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In 1800s, many babies born late 40s, early 50s

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, September 11, 2007 | 3 comments

You know, the idea of "older" mothers is only unique by our modern standards. I recently looked up old census records only to discover that women in the mid to late 1800s continued to have children into their late 40s and early 50s! Apparently, right up to menopause.


My mother was 46 when she had me


Please also keep in mind that any mother who is healthy enough to conceive/carry a pregnancy to term at an older age has a much greater likelihood of having the genes that help her live longer, particularly if it is her own egg. Research studies have show that those women often live to over 100.

By the way, I gave birth to my biological baby at age 45, my parents are in their 80's and healthy.


I had a daughter at 19, and I was in labour for 18 hours. I had one at 44 (unbeknownst to all of us), and he popped out in about 20 minutes. Much easier later in life!!!


My parents married at 27, and quickly had 3 children. When my mother was in her 40's, and going thru menopause, she got pregnant with me. My siblings are much older than me, they were getting married and going off to fight the Vietnam war as I was just starting kindergarten.


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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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  1. Anonymous says:

    hi , My neighbor had her 4th baby in her 40s . it was a baby girl and she is all most a year old now . I have something to ask I;am 43 years old i have not had a period about 8 years i have had a period off and on and that is it . can u get Pregnant ?

  2. texan1 says:

    Hi , i know this lady that was 41 and she had her 4th baby. now the baby is a year old and doing good. i wanted to ask something . I;am 43 and I have not had a period and like 8 years . I;ve had a peiod off and on and thats it. can I get Pregnant ?

  3. It looks like you still havent gone thru menopause, so chances are good. my family believes that women who want to have babies but have very irregular periods as yourself often need to go to a healer, some one who will massage your abdomen to prepare your body and help you become pregnant.

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