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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
Source: 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.

📚 Paperback: 124 pages
Click to order/for more info: How to Get Pregnant Fast
Image: Bonding, by StockSnap on Pixabay
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:
Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: Natural Ways to Improve Your Fertility Now and into Your 40s
by Aimee E. Raupp

-- The complete guide to getting pregnant and improving fertility naturally even if you've been told your chances of conception are low.

A nationally renowned women's health and fertility expert, Aimee Raupp has helped hundreds of women optimize their fertility and get pregnant, even after age 40.

Here, she provides her complete program for improving your chances of conceiving and overcoming infertility, including the most effective complementary and lifestyle approaches and the latest nutritional advice.

Her remedies help you how to get in tune with your body, eat the best fertility-enhancing foods, and avoid environmental toxins to achieve a healthy and stress-free pregnancy.

📚 Paperback: 248 pages
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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:
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.

📚 Hardcover: 208 pages
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Image: Justice Minister Rachida Dati gives birth at 43
January 13 2009 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy's unmarried Justice Minister Rachida Dati gives birth to a baby girl on Friday January 2, according to reports.

It was unknown who fathered Dati's child.

Smiling broadly, dressed to the nines and looking for all the world as if she had never been pregnant, 43-year-old French Justice Minister Rachida Dati returned to her high-profile job just five days after giving birth to baby Zohra.

She attended her first cabinet meeting since the birth of her daughter surrounded by a throng of television reporters and photographers.

Dati's life story of grit and determination has always fascinated the French press. One of 12 children of Algerian-Moroccan parents, who grew up in a gritty, French suburban housing project, Dati is a rare immigrant success story — and the very symbol of emancipation.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on NPR.org
Read more: Minister Sparks Maternity Leave Debate In France
Originally posted on January 13 2009.


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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.

📚 Paperback: 240 pages
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Image: Photo credit: Heather and Laila, by @joefoodie, on Flickr

Sandy, 49, Wichita, Kansas, US 
-- I find myself pregnant at 49 years old, my 50th birthday on the near horizon.

I have a son born in 1982 who is himself already the father of my 2-year-old grandson.

I have another son born in 1985. I re-married (a younger man) and had another son in 1996 after struggling with infertility.

I was surprised in 1996 to discover I was pregnant with another boy. I have joked for the past decade - I turned 40 and found out I was pregnant in the same week.

Now I find I will turn 50 pregnant. Un-planned.

Have you ever heard of such a thing?

Do 49-year-old women actually get pregnant without fertility boosts?

My periods have become less regular, but I still had them, and I know when I am ovulating.

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Dolores, 52, Savannah, Georgia, US 
-- I am currently pregnant with IVF [in-vitro fertilization] twins

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Stacey, 44, New Jersey, US 
-- My name is Stacy (first time Mom), and I naturally conceived and delivered a healthy baby boy September 2004 at 43 years of age.

I am now expecting another child April of 2006, again naturally conceived.

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You know the saying 'life is full of surprises' is true!

I did have an uncle whose wife was 50/51 years old when they had their 12th child - so I can only keep hoping and praying.

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Leslie, 45, Germany 
-- this is my third pregnancy in one year, all naturally conceived.

The first one was terminated in August 2004; it was in the tube and the tube had to be removed.

I was devastated, as I thought there is no way to become pregnant at 43/44 years old, with only one tube left.

The first time we tried again after the operation in December 2004, I fell pregnant again.

I could hardly believe it, but sadly enough it was not OK, I lost it in the 11th week.

I just did not want to give up, even though my spirits started to be very low indeed.

All the hormones up and down really affected my body. and I gained a lot of weight.

Anyway, after the pregnancy loss and operation on 4th of March, we tried again in May - and I fell pregnant straight away.

Now I am in the 18th week, and until now it looks very good and healthy.

I can even feel the baby kick.

So I think it is just as possible to become pregnant in the forties or even late forties.

Just do not give up!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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.

📚 Paperback: 304 pages
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Image: Bringing Up Babies (Cheryl Tiegs and her fraternal twin boys), on People.com
Everyone wants to talk about the twin babies born when Cheryl Tiegs was 53 years old (Date of Birth: Sept 25th, 1947) and the circumstances behind the surrogate pregnancy....

