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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, January 04, 2008 | 2 comments

Monday, my nurse practitioner [NP] called, and while we were discussing my instructions, she thought to tell me about another patient she had seen that day (without revealing the patient's name, of course). Her 45-year-old patient is pregnant -- naturally. This woman had her first child, now three, at age 42. Her FSH in July 2005 was 16.

About 3 months ago, my NP also mentioned to me a BFP [big fat positive - pregnancy test] she had called in that day to one of her 42-year-old IVF patients. I asked yesterday how that woman was doing, and was told that she had made it through her first trimester and is doing fine.

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My midwife has a patient that's pregnant and 47... 48 at delivery. I asked her if next time I'm pregnant, if my age would be a factor on whether she could take me as a patient or not. That's when she told me about this woman she'd just seen that day.


I told her that I knew some people that will want to hear about this one! She also told me this is the woman's FIRST pregnancy! I thought that made it even more spectacular.

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Some encouraging news! My dear friend from college, 43, had her baby last night. A healthy perfect 8 lb little girl! She has a 7 year oold daughter, has suffered numerous early losses, and a stillbirth 2 years ago.


She had testing done about a year ago, and was on Lovenox and high doses of Folic Acid throughout her pregnancy. But, other than a lot of close monitoring, her pregnancy was uneventful.

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I am now 49 (almost) and my daughter will be 3 in March. Got pregnant accidentally (can you believe it a woman of my age getting pregnant accidentally, oh my,) and the father only lasted about 6 months or so.


So -- single, going through menopause, with an almost 3-year old -- many tough days for sure. Would I change any single thing? No, my pregnancy was wonderful. I loved it, I love remembering it. Wish I could do it again over and over.

I was perfectly healthy (and I was a smoker), and I had the healthiest smartest (of course), most beautiful baby girl. Even thinking about it now, I get tears in my eyes. She has not suffered because I'm older -- there was no way I would have been the parent I am, when I was younger.

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I am 45 and discovered I am pregnant the day before Thanksgiving. Last year I had a "missed abortion" after seven weeks, and we've been trying for 15 months! ( I never wanted children until my 5 year-old nephew appeared!)


I was just about to change my insurance coverage, when I took the test. I know there is a 50/50 chance of miscarriage again, but I want to encourage you to try, since I squeaked by at the 5 percent rate!

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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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2 comments

  1. nawlenz says:

    #3919 (I think). The 49 year old who has a 3 year old?!? I applaud you. I feel the same way - about being at a point in life where I feel I would be the best mom. I know the consensus says do it when you are young (and get it over with). I dunno though, I feel now that I've done nearly everything I wanted to do. I don't feel I missed a beat. So that wondering if my life would have been different had I waited has moved on by the wayside. Would I have had more energy back then, probably. Would I have been more stresed out back then, probably. All I know is that I now live life understanding my grandmother's old sayings. Tomorrow is another day, don't worry about tomorrow, it's isn't here yet, 100 years from now who's going to know about it anyhow, worrying about it isn't going to solve a thing, I could go on. I think I can now just relax and enjoy the rest of my life (with child in tow) and not try to swim up stream. What ever happens happens and yes, I know all of the shorts cuts through Disney World and Universal Studious and the kid will just love it.

  2. Catherine says:

    nawlenz - thanks for sharing your grandmother's words of wisdom - they are so true! And congrats on your little one!

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