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I will be 45 on Wed, I am pregnant.

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, September 23, 2007 | 0 comments

My birthday is Wednesday, I will be 45 years old. I was on a natural cycle, I went to my Doctor this morning and just got the call... I am pregnant.

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I'm an author working on a memoir about the experiences my wife and I went through as late-in-life parents. I was 46 and my wife 44 when we had our youngest daughter who is almost 2.

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Most births to women over 40 are without using DE [donor egg], contrary to what the media is telling us. Of all live births in the United States during 2001-2003 (average), 10.8% were to women under the age of 20, 51.7% were to women ages 20-29, 35.0% were to women ages 30-39, and 2.5% were to women ages 40 and older.
Source:
http://www.marchofdimes.com/peristats/level1.aspx?reg=99&top=2&stop=5&lev=1&slev=1&obj=3

So if in 2003 there were 4,089,950 live births, then 2.5% makes 102,249 babies born to women over 40. With just 5,769 DE births in 2003, that leaves 96,480 births who were conceived without DE.

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I'm having my second at 43 (well pregnant at 43, I'll be 44 when the baby comes). My daughter is 11 though, so in a sense she will always be an only child. But I do really like the idea of her not being alone in the world. She wants a baby sister. But, ultimately my decision to have another baby stemmed from always wanting another child.


My daughter's father, my first husband, died about 2 years ago, so I figured I was done having babies. Then I met my second husband last year, and he had never been married, and has no children. He wanted a child, and that was cool because I always had wanted another child. So here we are!

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I had my 3rd child two days after I turned 45. Although I wasn't trying to get pregnant, I wasn't trying NOT to either, since my new husband really wanted a baby.


Anyway... I'm wondering who else in the group conceived and gave birth naturally/spontaneously after the age of 44? I'm in the process of writing a book proposal on the topic and would be delighted to hear more from others who have had a similar experience.

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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 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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