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I have a friend who had her 1st & only at 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, July 31, 2006 | 1 comments

On a side note I have a friend who had her first and only at 45 (and her DH must have been about 50), that was about 10 years ago and they are a happy, active family today.


Wanted to share some interesting things I heard from my RE when I consulted with him the other day. I asked him if he had seen any viable pregnancies in the 45+ age group. He said "yes", several at ages 45-46, some at 48-49 and the oldest was 51!

All of these pregnancies occurred on "natural" cycles with or without Estinyl and with/without "low dose stim boosts". He feels that successful pg in the 45+ age group is possible (although infrequent - he readily admits, though, that it's hard to REALLY know the statistics since most women in that age group aren't TTC) and more likely to occur through more natural, low tech methods than the high tech stuff, like IVF.

He actually encouraged me, as long as I'm still ovulating, to continue TTC naturally (with Estinyl for elevated FSH and low dose stims)...he said, "you might get lucky!" I felt somewhat encouraged by that and wanted to share the information.


A 45-y-o lady got pregnant with an "oops" baby. She was the wife of one of the law partners that my ex-husband worked with when I was younger. Ladies your age *do* get pregnant, and it's not anyone's business to hear the gory details.


The doctor told me it could take us 9 months really trying and that I should expect to have a miscarriage or 2 before I get one to actually stay and then my risks are still high because of my age. She surely did not paint a pretty picture, but said it was possible as she had 10 women this past year all 44 to 45 that had babies, so it was not impossible, just a little more challenging.


I never was pregnant a day in my life until after 40. Then suddenly I got pregnant out of the blue. That one was a miscarriage and three months later I was pregnant again. That one turned out to be our son who will be one tomorrow. Today I just found out we are pregnant with number two. Our last. We have never done any kind of fertility stuff or different, so anything is possible. It is surely just up to God. There is hope for all of us! I am 43 with a one year old and now, one on the way!


2,529 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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  1. Anonymous says:

    I had my baby at 45. He is perfect and a very happy 4 year old today. My great grandmother had her last child at age 46.

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