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My aunts in their late 40's having babies

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, February 11, 2008 | 1 comments

I've known kids with younger parents, (one of my friends and husband's niece had children at 16/17 years old), older parents (some of my first cousins are my daughter's age - my aunts/uncles were in their late 40's having them), and being raised by grandparents.

And mostly - when the kids are younger, all the parents seem old to them regardless of actual age. When they are old enough to get the difference, they find them embarrassing for other reasons. Although, in my opinion, the teenage children of parents who had them really young are more embarrassed than those with older parents.


Oh, and my doctor also said that as we get closer to menopause, our ovaries can shoot eggs out at random with no warning, as last ditch efforts. She has worked with women who thought they didn't ovulate, but out of the blue, got pregnant. Their charts showed no ovulation. I didn't know this was possible.

She is about 50+ years old, by her looks, and has a set of 6 year old twins. She said that when she conceived, she ovulated the day before AF [Aunt Flo - menstural period]. She had her period, and found out she was pregnant shortly after that. I don't know how she knew she ovulated that day, but I believe her.

She also said that a really hot night of sex, is all it takes for some women to pop that egg out. Maybe that's why some women get pregnant after giving up the job of TTC [trying to conceive]. They go back to BD'ing [Baby Dancing - baby-making s*x] for the enjoyment, which I haven't done in so long.


I'll be 46 in March and I'm due to deliver a baby girl at the end of April.

I had my last child 14 years ago, my first 24 years ago.

I wanted to have another baby because I was in a new relationship. I had the blood work done and was told that my FSH [follicle stimulating hormone] was 'borderline' (11.6 at ovulation). I was still ovulating, but it was getting tougher.

I became pregnant on the first try though, but that fetus miscarried at 4.5 weeks. I went to a fertility expert a week later, he looked at my ovaries via ultrasound, and basically told me that I only had a few eggs left and that those were well past their sell-by date.

He told me frankly that I had less than a 1% chance of conceiving and carrying a fetus past 7 weeks. Turns out, I got pregnant again the next week, and here I am in my 7th month!


Well, can you add me to your board. I am the oldest of all of you at 48. This is not planned but we have been married 21 years and there are a lot worse things then another baby.

We have five healthy children, Steven, 01/87, Jonathan,12/89, Joshua, 07/91, Jessica 03/95 and Samantha 05/01! We had seven years of no children, and all together I have had 23 miscarriages. My doctor said she had never known a woman to conceive naturally after the age of 44, without help.

I didn't believe her for 4 years, and then started feeling safe...... Well, here we are!

By the way, on the grad thread, the oldest thus far on the board was also a natural conception at 48 with delivery happening just before the 49th birthday. It came as a complete surprise for both she and her partner.

Her baby was a healthy boy delivered in 2005. Unfortunately BabyCenter deletes old threads, and she no longer posts with us on the grad thread as being a single working mom is quite a job. I remember her posting pics of herself and belly and baby, and she looked great. I believe it was a fairly uneventful pregnancy.

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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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  1. Tina says:

    This business of not knowing any woman to conceive past age 44 without help is such bunk. I just looked back through four generations of my family tree and found that my great-great grandmother, born in 1810, had her last baby at age 50, as well as one at age 42 and another at 45. Great-grandmother, last at age 45. Grandmother, last at age 46, almost 47. That's only looking back four generations and in one line of the family - but this is the straight-up paternal line, none of these women shared any genetics; a long fertility life just seemed to be the norm. My guess is real food, physical work, and lack of chemical exposure all had something to do with it.

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