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Not so long ago, women had babies very late in life

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, February 10, 2006 | 0 comments

Not so long ago (our grandparents generation-ish) women had babies very late in life and no-one was concerned with infertility issues (associated with age), it's just now in our time the medical world is telling us it's not very likely to happen as you get older.


I met a woman in the playground yesterday who conceived very quickly at 43. I got to see her 19 day old baby boy (swoon) oh and then I know someone who's mom got pregnant for the first time at 40, then had a total of 5 kids (no twins).


At 45 I decided I wanted a baby. I got pregnant at 45-1/2, with very little intercourse. I had an uneventful pregnancy with no nausea, and I was only tired for an hour or so on two occasions. I had a natural vaginal delivery and my son is perfect.


You can definitely put mine on the Success side. I was 45. My first and at that time, only, daughter was 21 - years, not months, and on her own. I got pregnant on an "oops." I'm sure the fact that I wanted very much to have another child was helpful.


By the way, I got pregnant at 42.5 and am now almost 45.


In general, is it possible to be pregnant at almost 47?

Yes! One of my favourite sayings is "it ain't over 'til it's over" and until you have not had a period for an entire year, you have not reached menopause and it is very possible to get pregnant. We know that a woman's cycles begin to slow down and change once she reaches 40 but as long as she is still cycling, she is still generally fertile and capable of achieving pregnancy.


As long as you are ovulating, no matter if you are in your 50’s you are able to get pregnant. Also, to be “diagnosed” with menopause your menstrual period must be absent for whole 12 consecutive months.


I'm 8 weeks pregnant at 46 years old. Two very good ultrasounds showing good growth - and I'm still visited by thoughts of potential loss - and keeping my heart and mind open to all possibilities while sending "Junior" all the positive strokes I can!




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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