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  When we decided to have a baby, I really worried about how pregnancy would affect my 44-year old body.

We all know that it's more difficult to lose weight the older we get.

And our skin doesn't bounce back the way it did when we were younger.

About the author:
Joanna Montgomery is a 44-year-old new wife and working mom from Nashville, Tennessee, dealing with a new baby and recent cancer diagnosis, and writing about it all with gratitude, wry humor, and honesty

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Read more: Feeling Unattractive Post-Baby: Body Image Issues Put to the Test
Originally posted on April 18, 2012


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Baby Next Time, by Nicole Klieff. Publisher: AuthorHouse UK DS (August 19, 2008)-Baby Next Time
by Nicole Klieff

-- Based on a true-life account of a woman's discovery of infertility at the age of 35.

This is a compelling roller-coaster insight to the world of IVF exposing treatments and emotions over a nine year span.

Written with humor on such a dark and taboo subject of pregnancy loss and infertility this honest account is directed to the many across the world in a similar predicament.

The book is written in the hope that people will pursue to seek out the reasons for the most common complaint of "unexplained infertility".

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Image: Lawmaker Seiko Noda of the Liberal Democratic Party spends time with her son Masaki in a hospital. SEIKO NODA'S OFFICE / KYODOSeiko Noda, a 51-year-old Lower House lawmaker, drew wide public attention and controversy by bearing a child at age 50 through artificial insemination.

Her private life has been filled with constant travails, however, because she had enormous difficulty having a child.

At age 44 she published a book titled Watashi wa Umitai (I Want to Give Birth), in which she poured her heart out about her burning desire to somehow produce offspring and discussed her experience with fertility techniques.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on JapanTimes.co.jp
Read more: No regrets about giving birth at 50
Originally posted in March 23, 2013


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility, by Martha Diamond, David Diamond and Janet Jaffe. Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (June 1, 2005)-
Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility
by Martha Diamond, David Diamond and Janet Jaffe

-- For people experiencing infertility, wanting a baby is a craving unlike any other. The intensity of their longing is matched only by the complexity of the emotional maze they must navigate.

With insight and compassion, Drs. Janet Jaffe, Martha Diamond, and David Diamond-specialists in the field of Reproductive Psychology who have each experienced their own struggle with infertility-give couples the tools to:

 • Reduce their sense of helplessness and isolation
 • Identify their mates' coping styles to erase unfair expectations
 • Listen to their unsung lullabies-- their conscious and unconscious dreams about having a family -- to mourn the losses of infertility and move on.

Ground-breaking, wise, and compassionate, Unsung Lullabies is a necessary companion for anyone coping with infertility.

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Image: They couldn't have children of their ownThey tried for three years before the truth came into focus: John and Tracy Beckham couldn't have children of their own.

Infertility treatments were ineffective.

Tracy became pregnant several times, but because of a reproductive disorder, none of the pregnancies reached full term.

We wanted to have kids, John says. We wanted to have a big family. That's part of just who we are, I guess.

A family friend suggested the couple consider adoption or even becoming licensed for foster care. So they did both. The Beckhams adopted 6-month-old Sarah in 1988, and a few months after that, they brought home baby Rick.

Tracy estimates that about 20 youngsters, many of whom are now in their 20s, have lived in the Beckhams' four-bedroom home for at least three years. More have spent weeks or months there.

At age 43, she again became pregnant. The months passed, and there was no bad news.

Seventeen years after the couple had stopped trying to have a baby of their own, Tracy was pregnant with a daughter the couple would name Eliza.

The way it all turned out, Tracy says, you could've never imagined.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on KansasCity.com
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Originally posted in October 7, 2011.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION
Image: Making Babies the Hard Way: Living with Infertility and Treatment, by Caroline Gallup. Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (May 15, 2007)-Making Babies the Hard Way: Living with Infertility and Treatment
by Caroline Gallup

-- A frank account of one couple's discovery that they cannot have children of their own, and their ensuing struggle through four years of fertility treatment.

