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Biggest surprise of her life - pregnant at 51y!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, August 17, 2018 | 0 comments

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When the symptoms first hit Morgan Zantua more than a year ago, she assumed they signaled menopause.

Or just plain exhaustion.

At 51 years old, she was busy carving out a new career, trying to finish graduate school and juggling several part-time jobs.

When she and her husband George, then 57 years old, had time to catch their breath, they sometimes allowed themselves to dream of selling their remodeled Fern Hill home and traveling around the world.

Instead of the expected transition into the end of her reproductive years, Zantua was headed for the biggest surprise of her life.

Medical tests confirmed she was pregnant.


Dr. Hamisu M. Salihu and colleagues from the University of Alabama at Birmingham write:

There is a lack of reliable information on pregnant women in their fifties, Salihu told Reuters Health.

He and his colleagues reviewed all 12,066,854 deliveries in the U.S. between 1997 and 1999, categorizing mothers as young (age 20-29), mature (age 30-39), very mature (age 40 to 49), and older (age 50 or more).

There were 539 deliveries in the older group.


Last week a woman, age 54 years old, gave birth to triplets.

No fertility drugs. No in-vitro fertilization.

It shook up the world since this woman already had eight children (the youngest 16) and 15 grandchildren.


On the other hand, my mum had seven children after age 35, and her last at 48 years old (all the while trying not to have more children) so you never know.

Image: Stay Fertile Longer: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant Now--Or Whenever You're Ready, by Mary Kittel and Deborah Metzger. Publisher: Rodale Books (August 26, 2004)Stay Fertile Longer: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant Now--Or Whenever You're Ready
by Mary Kittel and Deborah Metzger

-- Many women today dream of having it all -- a challenging career, a satisfying personal life, a loving mate, and a baby whenever they are ready.

But there's no denying the fact that their biological clocks are ticking away.

The odds of conceiving drop by 15 to 20 percent for a woman in her early 30's and plummet to less than 50 percent when she's in her 40s.

The good news is there are a host of natural strategies every would-be mom can use today to preserve and optimize her fertility so she can conceive quickly and easily when she's ready.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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