But did anyone realize she had a baby with her third husband Tony Peck? (Gregory Peck's son)....

A son named Zachary Peck was born October 1st, 1991, when Cheryl was 44 years old (just six days after her 44th birthday actually!)

So, she was blessed with being able to have a baby at 44 years old - naturally - many years before Donor Eggs were even available.

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Image: Mimi Rogers and son and daughter on Hollywood.com
Actress Mimi Rogers was born January 27th, 1956.

She has had two children with live-in partner Producer/director Chris Ciaffa.

She recently married him.

She has a daughter, Lucy Julia Rogers-Ciaffa born November 20th, 1995 -- when Mimi was 39 years and 10 months old.

She has a son, Charlie Rogers-Ciaffa, born July 30th, 2001 -- when Mimi was 45 years and 6 months old.

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Image: Christie Brinkley recalls tale of how she helped David Bowie and Iman conceive daughter after their pregnancy struggle, on Mirror.co.uk
Model/Actress Iman was born July 25th, 1955.

She had a daughter named Zuleka with her first husband Spencer Haywood.

The date of birth of this child is unknown, but she married her first husband in 1977, and this child is now an adult.

She married singer/actor David Bowie in April of 1992.

She gave birth to their first child together with David Bowie, a girl, Alexandria Zahra on August 15th, 2000 -- when Iman was 45 years old (about 3 weeks after her 45th birthday actually).


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
40 and Pregnant!: What to expect when you are having your first child and are at (or near) the age of 40
by Dena Kennedy

-- This is a book for women who are at or near the age of 40 and pregnant for the first time.

This book explains many things that happen to a woman, her body and her mind when having children later in life.

It is also helpful to anyone who is pregnant or just recently had a baby.

About the Author: I am a mother of two and a full-time legal secretary for a high profile law firm. Trying to juggle family life and a career at the same time can be difficult.

I would like to share with you what to expect when you are ... 40 and Pregnant!

📚 Paperback: 138 pages
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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.

📚 Paperback: 320 pages
Click to order/for more info: The Infertility Cure
Image: the mother of Pop-singer Sarah Connor brought twins to the world

Dorsi wrote on the Pregnancy after 50 site:

the story attached was in German -
the twins are their child nr5+nr6 - and it is nothing more said than that the mother was very happy about the healthy babes and her strong wish was fulfilled. I read it in YAHOO Germany, Soraya Lewe-Tacke the woman's name.
München (AFP) - Die Mutter von Popsängerin Sarah Connor hat Zwillinge zur Welt gebracht. Wie die Bild-Zeitung berichtet, bekam die 50-jährige Soraya Lewe-Tacke im Universitätsklinikum Eppendorf in Hamburg zwei gesunde Jungen. Soraya und ich sind überglücklich, sagte ihr Ehemann Jürgen Tacke dem Blatt. Die Kinder seien zwei Wunschbabys, die Krönung unseres gemeinsamen Glücks. Dem Bericht zufolge war auch der Pop-Star bei der Geburt im Kreißsaal dabei.

(Poor English translation - thanks to Babel Fish)
Munich (AFP) - the mother of Pop-singer Sarah Connor brought twins to the world. As Bild - Newspaper reported, got the 50-year old Soraya Lewe Tacke in the university clinic Eppendorf in Hamburg two healthy boys. Soraya and I are overjoyed, her husband Jürgen Tacke said to the sheet. The children are two desired babies, the coronation/culmination of our common Glücks. According to the report also the Pop star participated in the birth in the Kreißsaal.

I also found this:

March 2008 - Sarah Connor's mother Soraya, 50, has confirmed to Bild newspaper she's expecting twins! She's five months pregnant for her second husband, plastic surgeon Jürgen Tacke, 47. Soraya already has six children, aged 11 to 27 and Jürgen has an 11-year-old daughter. Soraya also told Bild that Sarah was surprised to hear the news and she's already shopping baby stuff.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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.

📚 Paperback: 336 pages
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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 | Paperback: 368 pages | by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer. Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Revised Edition edition (March 13, 1998)
The Long-Awaited Stork
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.

📚 Paperback: 368 pages
Click to order/for more info: The Long-Awaited Stork

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