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I am 8 weeks along at 44

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, September 27, 2007 | 0 comments

When I started having some rough, irregular periods in 2003, I was 41. My chiropractor suggested I try using progesterone cream (all natural, available in any health food store).

Lo and behold, my periods went very smooth and I was preggers in about 2 cycles! This was a wonderful "side effect". I miscarried that baby at 16 weeks, then 2 cycles later I was pregnant again. I used the cream until the last trimester, and my son was healthy and full term.

I started using this cream again, and now I am 8 weeks along at age 44. Most older moms are low on the progesterone, and this is a saliva or blood test your OB can do. I never did the test, because I used the cream for menstrual woes! When I miscarried, the OB had me on a synthetic progesterone pill, and I didn't use the cream, so I will always wonder if I kept on the cream, would that baby lived? It can make you crazy, so I am still using the cream now.


Recently, I've been chatting to a friend of a friend who has conceived her first child naturally, at age 45, after having her sterilisation reversed, and now I'm all in a quandary!


I received an e-mail from a woman I met when I ran the women's support group for my local infertility organization. She conceived naturally while on a break from her fertility treatments and had her baby on her 44th birthday. She was talking about how other women who conceive easily have no clue what infertility is like. It's still a bit of a sore spot with most of us even after we succeed in having a baby. Other people just seem to take for granted what a miracle it is to have a child.


My mother just found out she is expecting # 6. She is 44, she also has a baby when she was 41.


I had my last child at 44.


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"In 2005, there were more than 104,000 births in the United States to women ages 40 through 44, and over 6,500 to women 45 and older. In 2004, there were 1,786 live births to women over 42, using donor eggs."

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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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