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It is the spring of 1999, and 44-year-old Alice Eve Cohen is deliriously happy.

She is raising Julia, her 8-year-old adopted daughter, she is dating a wonderful man and has a thriving career as a playwright and theater artist.

And then one day in early April, she awakens with an upset stomach.

The nausea never abates, and over the course of the next several months, Alice gains a host of new symptoms, which her gynecologist diagnoses as early menopause, her gastroenterologist as anemia and reflux, and her general practitioner as a tumor.

It is only later, during a CAT scan, that it is accidentally discovered that she is 26 weeks pregnant.

And so begins Alice’s difficult journey in trying to figure out how to proceed.

Especially since she has not received any prenatal care, has been taking prescription medication and synthetic hormones known to cause birth defects is a high-risk pregnancy and has to deal with an insurance company that offers little coverage or help.

Cohen offers her perspective on the medical system, motherhood and what it means to be a family in today's society while providing an honest, entertaining and captivating narrative.

She pulls no punches and candidly opens herself to readers, despite how she may appear or be judged.

This is a fast-paced memoir that will preoccupy readers’ thoughts long after the last page has been read.

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Originally posted on December 25, 2009



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 that 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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Oxford woman, 56 years old, is ready to deliver on a promise to her husband.

Donna Broderick-Reich and her husband, J.R. Reich, are excited about the baby she will deliver in just a few weeks.

She is 56 years old and conceived by having an egg from her daughter, fertilized with her husband's sperm implanted.

She has six other children who are mostly adults.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Ocala.com
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Originally posted on February 18, 2009.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Eat, Love, Get Pregnant: A Couple's Guide To Boosting Fertility and Having A Healthy Baby, by Karen Daniels. Publication Date: July 29, 2011Eat, Love, Get Pregnant: A Couple's Guide To Boosting Fertility and Having A Healthy Baby
by Karen Daniels

-- A breakthrough revolutionary plan for getting pregnant fast, solving common fertility problems and having a healthy baby – this is NOT your average book on getting pregnant!

Renowned fertility expert Dr. Niels Lauersen and women’s wellness expert Colette Bouchez help readers take charge of their fertility with a revolutionary new self-help plan designed to show couples how to work together to boost their conception odds, plan for a healthy pregnancy, and get pregnant faster – all without the use of expensive fertility treatments or medications.

Based on scientific research and tested on thousands of couples Eat-Love- GET PREGNANT is a simple yet revolutionary plan that provides the quintessential missing link absent from most other fertility programs – namely, the importance of not only boosting both male and female fertility simultaneously, but bold new evidence showing how, when couples work together in certain special and unique ways, they can create a unified fertility power boost strong enough to take them from infertile to fertile in as little as three months

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April 15, 2002 -- Two weeks shy of her 47th birthday and eight weeks from giving birth, April Nolan is competing in the Boston Marathon.

Despite urgings from friends and family to skip the prestigious race, at mid-afternoon Nolan was on pace to finish the 26.2 miles in 6 hours, 46 minutes.

She planned to walk about 75 percent of the way, running only the downhill stretches.

Nolan, who lives in the Syracuse suburb of Camillus, said she had clearance from her doctor and had spoken with marathon officials, who allowed her in the race.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Boston.com
Read more: 46, pregnant and in the Boston Marathon
Originally posted on April 15, 2002



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 percent of couples undergoing fertility treatment are currently unsuccessful.

Writing with humor 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: Robin Brussel holds her 5-week-old son, Noah Brussel, as she checks on her 4-month-old granddaughter, Joey Fowler Holmes. Robin was caring for the pair at her home in Labadie
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January 19, 2012 -- Becoming pregnant at age 47 wasn't a worry for Robin Brussel.

I enjoyed every minute of being pregnant, she said.

Still, it was a surprise.

I thought I was going through pre-menopause, she said. It just happened.

Brussel, now 48 years old, gave birth in December to a 6-pound, 10-ounce boy named Noah she carried for 39 weeks.

He was a cesarean birth, as were her four older children, ages 18 to 28.

Noah was the first child born to her and her husband, Mark Brussel, who was 56 years old.

They have been married for nearly four years.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on STLtoday.com
Read more: Pregnant at 47? She enjoyed every minute
Originally posted on January 19, 2012.


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

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

In 2005, ten times as many women had their first child between the ages of 35 and 39 as of 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 a 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 for many women today, waiting for family works best.

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

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Image: 59-year-old Woman Gives Birth To Triplets
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A 59-year-old woman in France gave birth to triplets after going abroad to get donated eggs.

The woman gave birth last weekend by Caesarean section.

The Paris public hospital network says the triplets are two boys and a girl, weighed between 2.09-kg and 2.4-kg and measured between 46-cm and 47-cm.

However, the identity of the woman was kept as a secret, because the official at the Paris hospital network was not authorized to give more information about the mother and the newborn babies.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on FunkyDowntown.com
Read more: France: Woman, 59, is oldest mother of triplets
Originally posted on May 5, 2010.


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Image: Green Tea in the Woman's World - Green Tea and Fertility, by Vida C. Marcele. Publication Date: February 22, 2012Green Tea in the Woman's World - Green Tea and Fertility
by Vida C. Marcele

-- Water is the number one drink in the world, but tea is the second most popular. At the rate that green tea is going, it may become the most often drunk of all the teas.

The antioxidants that green tea provides have helped increase the popularity of green tea in North America, and around the world.

New studies of the medicinal benefits of green tea, and a focus in American society on being healthier and fighting obesity has led to a surge in popularity of green tea.

In addition, the aging baby boomers are focusing on being healthy later in life and looking for ways to prevent common health problems like heart disease and cancer.

