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I'm going to have a baby at 47

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, March 11, 2008 | 0 comments

I just found out yesterday, through a home pregnancy test that I'm going to have a baby. I'll be 47 in April. I have two teenage daughters. It was such an unexpected surprise. My husband and I are so happy. I have the same doubts and confusions as everyone else.

For example, I'll have a three year old baby when I'm 50! But we have decided to take it one day at a time. I am really happy and excited about re-living our lives through the eyes of a young child.

Trips and holidays are so much more fun and exciting. I think it's a great thing. If you are ready for it psychologically, then definitely go for it. I really do believe it will make your marriage stronger and bring you happiness.


I had three children in my 30’s (31, 34, 36), and my fourth when I was 44! And I think this runs in the family - my older sister had her second at 42.

It was a shock to the mental/emotional system, rather than the physical/spiritual. My doctor said that bearing children in your 40’s isn’t rare anymore. They did suggest having the plethora of tests which we decided against - knowing this child has already joined our family.

After we announced the 4th pregnancy several women from our church came up to me and told their similar stories, having the bulk of their children in their 20's, early 30's and then boom - pregnant at 40, 42, etc.

The same advice they all offered - it keeps you young. And it’s true. I feel that having a baby in my 40s - it’s like grandparenting. I am more relaxed, more focused on him and not distracted by what I’m “missing”, choosing to be a SAHM [stay-at-home mom].


I was thinking of friends this morning…. and I have a friend at church who delivered her first children at 46. Twin boys! She handled it all beautifully!


My husband and I married in our late 30’s. I had my first child two months shy of my 40th birthday. After several years of trying and being disappointed (okay - distraught is more like it!), we finally conceived again.

Our little blessing was just born last month … I’m 44! I do sometimes think about how old I’ll be when my children are in their 40’s, but I know our two are gifts from God and answers to prayer.

We might not have as many years with them as younger parents, but we’re going to do all we can to cherish each year we do have. (Older parenting also runs in our family. My dad was 47 when I was born and his parents were 40 & 50 when he was born. It’s fun to be able to tell my son that my grandparents lived when Abraham Lincoln was president!)


On a related note, my grandmother was 44 when she had my mother. (in 1947, very pre-IVF [in vitro fertilization] ) And I for one am really glad she did.


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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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