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My friend conceived naturally at 46.

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, April 21, 2006 | 0 comments

My friend conceived naturally at 46. She had stopped using contraceptives years previously, as she'd never conceived, and she and her husband only had sex once a year. What she had been doing was studying shiatsu in Canada and therefore having shiatsu treatments regularly and had also been drinking a blood tonic from Shawla herbs in Canada which is also a fertility tonic.


In India and Africa women frequently have babies into their late 40's. In Chinese medicine 49 is the cut off date, yet Foresight had a woman of 53 who conceived naturally for her first child after years of trying.


Well, I was talking to one of the woman that I seen about 11 years ago and she mentioned something about her "three" kids. I said "wait a minute! The last time I seen you, you had one child and she was adopted. Did you adopt two more?" She laughed and said, "no!! I have always been told that I could not get pregnant. That is why we adopted. When she was two years old I got pregnant on my own! The doctor's said it would never happen again. Three years ago, at the age of 46, I had another child." I couldn't believe it because I remember the years of trying that she went through before finally adopting!!! She was laughing about it and some other women joined in with their own stories of "it would never happen, but it did" - either their own or someone they knew!


But let me add, if it means me getting some gray hair in order to get a BFP, then I'll take "um". Thinking too, one of my sisters conceived two of her children in her 40's and she was salt and pepper. So, I guess having some gray hair is a good thing!


One day, I drove to the field shoot with two other women and one of the teenage girls in the class. The 48 year old has a 3 year old son, conceived naturally at 45. The 16 year old piped up that her mother was 45 when she was born. (She's her mother's only child, though her father has two sons old enough to be her father.) The 48 year old asked if she ever felt bothered by her mother's age and she said no, almost as though that had never occurred to her. She's not the only kid in school with older parents and "that's just how my family is -- I never thought anything about it."

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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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