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No one talked about what a "miracle" it was because it was commonplace!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, July 01, 2006 | 0 comments

I also have a friend who worked with Native Americans delivering their babies and she said that it was not at all unusual to have labouring mothers in their late 40's and early 50's -- obviously there were sometimes health issues like gestational diabetes or hypertension, but none of the medical staff even raised an eyebrow at the ages of the mothers -- it just wasn't considered unusual at all. No one talked about what a "miracle" it was because it was commonplace!


While there are fewer women who get pregnant in their late 40's, it certainly does happen and I know a couple of women who were 49 and got pregnant. In fact, this past Jan I got pregnant but miscarried just before my 50th birthday, and that was a natural conception. My previous pregnancy at 46 happened after 2 years TTC and using fertility drugs.


I have to share this story with you. I have a friend that tried for years to get pregnant. She had all the tests and procedures. She had everything cleaned out. She took all kinds of fertility drugs, and had several tries of first IUI’s and then IVF’s. She could not get pregnant at all. Finally after over two years of trying and crying her sister donated her eggs. She got pregnant the first IVF with her sister’s eggs. The delivery was no walk in the park and she ended up with a c-section that had a major scare where they almost lost her (according to he husband). They had a beautiful baby girl. About a month after the baby turned one my friend’s periods stopped. She went to her OB/GYN the next month to get treatment for menopause. Turns out she was pregnant. Without drugs, procedures or “trying”. Her doctor said sometimes a pregnancy can kind of jump start your system into being fertile. So anything can happen.


It is not impossible! I am 48 and the mother of 3 sons, 23, 19 and 3 years. I actually had an unplanned pregnancy at age 45. I am very happy and he is very healthy.


My neighbour has a six year old daughter who plays with my daughter and she also just had her second baby in June at home, she is 47, husband is 56. This was a natural, planned conception.


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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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