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At 48 she was in menopause, discovered she was pregnant

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, October 25, 2006 | 0 comments

My grandmother had 5 children by the time she was about 35. At 48 she was clearly in menopause but discovered she was pregnant. She didn't even tell anyone she was pregnant because she didn't realize it until she was about 6 months along. Her missed periods were nothing odd and the weight gain she put down to age.

Anyway, she had her last son at 48 years old and he weighed 11lbs 10oz at birth. He is 5 years older than me and 21 years younger than my mother who is the second oldest in the family. So, obviously it is very possible to get pregnant during menopause without the aid of drugs.


Never forget that before the pill and easy abortions, women were frequently having children in their forties and doctors didn't blink an eye. The current theories on age are really very recent, and largely based on data from fertility clinics, i.e. women who have problems, not women who don't, and docs shouldn't give you a bad time particularly as you have had a child already.


Just wanted to let you know I am 47 and I am 13 weeks pregnant. I struggled to get pregnant for many years, with PCOS and one blocked tube, but some how managed to get pregnant all on my own without any fertility treatment. I was told my eggs were probably too old, as I had a lot of chemical pregnancies (eggs that did not implant). That was in June of this year. I have a good consultant now who has helped me keep this pregnancy going by progesterone and heparin injections. So have a good diet and take all your vitamins, think positive as I truly believe if you believe you can conceive then you will. I used to imagine my body pregnant (not brooding over other peoples babies) but thinking about having your own. Hope this gives you some hope.


My sister-in-law had her most recent at 46 and he looks just like the rest of his 10 siblings.


Frankly, I don't buy a lot of the arguments used today by the medical establishment concerning "mid-life pregnancies". Neither do quite a few of my sisters on here who have also experienced blessed births, healthy babies, and uncomplicated pregnancies after forty. God delights in glorifying Himself in our "old" bodies.


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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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