I met Art at my church. He was in his late 30's at the time and he introduced me to his two siblings, a man and a woman who were in their late 50's. I made a comment about the big age difference and he went on to tell me that when his mother was 45 years old, and thinking she was well past child bearing age, she went to the doctor because she thought she had an abdominal tumour....turned out she was over six months pregnant and Art was the "tumour" as he put it.
I had a tag sale over the weekend. A woman in her 50's who lives down the street came over. Even though she was my neighbour for well over a year I never had a chance to talk with her before. We got talking about our children, and she told me all of her children were grown "except him" she said as she motioned to her 10 year old son riding his bike on the road a few yards away from us. She then went on to tell me that when she was 46 she had the surprise of her life, finding out she was pregnant and then having her son.
I just joined [ttc over40 list] and was feeling depressed because I am now 49 and wondering if there is any hope for me even though I have not had any menopause symptoms. The first person I met was Liz who is also 49 and several months pregnant. She said the pregnancy was a complete surprise. She was out to dinner with her partner one evening and became ill. She was rushed to the emergency room because it was believed she had contracted food poisoning. Someone in the ER started asking her when she had her lmp and then proceeded to do a pregnancy test, which was positive. Although the pregnancy was not planned, she says she and her partner are thrilled to be having this baby who will be born around her 50th birthday. This has given me so much hope.
Mary is a friend of my mother. She has a large family, her 11th child was born when she was 43 and she thought that little girl would be her last one. When she was 47 she missed several periods and thought it was the onset of menopause. As it turned out she was pregnant and had another baby girl, completely healthy and born at home. She says that last birth was the easiest of all her deliveries too.
I know someone who just gave birth to twins at age 49. She and her husband had tried everything for years, and had adopted a little boy a while back. They decided to give up and just be content with their grade-school child when she turned up pregnant and delivered healthy twins after a normal pregnancy. I don't know her well enough to call her and ask questions, but this is what I've heard thru the grapevine.