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I am 45 & 23 weeks pregnant with my 7th child

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, February 28, 2007 | 0 comments

I am blessed with 6 beautiful children from my first marriage. They range in age from 21-13 years. I am also a nurse and a midwife. I always refused the AFP [Alphfetoprotein or triple screen] test offered during those pregnancies because of the very high rate of false positives. I am now 45 and 23 weeks pregnant with my 7th child. My partner is 40, and this will be his first child. Again I refused the AFP and an amnio. I did have a level 2 ultrasound which found no markers to indicate Down's Syndrome.

The baby is a boy and very active! I know this child is a gift from God and will be a huge blessing to all of us. Have I been treated differently because of my age? Yes. Many ultrasounds and tests for this and that possible complication but everything has come out fine.

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Here is a story... My grandmother had 8 children, the last when she was 45 (1936). The older were ages 24 to 11 years old and my grandfather had been killed in a car accident about a month after conception.


I didn't hear about gramma have any major problems with the pregnancy. The baby (my aunt) was healthy, she is now a retired teacher. However, life wasn't easy growing up for my aunt with 4 pseudo-fathers and 3 pseudo-mothers.

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I am 45 and newly pregnant... what a shocking surprise. I never, ever imagined I could get pregnant again at this age. I already have a 20 month old son and a 7 year old son.

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I'm 45 and expecting my first in December. I’m 13 weeks pregnant. It took some doing, but I definitely had to turn a deaf ear to the "fertility specialists" who stood to make thousands of $$ by convincing me I would need treatments. Just keep using those ovulating sticks! They work great, but you have to go through a lot of them.

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By the way, my mother got pregnant with me when she was 45 and turned 46 six days after I was born. I'm just fine.

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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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