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My mom had her 10th baby at 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, January 02, 2008 | 0 comments

My mom had her 10th baby at age 45 so I thought it was easier. The reality is that it is in God's hands. We can try to control through medical science, but in the end every child is a blessing from God.


Once, I had a talk with a woman who had a 6 month old baby and she was 44! But she had also had two children long before that. And this is what I think is key.

If you have never had a baby and try to conceive one at our age, our bodies just don't respond in the same ways they do when we're in our early reproductive years.

However, if at some point in our lives we had had a full term baby even once, our chances would have been better.


I have a friend who got pregnant and had a healthy kid at 46!!


I have several issues around all this, and luckily most of them are working out just fine.

I'm now 54, my husband is 46, so we have the younger mates issue as well, sometimes that is difficult.

The happy story is, I had a healthy wonderful baby girl at two days before my 45th birthday! She was conceived in the old fashioned way, but I did have some help and would like to share the following:

1. Acupuncture. Before Melissa was born, I had another pregnancy that ended in miscarriage. What is interesting, though, that both times I had acupuncture prior to conception (the first time NOT to conceive, although the acupuncturist said it often helps).

The second time I was in China (I'm from Finland originally, and my husband is American, we now live in New Jersey), and the acupuncturist there (who also was American) had been trained by someone who specialized in this, AND helping to carry baby to term.

2. So after conceiving the second time, he didn't recommend acupuncture anymore, but gave me Chinese herbs. I took them for a week and then once a week for five weeks. I had to cook them, strain them and cool them etc! I also traveled during this time back from China by air to San Francisco, then by train across America to New York, and although I was nauseous for the first three months, I had a healthy baby!

So my advice is, seek an acupuncturist who specializes in pregnancy and carrying baby to term. It was the combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs that I believe helped me to have my wonderful birthday present, as I always call her. - Anya


I have no problem with "older" (or younger) women having babies..
My mom had her 1st baby when she was 18 and her 5th baby when she was 38 yrs old.

My cousin who just turned 46 just had twins, plus she has a son & daughter who are in their mid-late 20's, heck she even has grandkids.


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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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