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His wife was 45 & will deliver at 46.

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, January 27, 2006 | 0 comments

I was talking to a client, who explained that him and his wife were having a baby. I said... very cool. He further told me he was 47 and his wife was 45 and will deliver at 46. I took this as a huge sign that positive things are yet to come for all of us.


I had no idea that suddenly I would no longer be able to become pregnant, when four times previously, I got pregnancy exactly when I wanted to, and even when I did not intend to! I wish my doctor had told me that because of my advanced age (46) I might need to work with a reproductive endocrinologist or fertility clinic. We finally did just that and conceived our precious twins.


Ann Conlon-Smith, a mother in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA who lost a lot of blood after her caesarean delivery of twins at the age of 47, found herself with a low milk supply that lagged for three months. "It was an awful time and I was terrified-I didn't know if I was 'too old to breastfeed' or just what had happened." Determined for her twins to receive no less than their singleton siblings did, Ann persevered and her milk supply did improve.


The impact that a caesarean birth has on establishing breastfeeding differs from one older mother to another. "The pain during the early weeks made responding to this baby slower and more difficult," states Patty Spanjer, a 51-year-old mother from Dalton, Georgia, USA who is currently breastfeeding her fifth child, the only one to whom she gave birth through caesarean section.


"Eat a healthy diet and guard your rest for the first three years," was the sage advice that Leslie Ann Ostyn followed after the caesarean delivery of her second child when she was almost 47. Though recovery was more difficult compared to how she felt after the vaginal birth of her first child, she found,
"I was quicker to listen to my own body and knew I would and could take it easy being a new mother. I had come to accept that a baby will change your lifestyle and that is okay."


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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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