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I have many patients who are pregnant & over 45 years old.

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, September 12, 2006 | 0 comments

Expert: Lawrence Jay Rappaport M.D.
Subject: Having first baby at advance age
Women can conceive and carry a baby to term as long as they are getting their periods regularly and ovulating. As a woman gets older, it is harder and harder to conceive. However, as long as she gets her period she should be able to conceive until she reaches menopause. I have many patients who are pregnant and are over 45 years old. Many women are waiting until their careers take off before they start a family. There should be no problems for the mother or baby if you start a family before she is 45.


I am 45, almost 46, and just found out I was pregnant last week. I am going through the exact same emotions as you. one minute I am really excited and the next minute I'm scared. Mostly I'm scared. Really scared. I can barely believe I'm pregnant at this age. - Susan


A few month ago, I found out the my best friend, when I was in high school, was born when her mother was 44... and I ask her how she felt about having an "older mother"... she said she didn't even know or care... she just loved them for who they were... caring parents. I spend tons of weekends over at her house and never thought of her parents as "older"... they were just her parents.... just nice people. - Candace


Considerations for the Parturient with Advanced Maternal Age: A Current Review:
In the United States during 1992 there were over 4,000,000 births, with 2,000 live births to women 45 to 49 years of age
Dildy GA, Jackson GM, Fowers GK, et al.
Very advanced maternal age: Pregnancy after age 45.
Am J Obstet Gynecol 1996; 175: 668-74.


One of my best friend's parents are "older" parents. Her mom was in her mid-forties and her Dad in his fifties when they had their two daughters. We were all in awe of her parents. They were smart intelligent people who had full lives and they were wonderful parents. I can remember seeing her mom surrounded by a swarm of admiring teen-age boys as she rattled off the names and stats of the Yankees back to the twenties!! - Kate


2,725 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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