One in six couples worldwide seek assistance to conceive and 80 per cent of couples undergoing fertility treatment are currently unsuccessful.

Writing with humour and honesty, Caroline Gallup describes the social, emotional, spiritual and physical impact of infertility on her and her husband, Bruce, including feelings of bereavement for the absent child, the unavoidable sense of inadequacy and the day-to-day difficulties of financial pressure.

As well as telling her own moving story, she also offers information and guidance for others who are infertile, or who are considering or undergoing treatment.

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Image: Mom, 66, delivers tripletsBhateri Devi, 66, wanted to be a mother all her life. And now she finally is - three times over.

Devi, who is now thought to hold the title for the oldest mother of triplets in the world, gave birth recently after undergoing in vitro fertilization treatments at a well-known fertility center in India.

How soon Devi and her husband of 44 years will be able to take their children home is yet to be determined. The health of the two boys and one girl remains precarious.

At only 1.077 kilograms, 1.02 kilograms and 0.651 kilograms, they are seriously underweight and are being monitored in the intensive care unit of the National Fertility Center in the Indian state of Haryana.

Deva Singh, her husband, is delighted nevertheless. "Bhateri has fulfilled my dream of having a child and gave my family an heir," he said. "She was my first wife and after she failed to conceive a child, I married twice but again I did not have any child from my other wives also."

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on CBSnews.com
Read more: Woman, 66, Oldest to Birth Triplets
Originally posted in July 19, 2010.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What to Do When the Doctor Says It's Endometriosis: Everything You Need to Know to Stop the Pain and Heal Your Fertility, by Thomas L Lyons, Cheryl Kimball. Publisher: Fair Winds Press (November 1, 2003)-What to Do When the Doctor Says It's Endometriosis: Everything You Need to Know to Stop the Pain and Heal Your Fertility
by Thomas L Lyons, Cheryl Kimball

-- Endometriosis can disrupt women's lives. It is responsible for chronic, sometimes crippling pain, hundreds of thousands of missed work hours, and in its most extreme cases, infertility.

There is hope! Thomas L. Lyons, M.D., whose philosophy is to treat the patient, not the disease, has developed leading edge surgical techniques to address endometriosis.

Dr. Lyons demystifies this puzzling disease, covering issues from fertility to dietary concerns, alternative treatments to surgical options but the main focus is on the key issue of pain management for this potentially debilitating disease.

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Image: Woman gives birth to twins at 57. Photo Credit: AAP Source: AAP | News.com.auNovember 7, 2010 - A 57-YEAR-OLD woman, believed to be the oldest mother to give birth in Australia, has delivered IVF twins.

The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal the woman gave birth by Cesarean section on Monday at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth.

The case is believed to have set an Australian record.

Sources said the woman, who is believed to be from India, had IVF treatment with donated eggs in India before delivering twins in Perth this week.

She is understood to have spent the duration of her pregnancy in WA and was accompanied by a man, believed to be her husband.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on News.com.au
Read more: Woman gives birth to twins at 57
Originally posted in November 7, 2010.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Fully Fertile: A 12-Week Holistic Plan for Optimal Fertility, by Elisabeth Heller, Tami Quinn, Jeanie Lee Bussell. Publisher: Findhorn Press (February 1, 2008)pixelFully Fertile: A 12-Week Holistic Plan for Optimal Fertility
by Elisabeth Heller, Tami Quinn, Jeanie Lee Bussell

-- The healing powers of traditional yoga, Oriental medicine, nutrition, and other mind/body techniques are accessible with this do-it-yourself manual for women who are struggling with infertility or just looking to improve their odds of conception.

Natural methods based on Integrative Care for Fertility™ use a holistic approach to demonstrate how a home-based holistic fertility program can improve mind, body, and spirit, and in turn maximize chances for conceiving.

Photographs are provided to illustrate the proper yoga postures, and interspersed stories from yoga practitioners and experts present real-life struggles of infertility patients and victories that will inspire all women who are trying for a healthy pregnancy and birth.

