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I'm 46, having my baby in October

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, May 03, 2006 | 0 comments


I'm 46 and will be having my baby in late Oct. My others are 22, 17 and 19 months, all conceived naturally. I know it's rare but it can happen. I truly believe it would be happening much more often if not for the fact that so many women (and men) have been "fixed", it alters the statistics of probability. I am very curious to know the statistics of conception post 45, when birth control isn't a factor in the comparative population.

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There is an excellent book you must obtain called A Pregnancy Diary by Mary Arnold (published by Ignatius Press). Mary was over 40 & experiencing infertility --- had been for years. She did eventually conceive -- had a baby at 42 I believe, & another baby at 45 -- all naturally.


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Also, an African friend of mine says that in his country (Cameroon), it is very common for women to continue to bear children way into their 40s and 50s --- naturally. His own mother continued to reproduce until she was about 50 years old.

I asked my friend what did he attribute that to: older women naturally conceiving 10-15 years past the average time for US women.... He says that he attributes their excellent reproduction mainly to nutrition! Their foods are organic, not processed like ours, hardly any sugar/salt, no preservatives/additives in foods, no chemicals (i.e. like the strange chemical Nutrasweet we guzzle in the US), no guzzling pop, etc. etc. Also, he says that their level of stress is different from ours....simple village country living....

Finally, he says that all women there know about their fertile biological markers---a lot of American women do not know much about their reproductive systems (i.e. cervix, mucus changes, ovulation changes, etc..) So, they know when to avoid AND to achieve pregnancies in their cycles!

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My secretary at work was born when her mother was 48-years-old. She refers to herself as a "change of life baby."

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I'm 47 and just found out I'm pregnant for the first time. I haven't told my husband. He is happy with his older kids from a previous marriage (as am I, they are great) and prefers no more.

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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 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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