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Two I know had successful pregnancies at 47

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, August 15, 2007 | 0 comments

I know plenty of people who are still trying (besides those of us on this board). In fact, two people I know indirectly had successful pregnancies at 47!

A girl friend of mine, who is 45, says that she will keep trying until she reaches menopause! I think I will do the same.

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I got pregnant with my daughter when I was 41 (had her at 42) and am now pregnant with #2 and will most likely deliver just after turning 44. Good luck to you on this cycle!

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Everything is true and pretty cool. (Even if I do say so myself.)


After 5 months of Clomid last year and no success (thought we may have a luteal phase defect), we progressed to IVF. I did the Clomid challenge test and my day 10 FSH was 29! I wanted to cry.

My estrogen was 127. But I was determined to try anyway. We did two cycles and both failed. One converted to IUI but still no pregnancy. Then, just as we were going to start IVF number 3, our RE called us in to discuss the fact that he no longer could help us after 2 failed attempts.

I am 44 years old and didn't stim well enough to continue, he thought. I cried all the way home in the car. I then decided to investigate TCM (traditional Chinese Medicine), turns out even the large RE's offices have a list of acupuncture people and that there is proof that it can improve your chances of pregnancy.

So, I decided to try weekly acupuncture sessions and herbs. I also read about Randine Lewis and her book "Inconceivable" Her office does phone consults and it doesn't matter where you live.

Anyway, I had my one treatment. It went well and wasn't painful. The next day was cycle day 23 for me. My cycle is short at only about 24-25 days. Low and behold, I got a BFP! Two days later it was confirmed by my OB.

I want to preface all of this by saying that I don't think the acupuncture helped me to achieve pregnancy. It was a coincidence. However, if I hadn't gotten pregnant this cycle I would have continued with this treatment. The whole point to this story is that my RE said, based on my FSH and age and stim response, that he was done with me, then I got pgregnant anyway.

I am trying to be realistic about this whole thing. I have had lots of miscarriages and this one may end up the same way, I don't know. But this can give you hope if you are in your 40's and are upset and frustrated.

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My OB was shocked when I conceived so quickly the last time.. She considers me more fertile than some of her 20 year old patients and I'm 44 years old!

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My husband's friend who is 47 and his 44 year old wife are expecting. A year ago she had a miscarriage after trying for about 10 years with no luck, they got pregnant and very quickly lost it. Today my husband told me that she's expecting in September.


They were both excited when she finally got pregnant the first time and then devastated with the loss. There was no ART this time around. This will be their first little angel.

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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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