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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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Image: In the dialysis ward

August 18, 2012 -- Dialysis and pregnancy rarely go hand in hand, but Kurla resident Sharifa Sheikh has pulled off the impossible by giving birth to her third child a fortnight back.

I thought I was putting on weight and was shocked when the doctor told me that I was 24 weeks pregnant, said the 42-year-old Sharifa, who also has two daughters.

What made it difficult for her to accept the situation was the fact that she had tried to get pregnant right after the birth of her second daughter who is now 12 years old but in vain.

Moreover, we have a 16-year-old daughter, said her 44-year-old husband, Mohammed Arif Sheikh, a driver who has been out of a job for the last three months and had to borrow heavily for his accidental baby.

The boy, born in Kohinoor Hospital, Kurla, on July 31, is, in fact, a medical marvel.

It is extremely rare for a woman on dialysis to get pregnant, said nephrologist Aseem Thamba, who has been Sharifa's doctor since she was detected with kidney failure in 2005.

Usually, women with kidney failure are past their reproductive age.

Even if they are not, the fluctuations in hormones due to their disease is so immense that it's difficult to conceive.

Read more: 42-yr-old woman on dialysis pulls off rare pregnancy


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health, by Toni Weschler. Publisher: Collins; 10th anniversary edition (October 31, 2006)Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition:
The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
by Toni Weschler

-- For any woman unhappy with her current method of birth control; demoralized by her quest to have a baby, or experiencing confusing symptoms in her cycle, this book provides answers to all these questions, plus amazing insights into a woman's body.

Weschler thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple minutes a day allows a woman to:
• Enjoy highly effective, scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices
• Maximize her chances of conception or expedite fertility treatment by identifying impediments to conception
• Increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of her baby
• Gain control of her sexual and gynecological health

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I wanted to thank you for this wonderful program!

After years of trying to conceive and a failed IVF [InVitro Fetilization] and a failed FET [frozen embryo transfer], I ordered the Pregnancy Miracle book, by Lisa Olsen.

According to my infertility doctor, it was very unlikely that I could become pregnant with my own eggs.

But here I am, pregnant for the first time in my life.

I got pregnant naturally just two months after my failed FET, and after following the Pregnancy Miracle plan.

I am now seven months pregnant (see photo above).

I am spreading this miracle story to whomever I meet and who suffers from infertility.

Kind regards and thank you, Lisa!

-- Martha Francis, July 2009 (UK)

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Image: The Sperm Meets Egg Plan: Getting Pregnant Faster, by Deanna Roy. Published: Casey Shay Press (October 9, 2012)The Sperm Meets Egg Plan: Getting Pregnant Faster
by Deanna Roy
-- The Sperm Meets Egg Plan is a step-by-step guide to achieving pregnancy without taking invasive tests, charting temperatures, or making mistakes in predicting your ovulation that result in mistimed attempts at fertilization.

Designed by Deanna Roy after months of trying made her believe she had a fertility problem, the plan will help you time intercourse whether you have a typical or atypical cycle.

It includes adjustments for common fertility problems, what to do if you are over forty, and considerations for trying again after a pregnancy loss.

This booklet includes 40 pages of instruction plus a 10-page sneak peek of Deanna's book Baby Dust. It should be a free download.

This FREE booklet is a THANK YOU to all the women who have supported Deanna's web site since the loss of her first baby in 1998.

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Image: Jacqueline Gold, pregnant at 48
Photo credit: MARTIN POPE / Telegraph.co.uk - All rights reserved
Jacqueline Gold likes to joke she has lived her whole life backwards.

At 48 years old, at the peak of an enormously successful career – she is CEO of Gold Group International (which owns Ann Summers) and one of the most powerful women in British retailing.

She is about to fulfill a dream she put on hold as a young woman.

Finally, at an age when most women are approaching menopause, Jacqueline is settling into her first pregnancy.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Telegraph.co.uk
Read more: Jacqueline Gold: I'm just so lucky to be pregnant at 48
Originally posted on January 12, 2009.


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Image: IVF: A Patient's Guide, by Rebecca Matthews. Publisher: lulu.com (February 7, 2011)IVF: A Patient's Guide
by Rebecca Matthews

-- The perfect companion book for anyone considering or currently undergoing fertility treatment.

Reduce your stress and improve your chance of success by arming yourself with the facts.

Written by a respected, caring and practicing expert in the field, not a patient!

Inside these pages, you'll get answers to the most common questions, but even better, get answers to the critical questions not asked often enough; some could even save the life of your baby.

Understand the most up-to-date, cutting-edge techniques utilized in IVF and genetic testing.

See exactly what happens under the microscope.

Learn how to choose the very best clinic and what, exactly, you should be asking your doctor.

Follow specific case studies and hear from a variety of patients in their own words as well.