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Image: Rebecca, 43, pregnant with 3rd childNew mums will be paid double wages for the first six weeks after they return to work as part of a 20-week paid maternity leave scheme at a major insurer.

Insurance Australia Group relationships manager Rebecca Isaachsen, 43 years old, pregnant with her third child, said the maternity leave bonus would make life easier.

This will take away the financial worry, she said. This could be the difference in the choice between having kids and not having kids.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on HeraldSun.com.au
Read more: Twice the payday for mums going back to work
Originally posted in April 16, 2012


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems, by Daniel A. Potter and Jennifer S. Hanin. Publisher: Da Capo Press (June 7, 2005)-What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems
by Daniel A. Potter and Jennifer S. Hanin

-- Infertility can be a couple's biggest nightmare, and for many of them, technology is the only place to turn for a chance at successfully conceiving their own child.

In What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant, world-renowned fertility expert Dr. Daniel A. Potter and Jennifer S. Hanin—a journalist who conceived twin girls through in vitro fertilization — walk readers step-by-step through the intricate process of having a baby using the latest technologies, sharing insider information on all possible procedures, how to choose the right doctor, what questions to ask, and how to live a healthy "fertile" lifestyle to increase the chances of success.

For the first time, readers will have access to detailed information on the very latest scientific advances in the field, including pre-screening for genetic diseases, gender-choosing, and pre-selecting desirable traits for children.

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I received this email from a 51 year old mom who wanted to share her story.

She didn't leave an a name or email address, but asked me to contact her by phone.

Unfortunately I don't have any budget for long distance or overseas calls - sorry!

But I am very happy to share her story. I hope she sees it in print!

This 51 year old mom wrote:
My rage was caused by an article on the AmazingPregnancy.com site I, by chance, stumbled across, giving statistics of the chance of having a Downs baby.

I can't remember the age it was referring to but it said, and I quote the chances of having a downs syndrome baby are one in a hundred, but don't forget the other 99 babies will be PERFECT.

OMG - perfect - is there such a thing? And what wording they'll be perfect?

What's the Downs baby, damaged goods, a reject, the runt of the litter, imperfect?

I'm sorry for that outburst, but I think you would love to hear about my AMAZING pregnancies. I have had every complication in the book, and I mean every. I am 51 years old in June, and I have had four boys ages 27, 24, 13, seven years old! And three miscarriages, all in different stages of the pregnancies.

I first got pregnant at 17 years old, ending in a horrific experience of a 19 week miscarriage. Then at 24, after vowing never to get pregnant again, I had my 1st son, sailed through the pregnancy then he was two weeks late - long painful labour and vowed again NEVER haha.

Second son - I was 26 unbelievably planned, horrific pregnancy, undiagnosed gestational diabetes till I was 22 weeks, and had a hypo in the middle of a busy shopping centre. Most of the rest of the pregnancy in hospital, and an early induction which medical staff thought would be safer for me and him.

One month old (and a long story itself) it was confirmed that he had Downs... I was 26!!!

Another miscarriage 11 years later, this time at 12 weeks. Then an almost instant pregnancy. At eight weeks, I began to bleed - they scanned me, and I was having twins!!! I lost one even after bed rest for two weeks. Luckily they weren't identical, and somehow my 3rd son was born... I was 37.

Two days later, it was me in danger (another long part). I developed what is so rare - hardly anything is wrote on the subject. I developed what (if I was still carrying my son) would of been pre-eclampsia and toxic shock syndrome, and the cure hopefully is to safely deliver the baby whatever the stage (I had him at 35+3 weeks). That usually cures it, and the pair are safe and sound...

But I'd had my son, so it was a terrifying experience for my family as specialists fought to save me. I lay in a coma in intensive care, blissfully unaware of the battle they had to save me. After I finally came home, three weeks later, my husband suggested as we laid in luxury in a really superb hotel that I'd had booked for months (I was a travel agent and was part of a franchise on teletext).

