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My grandmother had 3 children in her 40's

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, December 21, 2006 | 0 comments

RE: It is, of course, possible that there might be a few who might have stretched the truth a bit in their post, or mis-remembered the person's age.

That’s true, and but its hard to believe that nearly 3,000 people are "all" telling a lie, or making up a story. Sure, maybe 1 or 2 of them made it up. But that small number is irrelevant. My grandmother had 3 children in her 40's, and I grew up not believing it to be unusual at all for a 40+ woman to get pregnant.


I am 45 years old, soon to be 46 and due May 10th. I went the fertility specialist route for a bit, but did it half-heartedly because I felt for sure there was no way I would ever get pregnant....that I was too old, my eggs were no good, etc. I was wrong. I can't say that I was trying at all, but I guess that's how it happens sometimes! I just had my last ultrasound and the baby is perfect in every way...healthy, normal and very busy!


Last night, on the tubing slopes, I talked to a women who had her fourth child naturally at the age of 45. Her other three children had been born over nine years prior. She said she conceived with no problem within six months.


I happened to sit with a 49 year old woman and her 5 year old son. Making idle conversation, I found out that she got pregnant naturally the first month she tried to get pregnant at the age of 43. Prior to that she had a booming career and had always been on birth control. Also, it was interesting to find out she is an MD.

Ironically, her husband thought he was infertile, because tests in his previous marriage had determined that his very low sperm count was responsible for their infertility. This was his first child. She said that this goes to show that you should never quit trying....what works for one couple may not work for another couple.


I am 52 years old, and I have just been told I may be pregnant. My HCG blood count is elevated, and I have missed my period for the last two months.


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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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