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Very fatiguing to be pregnant at 44

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, October 22, 2007 | 0 comments

After getting out BFP we were thrilled but cautiously optimistic. I did bloodwork right away to see if I needed supplementary progesterone, but my levels were fine. We did the nucal fold test, which looked good, but still opted to do an amnio.

We were on a delayed honeymoon when we got the results back: all the chromosomes were lined up perfectly and the baby was a girl! The first 29 weeks of the pregnancy have gone very smoothly — no problems except that it is very fatiguing to be pregnant at 44 — I have literally taken a couple of naps a day throughout the pregnancy.

It is funny that this pregnancy came when it did: I had gotten mentally weary of wishing for a baby. At the New Year I decided that we would continuing “trying” only up until my birthday ( April 1); we got our positive results on March 22. I can’t help but believe that love was the magic “supplement” —not present in all our lab adventures but very much a part of our daily life

My husband is 10 years younger than me and I think it probably helps!!! I delivered a healthy baby boy on June 7, 2006 - my first child, second pregnancy. I had a miscarriage at 11 weeks in January 2005 and got pregnant with my little guy about 6 months later. I will be 45 in October.

We are TTC #2 right away. The stakes seem less high this time but we really would like another, so what the heck...? I had a great pregnancy and natural delivery.


I have a friend who had twins at 55 via IVF w/ donor's eggs......... and oh, she looked gorgeous with her belly sticking out at six month, seven month etc uneventful... uncomplicated pregnancy and grey haired and all.......just beautiful

She inspired me and also my sister gave birth to her 3rd child at 45 and the doctor has told her to keep going... if she wanted...

A few other women I knew personally conceived naturally and by surprise at age 47!

I had my daughter 3 months shy of my 40th birthday. My sis, her son at 41. It HAS taken me longer to lose the weight and recover than my 20 something neighbour but I accept that. I had a grandmother who had her last at 54.


There are so many women who get natural pregnant in their 43, 44, 45 and over! Just yesterday, my husband told me about a sister of an acquaintance of him who got first time pregnant at 48, when she thought to be in menopause. Now the "baby" is a wonderful girl 12 years old!

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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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