So I got the room as a concession for our wedding anniversary, yes he thought it would be nice to take the kids to the Canaries for a well earned break a couple of months later when the baby was allowed to fly. My mum came just to relax and look after the baby, so we could spend some quality time with the other two.

That was nearly cancelled as a few weeks before we went, I was sitting at my desk and yes, you guessed ha ha - that sicky feeling, sore breasts. I got in the car (everyone else was in bed), and went and bought a pregnancy test....

I didn't even have to wait, as the two lines showed up instantly. OMG that wedding anniversary break was too romantic.... I wasn't really far into the pregnancy and with just 2 weeks to the holiday I began to bleed, and sadly had another miscarriage...

We went ahead with the holiday, as I felt fine and luckily even though it was sad I still managed to have a relaxing break.

Life carried on as normal. My son with Downs was so good. Really intelligent, he went to a mainstream school part time, and was keeping up with his peers. He had to, as our family life was so hectic he was just treated the same - in fact I never thought of him as different.

He got no special treatment and had to do the same as his brothers there just wasn't enough time to treat him different, and it paid off for both him and all the family.

To my shock and disbelief, I found myself at 43 years old, pregnant again. What a nightmare that felt at the time. This couldn't be true, I told myself. Trying to convince myself (truthfully) that both the tests were faulty, and the missed periods were the change in life.

I was really convinced, well tried to, that it was wrong - and the funniest thing was that I was like a teenager. Scared to tell my family - after all those days were over - my three sons were 19, 17, and six years old.

The pregnancy (yep I was, haha) was awful. I was in and out of hospital, diabetic again but this time diagnosed early. I was on insulin, lots of kidney infections. At 35 weeks, they decided that it would be better all round if they induced me - as I seemed to be really ill most of the time.

I was given a day, and I was given one dose of the gel, and a drip to start the labour. That was bad enough. But after another dose, and me weak, the medical staff decided that after three days and two centimeters only that - due to the circumstances - they would give me an emergency c-section.

I was shocked though, as he was so small and early, yet he was fit and healthy and after three days!!! They let me take him home. No one could believe he was home so quickly.

All the clothes that we had bought for a newborn had to be put away. But luckily I had good friends and family, and he soon had a wardrobe full of tiny baby clothes.

And just to finish on a great note - Michael, my son with Downs, the one who wasn't perfect, won a place at a Horticultural College, won two golds in the Special Olympics, finished college, got a job and then broke the news that him and his two friends were going to rent a house together.

They pay all their own bills, cook all the meals and do all the housework. They go on lots of holidays, have a fantastic social life. Mikey has a girlfriend, they both go to a drama school as well.

Mike is also in St. Johns Ambulance and although they are supervised, their carers will tell you that really all their job is to make sure the three lads are safe. So OK, Michael might have an extra chromosome, but you'd go a long way to find a lad who is thought so well of and achieved what he has, and never let's anything get him down.

He's the perfect one and the last laughs on me, for the normal childhood he received. He makes me so proud.

Anyway that's my story. Of course there's a lot more to it than I could type. Just remember there's nothing written in stone to predict what happens in life. So just enjoy it while you can. After all, my poor mum and dad had to bury my sister who died suddenly aged 36 years old, that's not supposed to happen - is it!?


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives
by Kathryn Lynard Soper (Author), Martha Sears (Foreword)

-- Having a baby with Down syndrome is not something most parents would willingly choose. Yet many who travel this path discover rich, unexpected rewards along the way.

In this candid and poignant collection of personal stories, sixty-three mothers describe the gifts of respect, strength, delight, perspective, and love, which their child with Down syndrome has brought into their lives.

The contributors to this collection have diverse personalities and perspectives, and draw from a wide spectrum of ethnicity, world views, and religious beliefs. Some are parenting within a traditional family structure; some are not.

Some never considered terminating their pregnancy; some struggled with the decision. Some were calm at the time of diagnosis; some were traumatized. Some write about their pregnancy and the months after giving birth; some reflect on years of experience with their child.

