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Elizabeth, 48, 8 weeks pregnant

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, January 03, 2008 | 0 comments

Elizabeth S, 48 years old, 8 weeks pregnant:As for my story, I have one son conceived using donor eggs, he is 3 years old.

My husband and I had tried naturally since I was about 40 years old, and had numerous chemical pregnancies. I had my son in 2003 and conceived naturally in Setember 2004, lost that one at 7 weeks due to blighted ovum.

Then I became pregnant again immediately, and lost that pregnancy - it was a twin one, the one in the uterus miscarried and the other was ectopic out by my right ovary, fortunately it died at 7 weeks and was reabsorbed.

Since then I had a brief chemical pregnancy in 2005 and nothing since. My husband and I had moved on and accepted there would be no brother/sister for our son, and just made love when we felt like it without taking any precautions.

This month was what I would tactfully call a very brief liason about the time I was fertile, having a noisy and curious 3 year old puts paid to long romantic evenings, especially when he won't go to bed earlier than 9 PM!

So it was a huge surprise to find myself getting pregnancy symptoms about 3 weeks ago, and even more so to see a proper line on a HPT [home pregnancy test], I had a positive on a Clearblue Digital at what I guess was 10dpo [days past ovulation] (it was only about 22 days since my last period).
With my history of ectopic and blighted ovums etc., and our ages, it is hard to believe this pregnancy has a hope of producing a healthy baby one day but I am trying (not very successfully) to take things one day at a time.

At 48, I have mixed feelings about being so old with a newborn, I will still be 48, assuming all goes, when the baby is born. But all my female relatives had babies well into their late 40's, so know it is possible and they lived well into their 80's and 90's and reared happy healthy children.


NEW YORK -- Laura Bennett, a finalist on the third season of Bravo's "Project Runway," has welcomed her sixth child, a boy named Finn, a Bravo spokeswoman confirmed Monday.

The baby was born Friday in Manhattan to Bennett and her husband, Peter Shelton, who runs a design firm, Bravo's Bonita Lynch told The Associated Press. He weighed 8 pounds, Lynch said.

Bennett, 43, known for her glamorous evening wear, discovered she was pregnant while shooting the fashion reality show. She has four sons — Peik, 10; Truman, 7; Pierson, 4; and Larson, 3 with Shelton. She also has an 18-year-old daughter, Cleo, from a previous marriage.

My doctor says it is like rolling a die once each month. Sooner or later you are bound to roll your lucky number and everything will be perfect with the baby.

He told me about one of his patients who rolled badly 6 times and on the seventh roll, boom, her lucky number. Now, she started TTC [trying to conceive] at 41, and did not give birth to her healthy little boy until she was 47 but she did it. And naturally.

My doc specializes in high risk pregnancies as well as AMA [advanced maternal age] moms and moms to be. He delivers a 40 something a few times a month.


My husband worked with a couple who were married over 20 years and all of a sudden they were expecting. They didn't expect it either.

Did any one see the TV show "Special Delivery" a few days ago? There was a woman, 48 years old, hadn't had a period in 2 years, and was pregnant.

She didn't even know she was pregnant until she was 6 months along (she thought her menopause was "acting up"). She gave birth, at term & naturally, to a very healthy baby girl. It was her first child. She had never been pregnant before. Amazing!


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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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