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Unexpectedly, here I sit 21w at 45y

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, October 20, 2007 | 0 comments

Hi, I'm 45, two children 18 and 20 and with new partner of 2 years (also early 50's and no kids)! We honestly thought my baby making days were probably over (my age and ectopic pregnancy many years ago).

So, unexpectedly, here I sit 21 weeks, very bumpful and healthy. I was initially devastated, very scared of the increased risk of problems and felt irresponsible getting pregnant at my age. Midwives, friends and family have been so supportive - treating me normally.... because that's what I am!

Only extra thing we have done is have the neucrofold scan at 13 weeks - all was fine. The stats tell us there are more risks at 45+, but they also say you still have much more chance of all being ok than not.

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So I let go of trying to control my body and relaxed. At age 45, I defied the experts and gave birth to my first child, a robust nine-pound girl, born during the time of the Olympic Games in Sydney. My faith in magic was restored.

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My mother had her last child at 44, and is still here enjoying her great-great grandchildren. I guess my point is none of us are sure of how long we will live. We could be killed in a freak accident, so age has nothing to do with that. You can't live your life being afraid of it.


Once women had large families and stopped having children when their bodies could no longer conceive. I am praying that God will again bless me with another child to add to my wonderful family. My life has such joy in it and I wouldn't change anything at all.

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My great-grandmother, who continued to have kids into her late forties told me her cycles were ALWAYS 3 days. No matter what.

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I was with a friend last night, who went through many miscarriages in her 40's. She has 4 living children ages 24, 12, 8 & 8 (twins) and in April of this year she had a perfect baby at the age of 47.

I think God keeps putting these people back in my life to give me hope.

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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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