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I know many women who got pregnant in their 40's

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, October 19, 2007 | 0 comments

Please do not give up hope - I know many women in a similar position who are in their forties and got pregnant, and had babies either through IVF and naturally - oldest of which is 44.

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I worked with a woman who thought she was starting menopause at 47, and turns out she was pregnant! Everything turned out just fine, she had lovely twin girls, but it was a shock to her and her family. She had two grown sons at the time.

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I think as long as you are still getting regular periods, and haven’t started menopause, you can get pregnant, I’m 44, I’ve just entered a relationship that has become quite serious, and we are planning to start trying in a few months,


I think we all know our bodies and women can function and be pregnant well in their 40's. I had a aunt who got pregnant at 49 and a bit.

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I guess what I would want to know, were I in your shoes, is can you be more specific? In other words, what are the chances of birth at, say, 30 weeks or earlier? As one who was pregnant with twins at 44 (and despite APAs and NK cell problems, still delivered at term, thankfully), I know I had these milestones I checked off.

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I decided to give my baby a chance thanks to those who sent messages to me. I went for a nuchal scan and blood test for downs last week and its come back as a one in two chance of downs etc. I am having an ammnio on August 22nd to see if baby is downs. My nuchal scan revealed 4.5mm and the norm is 2mm. I don’t know what I will do if my baby is downs, don’t know if I will be strong enough to terminate or be able to bring up a child with downs either at my grand old age of 51.


Does anyone out there have any experience of downs and if so can you give me some advice? I am so confused having gotten this far the father is out of the picture so just me and my 13 year old son now. Many thanks for taking the time to read this take care Linda

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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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