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She will be 50 next month & 14w pregnant with twins

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, May 11, 2007 | 1 comments

My girlfriend of 20 plus years is 14 weeks pregnant with twins.. she did IVF in Minneapolis, she lives close to Canada! She will be 50 next month but is in great health....these are her first children.


Expert: Lawrence Jay Rappaport M.D.
Date: 1/9/2005
Subject: later in life pregnancy
You are not too old to conceive or carry a pregnancy. I have many patients in their 40's who are having their first child. My oldest patient was 53 years old, having her 23rd child. You are considered young [at 36y] and can easily become pregnant and carry a pregnancy to term. As long as you have regular periods (at any age), you can conceive.


Expert: Lawrence Jay Rappaport M.D.
Date: 5/19/2006
Subject: when does a woman’s fertility end?
The ability to conceive (fertility) ends when estrogen is no long in the body. As long as you are ovulating, you can conceive. You have heard of "change of life babies“. Even if you are 55 years old, you still can conceive if there are enough sperm cells and estrogen. The number of previous children may make the pregnancy easier but, even if she has never had a child, she still can become pregnant.


Expert: Andi Cohen
Date: 5/19/2006
Subject: when does a woman’s fertility end?
A woman's fertility ends when she goes in to menopause and stops getting her period. The chances are of her getting pregnant at 47 or 49 would depend on this. If she is still having a menstrual cycle, then YES she could get pregnant. Older women get pregnant all the time.


The need for contraception to prevent pregnancy ends only at menopause when menses permanently end, signalling that the ovaries are no longer producing eggs that could be fertilized. Menopause is considered to have occurred only after a woman has not menstruated for one year. However, for a period of about four years before menopause — during peri-menopause — a woman’s ovaries may intermittently produce eggs, and she may become pregnant if she remains sexually active and does not use contraception.


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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. Roro says:

    I am 47yrs and found out on 5/6/07 just that i am seven weeks pregnant naturally .. my husband is 50yrs old and i am a mother of four ages of 5yrs we are blessed.

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