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My friend is 45y & 20 weeks pregnant.

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, June 05, 2006 | 0 comments

My friend is 45 years old. She is now 20 weeks pregnant. She told me that she and her husband tried every month and she felt relaxed - not really a lot of pressure - and she became pregnant naturally.


Our son Virgil was probably conceived in the final days of 2001. He arrived early, induced at 35 weeks after placental abruption - -something I, at age 46, was at increased risk for - -and was born perfectly healthy on August 22, 2002.

~~~~Kristen L., mother of two children both born after age 40 [the author of this article] joined an elite group -- the approx. 4000 US women each year who give birth after [age] 45


At age 45, I thought I knew my body well; you think you've got it covered. I was tired a lot, and my period was light, but I didn't even consider it. A colleague asked, "Could you be pregnant?" I bought a test and did it at lunch. I was so rattled I turned it upside down and it said I wasn't pregnant. I did another the next day. It was positive.


Any woman who has begun her period, has not experienced menopause, who has vaginal intercourse with a man - can become pregnant. Whether you are 14 or 45, every method of birth control can fail, even tubal ligation. ---from Our Bodies Ourselves


Births in women aged 40-44 have increased between 1991 and 2001 [according to Linda J. Heffner MD PhD] those in the 35-45 age group, who stay pregnant past the first trimester "have reason to expect a good outcome."


2,248 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 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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