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Born 2 months before my 44th birthday

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, October 15, 2007 | 0 comments

I conceived naturally a month or so after I turned 43, she was born 2 months before my 44th birthday. Happy and healthy


The 46 year old speaks very poor English but her cousin happens to be the embryologist who works with my RE. Here is what I learned from both of them.

The woman has a 20 year old daughter and, at age 45, was experiencing menopausal symptoms - hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats and insomnia. She was going to begin HRT when she decided to do a colon cleanse first. She found a good cleanse at a health food store and some herbal tea and changed her diet, and increased her fiber and water consumption for a period of 30 days. She is an Amway distributor and also started taking some very high quality vitamins that they sell.

She said within the month, she felt 100% better and virtually all of her symptoms had disappeared. There was no need for her to start the HRT since she was feeling so much better. Low and behold, in another two months, she discovered she was pregnant. One year ago in August, at the age of 46+, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl.


I also got a call from a 44 year old friend who just did IVF about a week before me. She got a BFP - and had transferred 8 not-so-hot embies! Just goes to show you, you never know.


I answered the poll as one who gave birth at the age of 45. I conceived at 44, and I was 45 and 2 months old when I gave birth to a beautiful, perfectly healthy girl after an uneventful pregnancy.

Just so you know, I used my own eggs (well, just one). I don't know how it escaped me that conceiving my first at age 44 might be a little difficult, but I was newly married at 43, and we just kept trying. I kept BBT charts, and was attuned to my fertile time. I did not take any supplements, other than folic acid.

All I can say is that the "less than 3% chance of conceiving" that I was given by the RE turned out to be all the chance I needed. Don't give up.


Posted By Stacy Y. on 2006-08-25
My husband and I TTC for nearly 4-1/2 yrs and were unsuccessful. At ages 46 and 42, we decided apply for adoption program within the county where we live. Before we completed adoption classes on 3/2004, we found out that we conceived 2/2004. Unfortunately, we miscarried 5 weeks along.

My OB/GYN encouraged me by saying that at least we knew I had the capability to get pregnant. My younger sister had done research on estrogen dominance, of which I had many of the symptoms. So, after the miscarriage, I started progesterone cream treatment, and two months later, we were pregnant! We had a healthy, full-term pregnancy and gave birth to a beautiful little girl, one month before I turned 43.

I have been very uncertain about having another child at my age (I'm 44 now), but after reading all of these wonderful and encouraging comments, maybe we will TTC this year!


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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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