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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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2,248 stories of Pregnancy & Birth over 44 years old!
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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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