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I am 8 weeks pregnant & nearly 50

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, April 09, 2008 | 0 comments

I am 8 weeks pregnant now, and feeling very well. I'm having a lot of fun not telling people yet. Today my younger friends and fellow mums of toddlers, were speculating who would be the next one pregnant. No one even considered it could be me (I'm nearly 50).

Four weeks from now I'll surprise them. I'm a little bit nervous though, because 2 years ago I started to bleed at 8 1/2 weeks, and miscarried at 10. This time round I'm a lot healthier and feel more confident.


I was born 4 1/2 years later, when she was almost 45. She always said that her children made her feel young, and that she never had anything until she had her children.


My mother was 40, and had been married for 20 years when she had her first baby, my brother. She had given up all hope that she would ever have children and back in the 1940's, 50's, and 60's there really was not any fertility treatments that could be offered.

She was almost 45 when her second baby - that's me - was born. My husband and I celebrated her and my dad's 50th anniversary at our wedding reception.


I have 2 daughters one born when I was 42, and my second when I was 45. My girls have many cousins in the Netherlands, my husband moved to Australia from Holland in 1997.


I was 44 when I got pregnant the first time... all natural. It took us 18 months, and only after giving up on doing herbal stuff (because none of it was working for me) and refusing to do IVF [in vitro fertilization] .

The first time resulted in a miscarriage at 9 weeks, but 2 months later I was pregnant again and am now 45 years old, 36 weeks and 4 days pregnant with a big healthy baby boy.

I am huge and uncomfortable, and have a haemorrhoid the size of Texas but other than that my blood pressure is fine and blood sugar is good. People kept telling us just to relax during those 18 months of trying... That we were trying too hard, and it used to make me mad.

But after the miscarriage we really weren't even trying and were no longer doing any treatments or herbal stuff. We had just gotten back from vacation in Orlando Florida, and had had a great time and then it just happened.

So... as much as I hate to admit it - maybe those people were right.


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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 that 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 that there will be no more babies in our house.

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