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Moms that had children after 40 were very long-lived

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, June 11, 2007 | 1 comments

Last year I read a study that said that moms that had any children after age 40 were on average, very long-lived. It made sense to me, because my grandmother had three of her kids over the age of 40 and lived till 97.


Other factors have to be taken into consideration, such as genetics, family history and lifestyle. Some women, like my grandmother, are able to conceive easily and naturally at 46. Why are we never told these figures?

I have an older friend who just had a baby. Mom is 48 years old, and just had bypass surgery last year to boot! She had no trouble conceiving and had only smaller adaptations she needed to make during her pregnancy.

She did go through some exams to provide the doctors with details of the baby so they could treat her accordingly throughout the pregnancy, and she did have to have a C-section because of the heart surgery last year. However, she and her husband now have an absolutely beautiful and perfect little baby boy!


Tell them you are going to chase your dream! I was age 42 with my first. She's a fantastic child! I just turned 45 and am newly pregnant. It's your life, live it your way!


Its really your choice. I'm 20. I love my mom and dad and feel they prepared me well, they are now 65 and 69. As the child of older parents, my fear is that I will lose them soon as being raised as an only child (despite having 4 older siblings ages 35-43) because my brothers and sisters were out of the house I am a lot closer to my parents and very very very attached to them

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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. Post #3186 has got my attention, that 100 yrs ago it was not headline news for a woman 50+ to conceive naturally and "every large city had their 60+ yr old with her own baby in her arms."

    Please will poster #3186, or someone else provide us with demographics? Where were these women? Fact; long-lived populations give birth later (someone did the math, pop. size doesn't increase though life is good). I live among Armenians and any one of them will tell me that in the Transcaucasus, women are expected to give birth until age 60 and one said "after 60 it's dangerous".

    Please instruct me YES or NO to my assumptions. I assume (a) the late birthing women mentioned in Post #3186 are in U.S. and/or Canada, (b) They resided in known long-lived population areas, and (c) they resided with plentiful clean water and good sewage.

    The latter "c", water & sewage, is an idea I'm working on.

    Posts ##3190-3192 also deal with the long-lived giving birth later.

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