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I was 44 when I gave birth to Megan

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, November 30, 2006 | 0 comments


Bethany 46 says, I was 44 when I gave birth to Megan and I can honestly say that it has been the greatest experience of my life. She weighed 9lb 13oz and I remember the midwife saying to me, "How can a tiny thing like you produce such a huge baby?"

I'm glad she didn't say, "How can such an old person as you." It would be nice for Megan to have a brother or a sister, so it wouldn't be a disaster if I discovered that I was expecting again, even at 46!

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Christine, 49-year-old former clothing executive from Van Nuys, mom to 7-year-old Charlie and 3-year-old Eliza Jane.

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Sarah is 45 and gave birth to her fourth child, Emily, in September 2000 when she was 44.


When I discovered I was expecting Emily I tried to remain positive, but I felt that there was a lack of support for older mothers, both from the medical profession and in the media.

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I recently read that in 1920, the average age of last pregnancy was 42 (which means lots of women had babies later than that). It makes perfect sense, as birth control was not available then, and most women kept getting pregnant until their bodies were no longer able to do so.

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If you want to know if you are still fertile (barring other medical issues), it's a quick blood test and your doctor will tell you your 'number'. The lower your number, the farther away from the start of menopause you are.


If I remember correctly, you're in menopause at a 28. I'm an 8. My doctor told me not to sit too close to my boyfriend. He also told me I'm healthy and if I wanted to have another child to go right ahead. (I'm 46 years old)

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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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