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Healthy first pregnancy, normal delivery at age 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, May 16, 2006 | 0 comments

I was fortunate enough to live a naturally healthy lifestyle and was able to conceive naturally and have a healthy first pregnancy and normal delivery at age 45. Our daughter is a delightful, healthy, intelligent and beautiful 4 year old who is very much loved and cherished.


Syliva Ann Hewitt has written a controversial book called Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children. Hewitt herself was 50-something when she had her last child.


I had my first and only son when I was 44 thanks to IVF (it worked the very first time). Perhaps because my husband is a good 10 years younger I don't feel the weight of being an older mom and because I am very young at heart I have no problems whatsoever.


Giving birth after age 50 is not new. My grandmother started her family of 8 children when she was 38 years old and had two of the babies after age 50. From all accounts, she was a wonderful nurturing mother and raised happy healthy family. She lived well into her 90's and was self reliant until a year or so before her death. If she could do this, than why not other women?


My mom was 46 when she had me. My parents were great and I wouldn't have changed them for the world.


2,170 stories of Pregnancy & Birth over 44 years old!



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 that 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 that there will be no more babies in our house.

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