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I'm 47 & just had my 5th child last month

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | 0 comments

Maybe it'll help to know that I'm 47 and just had my fifth child last month (my sixth pregnancy). Except for having gestational diabetes, and not a bad case of it at that, my pregnancy was AWESOME and my beautiful baby boy was born on his due date weighing in at 9 lbs. 2.2 oz and was 21 1/2 in. long.

By the way, as stated in the beginning, I've been pregnant six times, with five live births. I, too, miscarried at 6 weeks in my second pregnancy...and I was in my 20's at the time. So, yes, it's quite possible to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby later on!


There are so many conflicting stories. Sometimes I read that it's almost impossible for a woman over 40 to get pregnant, and then I read other stories of women getting pregnant nearly as easily as when they were in their 20's.

I was also shocked when I found out I was pregnant because I believed, from all I have heard, that it is virtually impossible to get pregnant naturally over 40. Well, we've proved that theory wrong.


Anyway, your mention of getting pregnant over age 40 as though you were in your 20's... I've heard that, too, along with increased infertility. Probably for most women, the issue of infertility is what comes into play. In fact, one of the things I was told when I switched doctors, was that my chances of miscarrying, were over 50% within the first trimester, and my ability to have got pregnant in the first place was around 10% (I'm 47, though I would've been a late 46, when I conceived).

The doctor said at my age, my eggs are dwindling in amount, and I probably would've had about 200 when I conceived; also, the quality of them is supposed to be lessened with age, due to environmental exposures over time.


Still pregnant at 11 weeks today at almost 45 - my birthday is Tuesday. My other kids ages are 21 (girl), 19 (girl), 17 (girl), 15 (boy), 13 (boy), 12 (boy), 9 (boy), 5 (boy), 3 (boy).

Ultrasound on Tuesday showed a healthy baby, with a 188 fetal heart rate. The high heartbeat scared me but my doc said it was okay.


I am 43... and found out yesterday, I am pregnant. I am very scared, yesterday by the way, was my birthday. I have a DR. appt on Tuesday, and my other 2 kids are 17 and 25,

I would love anyone to share info with as I feel like a 1st time mom, also hubby had a vasectomy 13 years ago!! So this is a HUGE surprise... I thought I was in early menopause

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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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