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My grandmom had her last at 47

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, October 09, 2006 | 0 comments


I wasn't around then...but my grandmom had her last at 47. My Aunt Hope was quite a surprise (the next oldest would have been 6 at the time). And she's the prettiest one of the whole bunch.

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The oldest woman to get pregnant and have a healthy baby, that I knew personally, was my friend Jan's mom. She had a set of twins at the age of 45 back in 1965.... naturally and without any assistance. Jan was not one of the twins, she was a few years older.

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My mother's friend had one at 47 and the baby is now a horrible teenager! No deterioration of genetic material whatsoever.

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My mom told me this was not so unusual in the days when folks had big families. It was not unusual for women to have a last baby at 50, it is a FIRST one at 40-45 that is odd.

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My Dad had nieces and nephews older than he was. His oldest brother was born in 1896 and he didn't come along until 1921. Same Mom. Same Dad. No $45,000 worth of treatments. Just Catholic.

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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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