Packed with charts, tables, graphs and photos, this easy to navigate guide is the next best thing to having a best friend in the field of reproductive medicine.

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Image: Two baby headbutt, by lisatozzi, on Flickr

A quadruplet pregnancy occurred in a woman 51 years of age following oocyte donation and embryo transfer.

Successful pregnancy occurred following two previously unsuccessful attempts.

The patient underwent a selective reduction of her pregnancy to two fetuses at approximately 13 weeks gestational age.

Her pregnancy continued uneventfully and she underwent the delivery of two viable infants at 38 weeks gestational age by Caesarean section.

This case represents the first quadruplet pregnancy to be established in a woman of 50 years of age or older.

It illustrates both the benefits and risks of oocyte donation to women of advanced reproductive age.
This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Oxfordjournals.org
Read the abstract: Quadruplet pregnancy in a 51-year-old menopausal woman following oocyte donation
Originally posted on May 28, 1993


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Image: Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation, by Ellen Sarasohn, Evelina Weidman Sterling. Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (January 15, 2012)Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation
by Ellen Sarasohn, Evelina Weidman Sterling

-- A comprehensive book for people considering parenthood through donated ova, and those supporting them.

It takes readers through the decision-making process, focusing on questions they are likely to be asking themselves, including: Are we candidates for egg donation? Will it work?

How much does it cost? How do we find a donor?

How do we talk about our decision with others? How will we tell our children? Ethical questions related to egg donation are also examined:

Can a donor truly have informed consent Is it ethically correct for donors to receive payment, and, if so, is the payment for time and effort or for their eggs?

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Image: Monaco's Princess Caroline pregnant at 49
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Jan 27, 2006 - Monaco's Princess Caroline is reportedly pregnant again - at the age of 49.

The new baby will be the princess' second with her third husband, Prince Ernst of Hanover.

Caroline, the daughter of film icon Grace Kelly, already has four children, aged from six to 21 years old.
This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on MonstersandCritics.com
Read more: Monaco's Princess Caroline reportedly pregnant at 49
Originally posted on January 27, 2006


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Image: Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest For Children, by Sylvia Hewlett. Publisher: Miramax; 1 edition (April 10, 2002)Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest For Children
by Sylvia Hewlett

-- A survey, undertaken specially for this book, shows that 40% of women earning $50,000 or more a year are childless at age 45.

So why is the age-old business of having babies so very elusive for this generation of high-achieving women?

Why is it that all the new power and prestige do not translate into easier choices on the family front?

It seems that women can be astronauts, CEOs, Secretaries of State, but increasingly, they cannot be mothers.

Sylvia Hewlett's powerful book looks at the hard and disturbing facts and goes on to advocate a new way of approaching the question of motherhood vs. career for a new generation of women.

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Image: Pregnant Woman makes Heart, by StockSnap on PixabayI just decided I'd give you some positives.

I am 44 years old and have a 7-month-old son, a 3-year-old son, a 4-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter.

I also was pregnant three additional times (between the birth of the 3-year-old and my most recent addition), but lost them due to miscarriage (all flukes, at different stages of development).

All children were conceived on the first or second attempt; all pregnancies were easy without complication; all births also without complication. The risks are so overstated.

Yes, they exist and yes, they are greater than at a younger age, but the increase is not dramatic and the odds are still very much in your favor of having a baby that is happy, healthy and wise!

Even though it may sound impossible, it's entirely probable to get pregnant during menopause - although the chances of a woman getting pregnant are decidedly slimmer during middle age compared to during her 20s and 30s.

Egg production naturally decreases by 50-percent by the time most women reach the age of 40. The percentage continues to decline every year after.

Yet, women are not completely infertile until menstruation has stopped for 12 months straight.

In fact, almost 70-percent of women between the ages of 40- and 44-years old ovulate regularly during the perimenopause stage.

In fact, about half of perimenopausal women between the ages of 40- and 49-years of age don't use any contraception, which results in more than 60-percent of unplanned pregnancies and abortions in women over 40.

There you have it - it is possible to become pregnant during menopause!

So if you don't want to become pregnant, continue using a reliable birth control method.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Birth Begins at Forty: Challenging the Myths of Late Motherhood, by Corinne Sweet (Author). Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton (June 1, 2001)
Birth Begins at Forty: Challenging the Myths of Late Motherhood
by Elizabeth Gregory

-- More and more women are giving birth in their forties, and for some, it will be their first baby.

What was unusual is now becoming quite common, yet little has been written on this dramatic shift.

This book tells all and is the result of honest and revealing interviews.

The book covers a range of topics, including the trend to late parenthood; how do you decide?; how easy is it?; the risks and differences with late motherhood; combating age prejudice; getting life back on track; having another baby; fathers over 40; and the benefits and delights.

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