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Pregnant at age 44 with second child

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, January 30, 2006 | 0 comments

When Leslie Ann Ostyn of Grant, Michigan, USA told her husband that she was pregnant at age 44 with the second child they had awaited for 18 years, his first statement was, "We are not going to have any friends!" In fact, Leslie Ann finds in her interactions with young mothers, "I am frequently called on to give the 'grandmother' perspective. I know I am helpful but it doesn't fulfill me and makes me feel pressured to be perfect."


"My experience with my other children gave me the confidence to know I could completely breastfeed this child and not to give up," states Nan Vollette, a 48-year-old grandmother of three in Hampton, Virginia, USA who is nursing her sixth child.


My great-grandmother had a baby at 48, back in the "old days", when doctor's were not as knowledgeable as they are today. Don't give up.


Then miraculously I missed my next period (without using Clomid) and am now in my 6th week, scheduled to have my 1st sono next Tues. For those of you who've ridden this roller coaster, I am so excited, but also afraid to allow myself to become attached to the thought of having another baby. I am aware that at my age (now 45) the chances of suffering another miscarriage are great, notwithstanding the absence of such symptoms. However, I try to convince myself that since I've already had two, I should beat the odds now.


I am 12 1/2 weeks pregnant on a IVF. I am 44 and did a joint cycle where they put all (4) of my eggs and 2 of a donors in at transfer. I am nervous every appointment, hoping nothing will go wrong. It is really hard to believe at this point. This is #1 for [my husband] and I.


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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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