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I have a friend, had baby #1 at 45 & #2 at 47.

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, November 02, 2006 | 0 comments

I have a friend, had baby #1 at 45 and #2 at 47. With no infertility, no problems. She was lucky. She had not met someone she wanted to raise children with until she was 43, so gambled and waited and won! This isn't everyone's story, I know. But I think as rational, thinking women we consider our options, way how they fit in our lives and choose.


My wife and I had no thought of children in middle age.

So -- she got pregnant three times in three years at 42, 44, and 45. Two very early miscarriages, and one very healthy baby boy (now 5) at age 45. No doctors, no treatments, no drugs, no nothing.

A woman friend of hers asked, "How did you do it?"

She replied, "The usual way. Sex."


I know NO ONE who longed for a child "after 35" who regretted having one. I have a number of very close friends who had children after 40 and one after 50.


My sisters OB/GYN told her the other day that he has two surprise pregnancies at age 47 in his practice. Both are having healthy babies (they do have other children). His advice to her for me was, if I had the patience and personality to manage the stress of it all, I should continue.


My mom has a friend who had 4 miscarriages in her 30's (she's now late 60's) and was told she just wouldn't have children. At 42, when she got pregnant, she thought it was menopause. It was daughter #1. Two years later daughter #2 was born. Maybe an irrelevant story, but these always give me hope.


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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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