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I will be 44 when I have this baby

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, February 08, 2008 | 0 comments

I just found out I am pregnant. I am 43, I will be 44 when I have this baby. I have 3 kids - 24, 22, and 8 years old. This was NOT at all planned.


A woman I know from another board just got her BFP [big fat positive - pregnancy test] (it is her first child!!!) from a minimum stimulation IVF cycle with Dr. Zhang (the same guy I just starting seeing myself).

She is 44 years old, and will be 45 in a couple of months. Her FSH [follicle stimulating hormone] was 6.5 and E2 [Estrogen] was 112 (which of course means that her FSH was actually higher), and she BEAT the odds!!!

She has been trying naturally for a long time. She transferred 2, two day embies, and did Clomid only for 6 days I believe (from CD4 - CD10).

I am so excited I can barely stand it... (especially since I am also working with this same doctor!!!)


That said, I have plenty of personal examples of women conceiving naturally over 40:

- my mother had me when she was 40,
- my aunt had three kids after turning 40,
- my grandma had her last when she was almost 46... all naturally.


My doctor has had success using the estrogen priming protocol, a similar protocol that Patti was recently successful with at 44 (Yeah Patti!!).


It’s true for some women, but not true for others. Some women get pregnant easily in their mid-40s. Sorry, but its just the truth.

Do you think my aunt told a lie when she had her baby at 45? Do you think she just pushed a big pillow under her clothing, and lied to everyone about being pregnant? No, it was for real.


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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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