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My friend was born when his mother was 51.

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, March 20, 2006 | 0 comments

My great-grandmother was 46 when she had my grandmother in 1919. My friend (now in his 40's) was born when his mother was 51.


A friend of mine is pregnant, completely natural, and she is 44. I think the only reason you don't see very many 44 year old's pregnant is because there aren't very many 44 year olds trying to get pregnant. I think it's still possible.


Imagine my surprise and delight (followed closely by worry and abject terror about all the hurdles to be encountered) when I recently found out that, at 46 3/4 I was pregnant!


Anyhow, one friend told me that her mother, in her effort to TTC #2 (she had #1 as a teenager) suffered through 9 miscarriages and 2 stillborns, only to carry a beautiful baby girl (my friend) to term at 46. And this was with no medical intervention in the late 1960s.


I didn't, but my grandmother did. Her doctor was sure that she was going through menopause, her kids were all in college, she was in her late 40's. She had the last laugh, though when she proved the doctor wrong. Things haven't changed all that much over the years - women are still proving their doctors wrong! She wasn't on any HRT or anything, though. My mother was the surprise baby, the one that wasn't supposed to be.


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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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