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During peri-menopause, a woman can still get pregnant

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, May 03, 2019 | 3 comments

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I am sure you've heard the term menopause baby.

Women in their 50s, who think they are no longer fertile, and skip using birth control, sometimes find out the hard way they are still more than capable of becoming pregnant.

While it is true your risk of becoming pregnant declines each year as you move towards menopause, there's always a chance you still can get pregnant.


During peri-menopause, a woman can still get pregnant.

As such, the term menopause baby is a misnomer, since a woman who is truly in menopause has already lost her fertility.


Dr. Hillard: You are, technically, still fertile until one year after your last menstrual period (which incidentally, you don't know is your last until it's been a year! CATCH 22).

Many of us have heard about the menopause baby our mother/grandmother/great aunt or other family member thought was the change of life and turned out to be pregnancy, with all of its life changes.


My mother was a menopause baby.

My grandmother had her when she was 47 years old, and my grandfather was 50 years old, in 1931.

She had three other children aged 21, 19, and 10 years old.


I am sure a lot of people will be asking, Is it possible for a 49-year-old menopausal woman to get pregnant?

Yes, it is, said Direk Maryo. I am a menopause baby.

My mother was 49 years old when she had me.

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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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  1. Happy Mom of 5 maybe 6 says:

    I am 49 and definately going through peri-menopause, possibly over menopause, not sure based on what I am reading. I hadn't had my period in 11 months and than it came again, another 8 months went by and I had a month of "spotting", It has been 6 months since the spotting, hubby and I have been very, very close lately :) and I am feeling very tired and a bit nauseous in the morning. I have 5 children, 32 year old twins that I conceived when I was 16, a 14 and 12 year old and my youngest is 9 and has Autism. I am also a Grandma. I have called myself "Fertile Myrtle" in the past because I seemed to get pregnant with no problem.Could I be pregnant??

  2. Unknown says:

    Why not. It is not uncommon as people believe. In Trinidad women as old as 51 have babies all the time. Conceiving naturally

  3. Debdeb says:

    Hi I'm 49 and going through pre menopaus I'm still having periods but 5 months apart me and my partner want to try for a baby but wondering if it's possible or even when the best time to try with having irregular periods

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