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Sister bore a healthy girl at the ripe old age of 51

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

It’s not a far-fetched idea to be pregnant at my age. My sister in law mentioned that her sister bore a healthy girl at the ripe old age of 51. My other sister in law is a menopausal baby. Her mom was 46 years old then. I know two other friends who bore their child when they were in their mid-forties.

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My kumare is expecting her second child any time now. She’s 45, and she cried when she first learned of her pregnancy. Her only other child is already 11 years old. I know that she’s happy now that she’s having this child, but she had really mixed emotions before.

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Lord, if you're too old, I'm in real trouble. I am pregnant and will be nearly 45 when this baby is born. She will be my first and probably only, but I am THRILLED and so is her Daddy. We believe she will be the best part of our lives. I don't think there is any mistake or coincidence that we are expecting her now - we're ready now! Enjoy your pregnancy, your baby and the life ahead of you both. Good luck and best wishes to you! - Laura

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In November 2004, when I was 54 years of age, I started having severe tenderness in my nipples. I skipped my otherwise regular, heavy period in December, and the nipple tenderness increased. I figured I was entering menopause.


On New Year's Day, I went to the hospital with symptoms of excessive heavy bleeding and dizziness. My husband and I, and the staff, were shocked to learn that HCG confirmed I was pregnant and having a miscarriage - probability 6-7 weeks gestation. My doctor said he has never seen it in a woman my age and that he would not forget me.

Not knowing I was pregnant, I hardly had time to feel sad about the loss -- my husband and I already are the parents of 7 (then ages 16-32), grandparents of 5 (then 4). I cannot imagine how that pregnancy would have changed our lives if it continued, but we have faith in God and would trust him for that either way. I just had my 56th birthday and I am still having regular, heavy periods.

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Now, as to turning 40, I also think being in my 40's has been the best of my life. I got married at 42, and had my baby boy one month before turning 44 (with one miscarriage in between). This was after my doctor said I would never get pregnant. I don't know if that will make you feel better or worse, but I want you to know that it does happen to women in their 40's!!

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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 that 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 that there will be no more babies in our house.

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