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I'm 20w pregnant with baby #1 at 44

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, August 25, 2007 | 0 comments

In one week I will be 44. I'm 20 weeks pregnant with baby #1, a natural conception. 5 miscarriages in 2 years -- but things are looking good this time around. Good luck to all!!! believe


At 45, after not using birth control for years, boy was I shocked when I got pregnant for the first time. I immediately rushed out and bought every book I could find on pregnancy in older women.


I had used Fertile Thoughts about 4 years ago as my husband and I were trying to have a child. I have 3 children from a previous marriage. But my husband and I started trying to have our own child about 8 years ago.

After 6 years and 6 miscarriages, I couldn’t handle the emotional roller coaster any longer and we gave up trying to have a child. I finally got to the acceptance that we weren’t going to have any more children after 2 years.

I just turned 45 2 weeks ago and I just found out that I am pregnant last week. I am extremely nervous as we typically lose the baby around 6 to 8 weeks. I have already been to the RE and have started preventative measures to hold on to this one.

My first beta was 343 and the second was 676. So, those numbers sound pretty good for my 33rd day. But I am understandably sceptical that this will work. The odds are not in our favour because of my age and history. Any words of encouragement would be appreciated. We aren’t ready to share the news with any family or friends until we get some more positive news. Thanks!


Keep the stories coming... You have probably read in my posts over & over that my brother-in-law is a retired OB GYN, and he saw a lot of post 40 pregnancies however they were usually unhappy about it. He is a big proponent of actively practicing birth control right up to menopause, because he saw so many Oops pre-menopausal pregnancies


Posted by Ellen from Sweden on Aug-09-06 at 12:00 PM (EST)
Here in Sweden the organisation I belong to ( Femmis - an organisation for single mothers of choice ) just received a new member. She is 48, and the proud mother of a 4 month old son. She was denied single adoption because of her age, so she decided to try to become pregnant instead ... This is her first child !


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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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