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My neighbour is pregnant with her 1st child at 56

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, May 24, 2006 | 0 comments

I have a neighbour who is pregnant with her first child at 56... so it can happen. I know this is no guarantee, but her parents and grandparents all lived into their 90's (her mother is still alive and kicking) So they felt safe in "being there" for the child for quite a while. So far, all tests have been done and the pregnancy is progressing nicely.


My aunt had her 5th child at 49, but that would really scare me today.


The woman got married at age 39, had 4 babies by the time she was 46 (40, 42, 44 & 46) and was ttc # 5.


My mother had me in her late 40's and I was quite a surprise as she had gone through menopause for a year when she got pregnant. My brothers were in their 20's when I came along. It is unusual, but I'm glad it happened. I married an older man and we have 2 children and my mother lived until her 80's.


I just heard on the National News how it is more common now for women over 50 to become pregnant. It is a great relief for me to hear this because I just turned 50, and in my 23rd week of pregnancy with my 4th child.


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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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