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Her grandmother had a baby by accident at age 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, June 08, 2006 | 0 comments

I coped with my loss well, sustained by a positive attitude -- until a month later when a relative (who is a recent medical school graduate) blurted: "You're crazy! It's nearly impossible for someone over 42 to conceive and successfully carry to term."

Devastated, but determined to prove her wrong, I became a mid-life pregnancy success-story junkie -- the most dramatic story being that of an acquaintance's mother who between ages 40-48 gave birth to five healthy children. I signed onto the Internet newsgroup, alt.infertility, and received numerous supportive messages, such as one from a woman outraged by my relative’s declaration.

Her grandmother had had a baby by accident at age 45, and she herself knew "scads" of women over 40 having babies.


Don't give up... My grandmother was a "change-of-life" baby, meaning she was conceived when her mother was going through menopause.


That said, we have all heard stories about women missing periods and thinking it was menopause when actually they were pregnant.... We recommend using a birth control method until periods have stopped for at least one year.


BTW, I have conceived naturally many times when I was busy moving and not ttc (so I know it can happen) The last time was at age 44.


I think it was when I wasn't trying any more that I ended up getting pregnant!!! I'll be 47 when this one is born - our eighth biological child. I've been extremely blessed with a wonderful hubby and great kids.


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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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