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I'm the child of a 46y old mother

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, March 25, 2008 | 0 comments

I'm the child of a 46 year old mother - 46 and one week to be exact.

My husband's grandmother was in her mid 40's when she gave birth to 3 children. It can happen.


I'm 44 and 3/4's - so nearly 45!

I'm 20 weeks pregnant, "naturally". I've been trying to conceive for about 3 years, have had 2 natural pregnancies that didn’t work out (in the first year of trying at age 42), and then tried many attempts at IVF [in vitro fertilization] /Clomid/IUI [Intrauterine insemination] over the last 2 years - with some "success" in terms of one pregnancy that miscarried, and several egg transfers that failed to implant.

I've always had regular cycles and always appeared to be ovulating... I assume that is fairly significant when trying to conceive :-)

I'd just about started to think that maybe I was a bit too old and it wasn’t going to happen, but now I've just about accepted that I will be a mum!


The woman working there happened to have her own fertility issues, and began to share them with me, when the woman who had been sharing her birth story interrupted us and apologized for eavesdropping.

She said she thought she would share that she just had her second baby at 44 years old (her first was at 42 through IVF [in vitro fertilization] ).

Now, I will assume she had normal FSH [follicle stimulating hormone] , because I asked and she didn't know her FSH, and was never turned down at an RE [reproductive endocrinologist] , so obviously a bit different from the ladies here, but I was still encouraged because she was told she had a 1% chance of having a baby.

She said that she used her own eggs, and this last IVF was going to be her last try with her own before moving to donor egg. (She couldn't recall her protocol because all that info thankfully went away, and has been replaced in her mind by new baby info.)


I will be 47 in July, my baby is due on 8/23.

This is my first child. I am not married, it would have been my preference to have a partner, but...........

Oh well. I'm thrilled and feel very, very lucky and blessed.


Well I'm 44 1/2 almost, and may possibly be pregnant with my 4th.

Unplanned, unexpected... and not sure how I feel. I'm about 8 - 10 days late on my period... it's happened before, around October for the last 2 years, but I for some reason decided to take an at home pregnancy test today and it showed positive... I'm in Shock.

Really not expecting this, and unfortunately, not sure I really want this to happen... Haven't told hubby as yet, and not sure how to do it.


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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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