Today the question is: what is green tea's role in the woman's world?

What does green tea do for fertility levels?

Should a pregnant woman drink more green tea in order to be healthier during the term of the pregnancy?

What about when she is breastfeeding?

Length: 17 pages

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Image: Mum-to-be Carole Hobson: I'm just looking forward to meeting my babies
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At 29 weeks pregnant with twins, Carole Hobson is — like most expectant first-time mothers — a mixture of ­nervous excitement and apprehension.

This, she admits, has been a difficult pregnancy, and it will be a relief when her babies are born, hopefully, healthy and well.

Carole has suffered severe morning sickness, painful swelling of her legs and, most recently, dangerously high blood pressure.

This week she was hospitalized for five days, and she has been warned by medical staff the twins — not due until February 23 — could arrive any day.

She has been injected with steroids to help her babies' lungs mature if they emerge ­prematurely, and she is taking medication to lower her blood pressure in the hope that she can carry them to 34 weeks when doctors plan a Cesarean delivery.

The risk to her own health is, however, one she is fully prepared to take in order to realize her dream of having children; a dream that has so far cost her more than £20,000.

But that is by no means the most surprising part of the story. For Carole is 58 years old — an age when most women are well past the menopause.

And she is single. Her twins, a boy and a girl, have no genetic link to her whatsoever. They were conceived using donor eggs and sperm.
This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Dailymail.co.uk
Read more: I'm 58... and having twins: Single ex-barrister spent years trying to have a baby and now she's pregnant, thanks to donor sperm and eggs
Originally posted on December 11th, 2010.



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant, by Jorge Chavarro, Walter Willett, Patrick Skerrett. Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
by Jorge Chavarro, Walter Willett, Patrick Skerrett

-- Reveals startling new research from the landmark Nurses' Health Study, which shows that the food you eat can boost your fertility.

The book prescribes ten simple changes in diet and activity that can increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Groundbreaking findings into changes you can put into practice today, setting the stage for a healthy pregnancy and forming the foundation for an eating strategy that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

The Fertility Diet also offers a week's worth of meal plans and delicious recipes that will make following the guidelines easy and tasty.

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Image: Jane Kaczmarek, the screaming mom on Malcolm in the Middle, just had a child last fall
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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. 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.



Image: Dad quits breast milk diet, donates stash to quadruplets
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Fiona said she can't produce enough of her own milk to feed two baby boys and two baby girls, and needs another 60 ounces a day — or 420 ounces a week.

The infants, born in June at 33 weeks and weighing about 3.5 pounds each, are doing well.

But one daughter developed a serious digestive disorder common to premature babies, which has already resulted in one surgery and will require another.

She cannot tolerate formula.

And Fiona is determined all four babies continue to consume only breast milk, because of its antibodies and nutrients.

I just feel these guys were so far behind the 8-ball already, they had so much catching up to do, and to me it's the least I can do, said Fiona. I owe it to them.

And she doesn't exactly have a lot of spare time. The 45-year-old mom also has two older children, ages 4 and 22 months. This new supply of several thousand ounces has eased the pressure.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on TheStar.com
Read more: Dad quits breast milk diet, donates stash to quadruplets
Originally posted on September 26, 2011.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank, by Evelina W Sterling, Angie Best-Boss. Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (March 17, 2009)
Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank
by Evelina W Sterling, Angie Best-Boss

-- Having a baby can be one of the most wonderful times of your life -- but if you need help to conceive, it can swiftly become a staggeringly expensive undertaking.

With the average cost of infertility treatments ranging from $35,000 to $85,000 in the United States (most of which is not covered by insurance companies), many women and couples find themselves having to make difficult choices about building their families.

Getting a grip on your finances is one of the few things you can do to regain control of this process.

Infertility experts Evelina Weidman Sterling and Angie Best-Boss have created the ultimate guide to ensuring the most cost-effective care with the highest chances for success.

With anecdotes, interviews, and advice from both doctors and patients, you can easily apply these specific money-saving strategies to your own unique situation.

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At 47 years old, Luisa Dillner has four children she adores – the eldest is 21 years old.

And now she's pregnant with her fifth child, the last thing she expected at her time of life.

First of all, my belt becomes tight.

My low-carb diet has been working a treat, so I am surprised and disappointed.

I recap how much I've eaten over the past week.

Then I start going off alcohol.

In a big way, because alcohol now has an unpleasant, metallic taste.

My partner notices, as I can't help noticing, I haven't had a period for a while.

Sweetly he puts an arm round me.

Maybe you're having an early menopause, he muses.
Don't worry, you'll be all right.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Guardian.co.uk
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Originally posted on October 24th, 2009.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy After 40: 40 Things No One Told You About Being Pregnant Over 40 (Pregnancy Plan Series), by Jill Conrad, Pregnancy Support Institute. Publisher: Pregnancy Tips (August 14, 2012)Pregnancy After 40: 40 Things No One Told You About Being Pregnant Over 40 (Pregnancy Plan Series)
by Jill Conrad, Pregnancy Support Institute

-- So you're over 40, and you've decided to get pregnant. You are not alone.

A growing number of women are waiting to have a baby until they are over 40.
This book will reveal:

♥ How you can have a healthy baby in your forties (in spite of all the warnings).
♥ What the biggest risks are and what you can do about them (it may not be as bad as you think)
♥ The 3 most important things you can do to have a healthy baby after 40 (you might already be doing some of them)
♥ Why older mothers often make better parents (the surprising reason)
♥ The one thing you should do every night to keep you fertile and able to conceive naturally (it takes 5 minutes)
…and Much More!

So get started and discover how to have the safest pregnancy and the healthiest baby when you are over 40 and pregnant.

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