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My daughter was born 2m before I turned 43

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, January 14, 2008 | 0 comments

My daughter was born 2 months before I turned 43. I got pregnant with my own eggs. It's actually not that rare. We've had successful, full-term, live birth pregnancies here at age 47 with the mother's own eggs.

ONE MOTHER'S STORY - Pamela Laycock, 50, had her son Toby at the age of 45.

As a teenager, Ms Laycock assumed motherhood would begin in her early 20s - that she would meet someone at 21, marry soon and be a twentysomething mother.

But now, Ms Laycock, 50, a successful career woman, doesn't regret not having her first child until she was 45: "I think being an older mum certainly means you've got more experience to draw on. You've probably got all those things out of your system - like travelling. If someone had told me at the age of 15 or 16 that that wasn't going to be the case, I would have been absolutely mortified. But in hindsight I'm very pleased it turned out the way it did."
Ms Laycock and Derek, 48, her partner of 16 years, had son Toby, six last Sunday, through IVF. Despite spending some £14,000 on treatment, she was delighted when it was successful after two attempts.

"I probably have more energy than most, but I made a conscious decision that, after the age of 45, I would have given up trying."


Dawn Airey - BSkyB's controller said last month that she was to become a mother, after her lesbian partner Jacquie Lawrence announced she was pregnant. Ms Airey, 46, has shared a home with Ms Lawrence, a film-maker and gay rights activist in her forties, for four years. Ms Airey and Ms Lawrence are said to be "absolutely thrilled", and according to friends, can't wait to become parents.


Patricia Hodge - The Lincolnshire-born actress, well-known for her role as Phyllida Erskine-Brown in Rumpole of the Bailey, gave birth to sons Alexander and Edward in her forties, after 12 years of infertility.

Hodge is realistic about some of the drawbacks of being an older mother: "If you have children in your twenties when you are still young and active, you can run around with them all day. I dread to think how I will feel when I am in my sixties and having to deal with adolescents."

I am TTC [trying to conceive], and I was 45 in October. Have 20 month old son, whom I gave birth to at age 43.5, conceived him naturally and had no problems. I would love for him to have a baby sister or brother, but have been TTC for 3 months now with no luck yet.

I really like reading the inspiring stories on this site. By the way, both my grandmothers gave birth in their 40's. My dad's mom had him when she was 45.

Image: Pregnancy After 40: 40 Things No One Told You About Being Pregnant Over 40 (Pregnancy Plan Series), by Jill Conrad, Pregnancy Support Institute. Publisher: Pregnancy Tips (August 14, 2012)Pregnancy After 40: 40 Things No One Told You About Being Pregnant Over 40 (Pregnancy Plan Series)
by Jill Conrad, Pregnancy Support Institute

-- So you're over 40 and you've decided to get pregnant. You are not alone.

A growing number of women are waiting to have a baby until they are over 40.
This book will reveal:

♥ How you can have a healthy baby in your forties (in spite of all the warnings).
♥ What the biggest risks are and what you can do about them (it may not be as bad as you think)
♥ The 3 most important things you can do to have a healthy baby after 40 (you might already be doing some of them)
♥ Why older mothers often make better parents (the surprising reason)
♥ The one thing you should do every night to keep you fertile and able to conceive naturally (it takes 5 minutes)
…and Much More!

So get started and discover how to have the safest pregnancy and the healthiest baby when you are over 40 and pregnant.

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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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