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Pregnant at 46 - I found out that I was pregnant

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, February 04, 2007 | 1 comments

Pregnant at 46 - I found out that I was pregnant 4 days ago, and am still in shock. I went off the pill to get a check for menopause... I guess I failed the menopause test. I am scared to death, I have 3 children 17, 14, and 11..... I am trying to get over the shock. I wondered how common it is to become pregnant at 46 and what to expect from a pregnancy at this time in my life?

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According to Guinness World Records 2001, the highest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782) of Shuya, Russia. Between 1725 and 1765 [18-58y old], in a total of 27 confinements, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. 67 of them survived infancy.

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This is one of the reasons of increasing amount of twins’ birth – a worldwide tendency to late deliveries. A probability of birth of two and more babies increases, if a mother is older than 35 years. (By the way, this chance increases even more after 50 years).


The matter is that with age, ovulations take place not during each cycle – and this is quite normal. As a result, free hormones, affecting ovulation, accumulate and release during the following cycle, stimulating coming out of several ovules at once.

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In 1999 however, twin birth rates rose steadily with maternal age and were highest for women aged 50-54 years. Since 1990, the twin birth rate has risen 80 percent among women 40-44 years of age (from 24.7 to 44.5 per 1,000), and almost 600 percent among women aged 45-49 years (from 23.8 to 155.7), compared to only a 6 percent rise for women under age 20 years (14.3 to 15.2).

Comparable trend data are not available for women aged 50-54 years, but in 1999 more than a third of births (34 percent) to women in the oldest age group were born in a twin delivery.

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Oldest Mother of Twins - 58-years-old Samira Ellis of Israel had twins Elias and Solva on March 8, 2003

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Catherine

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 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi there,
    What a blessing to be pregnant at 46 years old. So many women pray that they could be in your shoes. I was recently pregnant with twins and miscarried. We will try again and hope for another miracle. T

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