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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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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