Their diverse experiences point to a common truth: The life of a child with Down syndrome is something to celebrate. These women have something to say--not just to other mothers but to all of us.

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Image: Mr and Mrs Ernodu with the baby. Photo: Sun News PublishingFor Mrs Bridget Erondu, a top civil servant in Abia State and wife of a former permanent secretary in one of the ministries in the state, when the prophecy came 10 years ago, during a child dedication service in her church that she was going to have a baby, she was not excited, but only said that God, let your will be done.

But as years rolled by with no sign of pregnancy and baby, she forgot about the prophecy and concentrated on the things she thought were more important than child bearing.

After all, she was not desperate having proved that she have the ability to reproduce as she already had a child, who had grown up and is in her third year in the university.

However, on February 20, 2012, Mrs Erondu true to that prophecy many years ago, and to her utter bewilderment, was delivered of a bouncing baby boy christened Nduka Kelechi Victor Erondu.

Baby Erondu came on the same day and date his elder sister, Ikonna Erondu was born.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on About2012
Read more: Woman, 52, delivers baby boy 19 years after first birth
Originally posted in April 11, 2012.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success, by Liza Charlesworth. Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2004)-
The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success
by Liza Charlesworth

-- Despite the fact that it is an expensive, complex, emotionally draining, and often last-ditch fertility treatment, there are now over 250,000 couples who consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) every year; more than 125,000 couples decide to undergo it.

While dry, clinical information is available, there is a gaping need for sisterly advice from someone who's been through the process herself.

From evaluating care and preparing for the complicated process to understanding egg retrieval and embryo transfer; from tips on taking medications and coping with hormonal surges to dealing with the emotional aspects of the grueling IVF process, Liza Charlesworth's The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization offers knowing, sensitive counsel.

Full of hard-won personal wisdom and the most up-to-date medical information explained in layman's terms, this invaluable guide is sure to become recommended reading for couples trying to conceive and their families alike.

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Image: Success Story – Rachel H.Rachel's friend wrote:
Just wanted to let you know how much help you have been to my dear friend Rachel (43 years old), who was desperate to become pregnant for over 5 years.

You can’t even imagine how much pain and sorrow she went through, how miserable she felt while many of her close friends were getting pregnant.

After years of tests and treatments including laparoscopy, her doctors advised her that IVF would probably be her only chance to have a baby.

She was overwhelmed and terrified of another failed pregnancy attempt, and on top of that a very expensive one.

I really wanted to help her to overcome her stress and get ready for IVF, but unfortunately I had no idea how to go about that.

That is when I happened across the Full Embrace IVF Success Program on the web and decided to suggest it to Rachel.

It was like a miracle come true to see her gain strength; your step by step program helped her like nothing else and it quickly became her guide she followed on the way to her successful IVF.

It was a great help to release all the stress surrounding the procedure. But, the very best thing is, she got the result she dreamed of for so many years!

I feel very happy for Rachel, whose son is 3 months old now! Thanks for taking the time to put together such a great program that helped my friend.

p.s. I am sending you a picture of Rachel and her son. She gave permission to use it for your website along with my letter as a testimonial.

-Rachel H., (North Carolina)

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF, by Rebecca Fett. Publisher: Franklin Fox Publishing LLC (March 25, 2014)-It Starts with the Egg:
How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF
by Rebecca Fett

-- Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or through IVF, the quality of your eggs will have a powerful impact on how long it takes you to get pregnant and whether you face an increased risk of miscarriage.

Poor egg quality is emerging as the single most important cause of age-related infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and failed IVF cycles. It is also a major contributor to infertility in PCOS.

Based on a comprehensive investigation of a vast array of scientific research, It Starts with the Egg reveals a groundbreaking new approach for improving egg quality and fertility.

With a concrete strategy that includes minimizing exposure to toxins such as BPA and phthalates, choosing the right vitamins and supplements to safeguard developing eggs, and harnessing nutritional advice shown to boost IVF success rates, this book offers practical solutions that will help you get pregnant faster and deliver a healthy baby.

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