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Nothing unusual or rare to have a baby in your 40's

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, April 05, 2007 | 0 comments

Try not to worry too much, we "oldies" (I'm 44 and 17 weeks) might be considered high risk but you only need to read some of the posts on here to see its nothing unusual or rare to have a baby in your 40's.


Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 1988 May;28(2):152-3.
First pregnancy at 47 years of age after 20 years of amenorrhoea.


I'm 47 and in my 8th month of pregnancy. I, too, have four children from my first marriage (ages range from 17 years to 23 years).


Finally getting a chance to catch up on some email, and wanted to reply to one woman's request for "over 43" pregnancy stories.

You can definitely put mine on the Success side. I was 45. My first and at that time, only, daughter was 21 - years, not months, and on her own. I got pregnant on an "oops." I'm sure the fact that I wanted very much to have another child was helpful.

My now 7-year-old daughter was born with both my daughter and my husband's grown daughter as birth coaches in the Labour & Delivery room. Tama scored 9 1/2 on her Apgar and is a normal, "spirited" child who is the light of my life.

Our story became something of a legend among a group of (a little younger) friends who had been trying to get pregnant. And most or all of them did end up conceiving. So don't feel like it's hopeless, sisters. We're living proof that it's not.


I have a girlfriend who got pregnant at 45 and her little girl is 6 this year, the little girl is fine & a bundle of joy.


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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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