregnancy Test] today, and got a positive result.

I almost passed out!

Going to the doctor tomorrow for my first prenatal visit.

Boyfriend is shocked, too, but supportive - thank God!

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Angelina posted: I am 44 years old, with an unplanned pregnancy.

I think I am eight weeks.

This is not my first baby by no means, I have six children.

I am so undecided about everything.

I am in shock and denial.

I had drinks during Thanksgiving holidays, but Christmas and New Years, not at all.

Anyway I am here for support and all that.

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Layla posted: I am 44 years old with unplanned pregnancy.

I just found out that I am six weeks pregnant...

Something not planned.

I am worried because, as it was the holidays, I spent quite a few nights drinking alcohol and basically not taking care of myself.

I have a bad habit of drinking wine just about every other night, and worried that my behavior may have already affected the developing fetus.

Of course, I have cleaned up my act the last couple weeks.

In addition, I am plain worried about having a healthy child.

Currently I am extremely tired, with headaches and some slight spotting of blood.

Who out there was/is in a similar situation?

I plan on going ahead with the pregnancy, but am not 100% convinced that this is what I should be doing.

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Camden posted: I was in your situation, but I was 43 years old, with unplanned and unexpected pregnancy.

I did not have a clue for seven weeks and had several instances where I was drinking alcohol.

Once I found out, I stopped drinking, and everything ended up fine.

The pregnancy was tough, and he was born premature, but he is now two years old and it has been wonderful.

I was wondering what I was doing at 43 years old, having a baby.

I had a 14 year old at the time, and I felt I was out of my league.

But I wouldn't change anything.

I have had to find a support system, and there are not that many new moms in their 40s.

I did find a Mom's Club with all ages and another mom at 43 years old, who just gave birth.

Most of the women are 28-35 years old, but our common bond is having fun with our kids, and it has been fun.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies, by Randine Lewis. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (March 21, 2005)The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
by Randine Lewis

-- Infertility affects one out of six couples today.

Dr. Lewis presents a groundbreaking alternative approach to infertility, explaining how she used traditional Chinese medicine to treat her own infertility, successfully conceiving and giving birth to two children.

In Lewis's experience, women who have undergone three to six months of the dietary changes, herbs and acupuncture treatments become pregnant with no further effort.

Lewis intersperses her somewhat technical examination of the program with anecdotes about her patients, weaving in discussions on diet, herbal supplements, acupuncture, older women and problems related to infertility.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 320 pages
Click to order/for more info: The Infertility Cure
Image; Jane Kaczmarek at the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards | Los Angeles, September 22, 2002

December 3, 2002 - Jane Kaczmarek, the screaming mom on Malcolm in the Middle, just had a child last fall.

Jane and ex-husband Bradley Whitford had all of their children after 40 years old -- Frances Genevieve in 1997, George Edward in 1999, and Mary Louisa in 2002.

She had her 1st at the age of 43, second at age 44 and the last one at the age of 47 (just before her 48th birthday in December.)

The Associated Press reported the baby weighed in at 10 pounds, 3 ounces, according to publicist Melissa Kates, who said of the newborn:

Everything went wonderfully, she looks amazing.

In a statement, the couple said, Mother and daughter are resting comfortably.

Father is struggling with hair loss.


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Ruth Pointer, of The Pointer Sisters, gave birth to twins at age 47 through IVF.

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Singer Roseanne Cash had her last child, a daughter, with husband John Leventhal in 1999 at the age of 44.

She has three other daughters from her marriage to Rodney Crowell, the youngest of these three is currently 15, the other two are adults.

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Actress Susan Sarandon had a daughter with Franco Amurri in 1985 when she was 38 or 39 years old.

Has two children with longtime partner Tim Robbins......

...a son born in May 1989 when she was 42 1/2 years old

...and a daughter born in May 1992 when she was 45 1/2 years old.

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Actress Marcia Gay Harden was born on August 14th, 1959.

She has three children with her husband Thaddaeus Scheel who she married in 1996.

A daughter, Eulala Grace Scheel, born in September 1998 when the actress was 41 years old.

And twins, a boy named Hudson Harden Scheel and a girl named Julitta Dee Harden Scheel, born on 22 April 2004 in New York - when she was 44 1/2 years old.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility, by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer. Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Revised Edition edition (March 13, 1998)The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility
by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer

-- Parents who have wondered about the long term impact of infertility on their self-image will find the answers in this insightful book by Lois Melina, author of Raising Adopted Children and Making Sense of Adoption.

Finally, here's a book that's sensitive and responsive to the unique emotional experience of parenting after a long, arduous course of infertility diagnosis and treatment.

The Long-Awaited Stork gives you all the information, advice, and support you need to adjust to and cope with the special problems of parenting after infertility.

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Image: Surprise delivery: Debbie Hughes with her new son Kyle who came despite his mother taking the pill

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.
Photo credit: Worldwide Features | Dailymail.co.uk - All rights reserved.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy | Paperback: 196 pages | by Ophelia Austin-Small (Author). Publisher: Lulu.com (May 8, 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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Image: Maria cradles her new baby boy with her husband Enzo look on. Picture: Australscope
Maria cradles her new baby boy with her husband Enzo look on. Image credit: Australscope

-- A 61-year-old Italian woman became a mum for the first time.

Maria Rosaria Veneruso delivered a baby boy, Elia Francesco, weighing 3.5kg, at a hospital in the Campania region in the south-western part of Italy.

Maria did not have any reproductive treatment to fall pregnant and her doctor Stefano Palmieri described her pregnancy as peaceful.

Read more: Mum gives birth to first child at 61 after conceiving NATURALLY

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-- The oldest recorded natural pregnancy in the US was a woman who was 57 years old in California in the late 90s.

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-- In the UK, Dawn Brooke gave birth at 59 years old, without the aid of fertility treatment breaking the previous world record for a natural pregnancy by two years.

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Many of the spontaneous conceptions after age 45 result in multiple births.

Take Arcelia Garcia for example -- triplets at age 54 in 2000. Natural conceptions.

Also in 2000, a 53-year-old gave birth to twins (natural conceptions), her story was a bit eclipsed by Mrs. Garcia's however.

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My name is Terry, I am 47 years old, my husband is 50 years old (this week). I am pregnant, again, without TTC (trying to conceive), seven kids (28-6 years old) and four pregnancy losses in past four years.........

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I just read on a site a 50-year-old woman is nine weeks pregnant after doing an IVF (in vitro fertilization).

This was in Europe, no donor eggs were used, and the parents-to-be are just delirious.

She got pregnant on her very first try.

She got married when she was 45 years old.

She wanted kids as soon as she did get married, but never thought about alternative treatments.

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Because of her poor responses to ovarian stimulation, inferior oocyte grading and prohibition of donor oocyte usage in Japan, the couple decided to discontinue further IVF treatment at age 48 years, 10 months.

One and one-half years later, at age 50 years, 3 months she presented to our clinic eight weeks pregnant.

At term she delivered vaginally a 2740 gram healthy infant at 38 weeks gestation; Apgar scores were 9 and 10.


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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Click to order/for more info: How to Get Pregnant Fast
Image: Never too late: life begins at 50. Photo Credit: © Chloe Dewe Mathews
Photo Credit: © Chloe Dewe Mathews / Telegraph.co.uk - All rights reserved
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.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 124 pages
Click to order/for more info: How to Get Pregnant Fast
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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Click to order/for more info: Yes, You Can Get Pregnant
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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