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Women over 40 pregnant at same rate as under 40

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, September 30, 2007 | 0 comments

"Women over 40 were getting pregnant at the same rate as women under 40," Paulson says. "We realized that women had not one biological clock but two. The biological clock for the egg gets very weak at 40. The uterus and the rest of the reproductive tract seems to do just fine."


Expert: Lawrence Jay Rappaport M.D.
Date: 7/23/2005
Subject: Pregnancy & age
Nowadays, many women do not attempt to start a family until their careers are started, and there are many more women over the age of 35 that are just becoming pregnant. I have several women who are over 45. If a woman has a regular period, she is most likely ovulating and should have no problem conceiving.


Well, I am 45 and pregnant again too. I had my last child 15 months ago. Thought he was a miracle. Now I am 12 weeks pregnant. So far everything is great. People, Well what can you say about them.. Their first reaction could be tough, but if they love you it won't matter. Really it doesn’t matter what they think. If you and your hubby are happy, who cares. I also have a 21, 17, 15 year old. How that's for starting over........


I am 45 and eight weeks pregnant. We were pretty stunned as I had just had liposuction two weeks before we found out I was pregnant. I wanted to get rid of the last of the belly fat from my previous pregnancy. My daughter is 2 1/2. I had her one month before my 43rd birthday. Before my daughter was conceived we were told by a Stanford Hospital fertility expert, Dr. Lynn Westfall, that our chances were not good because of my age and inability to conceive all throughout my thirties.

We were going to try everything, but before we started any of the treatments I ended pregnant with my daughter! We can't even believe that I am accidentally pregnant again at 45. We're hoping everything works out.


Ben and I are over 45, expecting our first. Combined we have 9 adult kids. We are expecting twins. We are at my aunt's beach house because of how rude people can be with their comments. We both have public jobs and this week I began to show, and the stares are driving us nuts. We both go back to work in a couple of days, and are nervous.

Perhaps it is unusual at our age, but our babies are fine and we are happy. Our other children were at the beginning of who we wanted to be. Now we know who we are, we enjoy every second. We both knew the risks, but we would not trade for the world.

Telling people is tough we thought, till our local beach gossip paper took our picture and suggested happy living or and put question mark. We know they thought joke. Wait till they find out the bulge is happy living and Babies.

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by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs

-- In 1996, Dr. Richard Paulson assisted a 63-year-old woman to conceive using in vitro fertilization with a donor egg, and she became the oldest woman in the world to give birth.

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Rewinding Your Biological Clock is a unique exploration of each of these issues, especially the "how-to" of peri- and post-menopausal pregnancy.

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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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