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My friend is 43, pregnant with her 1st

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, December 09, 2007 | 0 comments

My friend is 43 and pregnant with her 1st. We met at my IVF clinic in the waiting room last year. We were both waiting to go in for egg transfer, her 1st cycle and my 2nd cycle, we both got BFN's. We exchanged numbers that day and have become great friends. A year later, we both struck lucky on the 3rd cycle:

I am currently 12 weeks pregnant - 3rd IVF (I am 41)
She is 8 weeks pregnant - 3rd IVF


A story of encouragement --- my colleague from work was trying to cheer me up about us not getting pregnant for all this time. She told me that I was still young and to not give up. I knew she had been TTC #2 for a long time -- 9 years -- no breaks -- with some help for progesterone levels. Several miscarriages... One month her husband said, should we just give up--and she said, "Just one more month, then we'll give up".

And that was the month she got pregnant with her daughter, who really is the most gorgeous, charming, lovely girl I have ever met. She said that 9 years of suffering, resentment, sadness, and despair disappeared in an instant the day she saw her daughter's face. Oh -- and the best part? She was 48 when she got pregnant!


I'm 44 and due in January. This is my second child. My daughter is 15. When we first went to the stores looking at all the baby stuff, people assumed it was my daughter that was pregnant... What a shame, just tells you where our world is at. My husband will be 46 when Glenda is born, I think I'm going to make shirts for her that say: No, these aren't my grandparents!


My sister is 45, and just had her 6th. He wasn't planned, but what a sweetie and a blessing to the entire family. My sister's oldest is a sophomore in college. She and her husband celebrated their 25th anniversary 3 months after the baby was born!

She has a pretty 15 year old daughter and that has been the only hard thing... Many people have assumed that the baby is the daughter's.


I turn 44 tomorrow, and found out Sunday we are expecting #2.
I met my husband when I was 40, we married when I was 41 & had our daughter at 42.

With our daughter, I was going to start IF (IUI) when we found we got pregnant the "old fashioned way".

We have been trying for #2 since last December, but my husband was still over in Japan (Navy), so it was hard to TTC. I later found that I had scar tissue from my daughter’s c-section that had to be removed.

My husband came home in August & we did a IUI cycle with drugs, but it did not work. We were then in the process of moving to my husband’s new post, and could not do the next two IUI's.

Was about to get ready to start IOI this month, when the HPT came back positive on Sunday.

My IF nurses, OB/GYN & High Risk Doc. are so thrilled when I called them.
Now we just work on having a healthy baby & keep my blood sugar & blood pressure down, and hope Daddy makes it home before the birth of this next baby. - Brenda


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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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