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Having children in your 40s ordinary & common worldwide

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, January 06, 2006 | 0 comments

Contrary to current opinion, having children in your forties is ordinary and common worldwide. The Bible mentions several women having children in their fifties. What is unusual and unique to our time is having a first child in one's forties. Our mother's, mother's, mothers were having their fifth or eighth or tenth child when they were in their forties, not their first. If people tell you it just isn't done, close your eyes and call upon the spirit of your great-great-great-great grandmother, then smile and tell them it seems utterly ordinary to you


Hi, yes at 46 yrs - my first from natural pregnancy!, Here is my history:


I was 44 when I miscarried the first time at 8 weeks with no heartbeat and had a D & C. I did get pregnant almost 2 years later and now have a 3 year old. As for increasing chances of pregnancy.... well, I can't really answer that but I do know that the fact that you got pregnant at 45 is a good sign that you CAN get pregnant and may do so again!!!


FYI~ I've had my last two at 41 and 43 with two more pregnancies at 44 (with losses) My mom had her 10th child at 44. I know of three ladies at 47, 48 and 49 who have had healthy babies - they weren't even trying!


And I'll add to the list. My father-in-law's friend's wife had given birth to two children when she was in her fifties. One at 51 and the other at 53. This happened 30+ years ago, and both were conceived naturally. One of my sister's had her fourth at 43, which sounds young after reading your list. And an aunt had my cousin at 45


1,572 stories of Pregnancy & Birth over 44 years old!



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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