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Who says your eggs are too old?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, August 31, 2006 | 0 comments

Who says you're too old?

It's not hard to understand the fears surrounding conception. Yes, the statistics show that a woman's fertility declines as she ages, but you must keep in mind that these numbers may have nothing to do with you. In fact, over the last 20 years, births to women over age 40 have increased by 50%.... And in 1991, 92,000 women in the U.S. over age 40 had babies. That number continues to rise. A lot of forty-something women don't realize how fertile they are, which may account for the fact that they are second only to women ages 18-25 in frequency of abortions. Who says your eggs are too old? Furthermore, you should know that the vast majority of babies born to women in their forties are healthy. And in healthy women, the vast majority of pregnancies are completed without a hitch.

-Christiane Northrup, M.D., Health Wisdom
for Women (July 1997)


My mother had a very healthy baby when she was 44. She is now 10 and the sweetest little girl.


All the signs are there that I’m pregnant and I’m excited because this will be my last pregnancy. I’m 44 years old and never get tired of babies. My friends and family think I’m crazy but I know what’s important in this life. It’s your family to be blessed, to enjoy - not to think it’s a chore. God has truly blessed me. - Renee


Yesterday I was lurking on the tons of kids board at Parentsplace. There is someone posting there who is almost 47 and pregnant with #13. She also has 8 grandchildren with the 9th on the way.


I had tried in vitro unsuccessfully, so I had my eggs (which were fertilized by my husband) frozen, figuring I’d get pregnant after the first year of school. But law school was consuming, so we waited. When I graduated at 45, my husband and I separated. I figured that if I was going to be a single mom, I’d better pay off my loans first — and that’s why I was 51 when I finally got pregnant with Natasja, and 55 when Alexandre came along.


2,650 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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