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I am 45 & this is my 2nd baby

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 0 comments

Image: Baby Pouty Lip, by GirlLiuxia on PixabayI am 45 years old, and this is my second baby while in my 40s.

At 15 weeks, I went for an amnio when the doctor ruptured my membranes.

For the next five months, I would stay in bed.

Of course, ruptured membranes means you will most likely lose the pregnancy.

Or if pregnancy survives, the baby will not survive, due to undeveloped lungs from too much pressure due to low fluid.

I had severely low fluid the entire pregnancy.

From 23 weeks until 35 weeks when he was born, I was hospitalized and managed.

He was born at 35.1 weeks by elective c-section - he was perfectly healthy.


It is great to know we ladies over 40 years old can still get pregnant.

Despite what our doctors and statistics say!

My doctor also told me to see a specialist after seeing my FSH [Follicle-stimulating hormone] of 15.

My acupuncturist told me her FSH WASN'T that low, and she still got pregnant with her first child at 45 years old!


This is my first pregnancy at 46 years old!

I don't know how far along I am since I stopped paying attention to my cycle many months ago.

All that work three years ago with fertility testing, taking my temperature every morning, charting hormone levels - just got to be too much with no result!

I finally bought a pregnancy test on December 21, and it took less than the time recommended to show a positive result!

I didn't believe it, so I went the next day and bought two more tests.

One was the kind that reads either pregnant or not pregnant.

That is the one I showed my husband.

I knew he would not believe me otherwise!
- Karen


I too am 46 years old and expecting a baby.

Like you I was shocked at first...

I thought I was starting menopause!!

Had stopped paying attention to when my periods came, so I wasn't sure of when the little one would arrive.

- Jan, baby #9 due in June


I too found out by surprise I was pregnant at 45 years old.

Problems arose - then shock again five months later I was pregnant again.

We had been trying since I was 39 years old, with no results.

We had one daughter 11 years ago, with fertility treatments.

This time, with no treatments, I got pregnant twice at 45 years old!

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At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years.

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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 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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