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My grandmother had 3 - all in her 40's

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 0 comments

Image: Pregnancy Couple, by Beccalee on PixabaySome people simply refuse to believe women over 40 years old can get pregnant.

I have a girlfriend who thinks that way.

She always assumes any woman over 40 years old could only have gotten pregnant using a Donor Egg.

My grandmother had three children - all born in her 40s.

And, there was no such thing back then as donor eggs.

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Not Impossible!!

My ex-husband's mother conceived him when she was 45 years old (naturally, of course, since that was 48 years ago).

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I had my baby when I was 45 years old, using my own eggs.

I went to the Centre for Human Reproduction, Dr. Karande.

They followed my cycle with ultrasound and blood-work - had only one folly [follicle].

We did back-to-back IUIs [Intrauterine insemination], and an HCG trigger shot [injection of the synthetic form of this hormone will prompt ovulation].

I will never forget the call from the nurse: You have a positive beta test!

Our RE [reproductive endocrinologist] was in disbelief, but so thrilled for us!!!

It does happen, don't give up!!!

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I was just out tonight with a friend, who told me she was born when her mother was 45 years old.

My friend is a very bright woman, so she was definitely from a good egg

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My RE [reproductive endocrinologist] has a patient who used DHEA [Dehydroepiandrosterone] at 44 years old - when nothing else worked.

She waited four months after starting, did one more IUI [Intrauterine insemination], and got pregnant after four years of trying.


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Catherine

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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