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I'm another 45y old mother to-be

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, February 13, 2008 | 0 comments

I'm another 45 year-old mother to-be, and will be almost 46 1/2 when the baby is born late summer. No interventions, and one miscarriage at 44 after six weeks.

My Down's risk was 1 in 18 before my nuchal translucency/blood test, and was thankfully decreased to 1 in 185 afterwards. I'm feeling very thankful, and will get another ultrasound and probably an amnio at 18 weeks.

Love hearing other 45 and over stories! - Pamela


Well, it was great to hear of other mothers over 45. I am 48, and just found out I am pregnant. I had a baby at 42 which I felt I was a dinosaur then. Wow, do I feel like a dinosaur now!!

The doctor had told me she didn't know any woman over 44 who had conceived on her own. Well, I told her to change the story to over 48.


I am 46 too, and pregnant naturally. I didn't even know for weeks since periods have been weird for more than a year. I am laying low until my NT [Nuchal translucency ultrasound] on Friday. (Congrats on your good results!!)

I am having trouble getting my mind around all this, if you know what I mean. Hang in there, Colliemom


I will be 44 in April, and am 5 weeks pregnant with my 7th child... YIKES! My children are 21, 18, 15, 10, 4 and 2.

All are happy about it (the youngest two don't know or care) but the 15 year old had problems with the news. What’s up with that?


I am 44 years old, and 30 weeks and 2 days pregnant with my first child,
a little boy. I will be 45 when he is born. It was not my intention to
do it this late, but I did not meet my husband until age 39 and we
married at age 41 (he was 10 days shy of his 44th birhtday).

We decided to wait a year before trying to conceive just to settle in as a married couple, get to know each other, and to save enough to get a house.
After that we tried and were unsuccessful fo 1 1/2 years.

I was tested and he was tested. My tests came back normal but his sperm count results were slightly low. Although he has daughter (now 20) from a
previous marriage, they think it was due to a large varicose vein on one
of his testicles plus the blood pressure meds he is now taking.

His doc wanted to do surgery but we said no, and decided that if God did not give us a baby of our own within the next few months then we would just
. We did not want to do IVF [in vitro fertilization] since it is so costly (neither of our insurances convers it). Plus we have moral issues with it.

In April of 2006, I discovered I was pregnant. We were overjoyed and told everyone. Then at the end of the 8th week I started spotting. I ended up having a miscarriage at week 9 due to a blighted ovum which was one of the most painful things (more emotional than physical) I have ever experienced in my adult life.

The most painful was having to tell everyone since we told everyone we knew about the pregnancy. Some were sympathetic and supportive, but others said some well meaning but insensitive things. I was often reminded on my age, and told not to get my hopes up to high.

One woman even had the audacity to say "I told you so". I did not have a
D&C [Dilation and curettage] and bled for 2 1/2 weeks. After that I went through 2 dry weeks and had another very strange, very heavy 3 day period.

Then in August 2006 I found out I was pregnant again. Since I was already 7 weeks along by the time I got to the OB/gyn it must have happened in July, which was less than 2 months after the miscarriage.

Now we are at 7 1/2 months, and according to the ultrasound the baby is perfectly good and healthy. All other tests checked out normal also.

I would love to do a home birth, but hubby is against it so we have just finished Bradley natural birth classes, have turned in a birth plan - and if all goes well and there are no complications - we plan to do a hospital birth au naturel with no drugs.


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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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