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One of my best friends mothers had a baby at 53

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, July 26, 2006 | 0 comments

It has really gotten me down, but I just keep thinking about how a lot women who aren't trying get pregnant at this age (and older) - get pregnant with what they used to call a change of life baby. One of my best friends mothers had one at 53 and there wasn't anything wrong with her sister.


I spoke to someone recently whose mother gave birth to him in her mid-40s, decades before IVF and reproductive endocrinologists. So, while I wouldn't want to give false hope, for those who want to give it a try, please know that it's not unheard of for women in their mid-40s and sometimes even later to conceive a healthy baby.


Well, I just wanted to give some hope. I have been pregnant every year in my 40’s. I am 44 and pregnant again. When I was 36 they told me not to get my hopes up because of my age. My husband had a reversal after at least 10 years with a vasectomy. At first they put him on Clomid to raise his sperm count. I didn’t think I would ever get pregnant. Then I did and lost 2, one at 41 and 42. Then I got pregnant again at 44 and am 21 weeks and the baby is fine. Basically we just did it on our own.


I am 44 and expecting a baby in August. I became pregnant with this baby while on a cycle of a drug called Follistim, which is an injectible gonadotropin. That's a follicle-stimulating hormone, and you might want to ask your doctor about it. I also took progesterone starting two or three days after ovulation -- I took an ovulation-trigger drug, which is part of a gonadotropin cycle, followed by insemination and sex -- through the first trimester.


Whatever you decide, just remember that women all over the world have babies well into their 40s and that you don't necessarily need an RE to get you pregnant -- even though they would like you to think that way.


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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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