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My grandmother was 50 when she had my mother

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, March 09, 2007 | 0 comments

My grandmother was 50 when she had my mother, so it can happen later in life. She thought she was going through the menopause. My grandmother lived till she was 98, so she had a good life with my mum.


My Traditional Chinese Medicine therapist told me he prescribed Chinese herbs to a lady about that age [54] and she got pregnant (her idea) Apparently her husband wasn’t too pleased.


I’ve been told, although I don’t know how true it is because I obviously wasn't around at the time, but my great grandmother apparently had my grandfather at the ripe old age of 52. Her first and only child. I’ve got all the dates in our copy of the family tree that has been researched on the 1901 census and it all tallies up with what I was told. Now working on the theory that IVF, etc. didn’t even exist in those days, it must of been a natural conception.

Unfortunately he died at 26, killed in the war, but she actually outlived him. Living to the age of 84, and moved in with his wife, bringing up his 3 children when he went of to war. So it just goes to show there is hope. I, too, only believe half of what I read on the internet, newspapers etc. but there has to be some truth sometimes. We can’t just dismiss everything because we don’t think it's true.


I personally know 2 ladies who had all their children in their 40's, the last when they were 46 & 47 respectively, I met them both since I joined this board. My mum had me at 42 & she now has a friend whose daughter-in-law is pregnant with her first at 46, so it must be a small world. I say keep up the encouragement!!!


Interestingly for me the oldest women I have seen conceive naturally was 48 years of age.


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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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