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I sent John to buy a pregnancy test, fully expecting a negative

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, June 25, 2007 | 0 comments

When 45 year old Judy Owen was suddenly paralysed from the neck down, she faced the most traumatic yet ultimately happiest year of her life…

“Oh, maybe you’re pregnant!” Jackie had said, and we laughed about how ridiculous that would be. John and I had always had a que sera sera attitude towards having children. Ever since a health scare in my 20's, I had known that it would be difficult to conceive, as I had a high cervix and a tilted womb. And indeed, it had never happened, though John and I never used any contraception. Later, in my early 40's, I had been diagnosed as pre-menopausal, so I was very much resigned to the fact that I was never going to become a parent. We counted our blessings: numerous children around us to spoil; good jobs, a great house, three cats and each other. The very idea that I could be pregnant seemed so unlikely. However, I sent John to the nearest chemist to buy a pregnancy test, fully expecting it to turn out negative.

In the meantime, I picked up my best friend, Manda, from the station. “Wow, you look great!” she exclaimed. “You’ll never guess what? I had the strangest dream about you last night. You said you were pregnant.” I looked at her and could hardly believe what she’d just said.

On the way back home I explained what had happened and, when we arrived, I did the test, which actually showed positive. I couldn’t believe my eyes and assumed it was faulty. All sorts of jumbled thoughts were going through my mind, but mostly I was thinking, “This is awful!” Part of me still didn’t really believe it, but we joked along the lines of “How could John take advantage of a disabled woman!”

The following day, I tried another pregnancy test, with the same astonishing result. I made an appointment to see my GP, Martin Harris, who confirmed that not only was I pregnant, but very pregnant. “I can’t believe what is happening to your family!” he said.

I was despatched straight away to the local hospital for a scan that confirmed I was about 28 weeks pregnant. I was terrified and thrilled at the same time. I remember the sonographer laughing and saying: “I can’t believe you didn’t realise you were pregnant.” In my emotional state, I wasn’t in the mood for joviality, and replied: “Well, have you ever been paralysed from the neck down?”


I am 45 years old and 12 weeks pregnant. Scarey!! I was told I could not carry a child due to an endometrial oblation procedure 2 years ago. This is truly a miracle and I am excited, but worried.


Well, I am 49 years old and 9 weeks pregnant. I have a 29 year old daughter and a eighteen year old son. I am trusting God for my pregnant and delivery. I'm from West Africa and my mother had her last child at age 47, normal delivery without complications. My husband and I got married 1998, eight years ago. I conceived in 1998, but had a miscarriage. I am believing God that this baby will be full term baby, normal and healthy.


My grandmother was in her late 40's when my father was born 56 years ago, and he was her only child. I think my other grandmother had her last child in her late 40's too. I was always told it was very normal for that to happen. - Stace


I'm the 45 year old referenced in the 04/21 pregnancy report. My TR was 11/2004 and after months of clomid and ovulation kits... We tried IUI. It was successful. I'm on close monitoring right now and am in my 7th week. My first Ultrasound didn't have a fetal pole in it but they say it just may have been a week early - so I'm having another Monday 05/08. The good news was it implanted in my uterus vs. the tube. I feel great and I pray that's a good sign. My due date is Christmas 2006.


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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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