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It’s entirely probable to get pregnant during menopause

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, January 10, 2007 | 1 comments

Just decided I'd give you some positives. I'm 44 and have a 7 month old son, a 3 year old son, a 4 year old son and a 6 year old daughter. I also was pregnant 3 additional times (between the birth of the 3 year old and my most recent addition) but lost them due to miscarriage (all flukes, at different stages of development).

All children were conceived on the first or second attempt; all pregnancies were easy without complication; all births also without complication. The risks are so overstated. Yes, they exist and yes, they are greater than at a younger age, but the increase is not dramatic and the odds are still very much in your favour of having a baby that is happy, healthy and wise!

Even though it may sound impossible, it’s entirely probable to get pregnant during menopause - although the chances of a woman getting pregnant are decidedly slimmer during middle age compared to during her 20s and 30s.

Egg production naturally decreases by 50-percent by the time most women reach the age of 40. The percentage continues to decline every year after. Yet, women are not completely infertile until menstruation has stopped for 12 months straight. In fact, almost 70-percent of women between the ages of 40- and 44-years old ovulate regularly during the peri-menopause stage.

In fact, about half of peri-menopausal women between the ages of 40- and 49-years of age don’t use any contraception, which results in more than 60-percent of unplanned pregnancies and abortions in women over 40. There you have it - it is possible to become pregnant during menopause! So if you don’t want to become pregnant, continue using a reliable birth control method.


In general, is it possible to be pregnant at almost 47?

Yes! One of my favourite sayings is "it ain't over 'til it's over" and until you have not had a period for an entire year, you have not reached menopause and it is very possible to get pregnant. We know that a woman's cycles begin to slow down and change once she reaches 40 but as long as she is still cycling, she is still generally fertile and capable of achieving pregnancy.


As long as you are ovulating, no matter if you are in your 50’s you are able to get pregnant. Also, to be “diagnosed” with menopause your menstrual period must be absent for whole 12 consecutive months.


I'm 8 weeks pregnant at 46 years old. Two very good ultrasounds showing good growth - and I'm still visited by thoughts of potential loss - and keeping my heart and mind open to all possibilities while sending "Junior" all the positive strokes I can!


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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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  1. Anonymous says:


    You ladies give me hope!! Iam 43 years old with children from another marriage but would like to have a child with my new husband. In the past 6 years I have had 3 miscarraiges. We would like to have at least 1 child together. Thank you for your testimonies they give me so much more hope.

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