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I'm 49 & have a 6 wk old son

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, March 05, 2008 | 0 comments

I'm 49 and have a 6 week old son, so don't let the doomsayers tell you you're too old. I have a 27, 25 & 16 year old. Amazingly, all with the same husband. This last one was a total surprise.

I had been on birth control pills for most of the last 28 years, except when pregnant with the other three. At 48, thought surely I was too old to get pregnant and stopped taking them.

Within 3 months, guess what? And it's not like we're honeymooners or anything. I couldn't believe the test when I took it. I kept turning it every which way, but there's only so many ways to read a positive test.


However, I wanted to share this in the hopes that it might make you feel a little better. I personally know of 2 women (one is an acquaintance and one is my best friend's grandmother) who both got pregnant at 46, unexpectedly, and had completely healthy babies.

If I can know of two such women in my life, I think it means that healthy late-age pregnancies may not be all that rare, regardless of what the doctors say when they look at their statistics. I would like to think this means there's a better chance than you may think (based on the doctor's awful statistics) that all will work out for your guys too.


Here is one encouraging story I want to share with you about a women I know.

She started trying to get pregnant in her mid-late thirties. No luck. She went on to try IVF [in vitro fertilization] - over and over again - all to no avail, even though the doctors could find nothing technically "wrong" with her or her husband.

After years of this she and her husband decided to adopt. But even that kept falling through - as they got close to adopting one child, it would fall through at the last minute - repeatedly!

Finally, into her 40s, after all the pain their pregnancy and adoption attempts created, they decided that it just wasn't meant to be and made peace with not having kids. At the age of 46 she didn't get her period.

She thought she was starting an early menopause but found out she was pregnant! She is now the mother of a completely healthy son who's probably about 8 or 9 now. I know this woman personally. Please use this story as inspiration!


OK, so my grandma had my dad at 46 (in 1928!), and my other grandma had my uncle at 45 (in 1956). And you KNOW there were no fertility anythings back then. So I say yes, yes, yes it IS possible!


Yes 45 year old's get pregnant all the time.... I work in an OB/GYN [obstetrician/gynecologist] medical office, and have several patients who are in their 40's, and a couple in early 50's.


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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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