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7 mths pregnant in mid to late 40's

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, May 11, 2008 | 1 comments

Ladies, thought I'd share at this board...

I was in grocery store last month and at the coffee counter I can't help overhearing this woman (not a Young Woman at all) going on and on about baby this, baby that, we'll need this, we have that...

I start looking at her and really can't tell at all if she is pregnant or newly pregnant or what?! She is gabbing to a friend quite loudly and saying stuff like, "with our history" etc. and I start worrying for her - thinking oh no, she is newly pregnant with some treatment and she is feeling so confident... What if something doesn't go right - you know what I mean, just sort of wondering at her situation.

Well, I get up to the counter and the lady serving the counter says to me, "Quite a surprise for her...she used to work here and just found out she's 7 mos. pregnant!" I'm totally shocked and the lady goes on to tell me the rest -"Her and her husband tried for over 10 years and decided to give up, then she starts having these twisty feelings in her stomach, going thru her change of life she figures, goes and gets an ultrasound done, and she is actually nearly 7 months pregnant!"

Can you believe this!! ?? Well, I nearly didn't but on my way out, the pregnant lady comes walking in with her ultrasound pictures and I just have to stop and say something so I do, she ends up showing me these pictures of a perfectly formed baby in the ultrasound and truly about 6 3/4 mos pregnant!!

I say to her, 'Did you really not know you were pregnant?" & she says, "No, I've never been pregnant, didn't know what it would feel like, I've never been a slim person, so didn't notice any extra weight going on either!!! -" she says, "I wouldn't believed it myself if the u/s tech hadn't shown me the screen and these pictures!" --
Isn't this an AMAZING STORY!! Here she must of been in her late or mid-40's to be thinking she was going into the change of life and now she is sanding down a dresser set, and gathering baby gear!!

God is Amazing and that story and happening has been a little boost for me over the course of the summer as my husband and I struggle along for TTC#2.... [trying to conceive]
Definitely possible!!! My mom had a child at 46, so I know it can be done!!!


My name is Lisa, and I’m 45 and 13 weeks pregnant. What a surprise!! It’s like a new world, although I have two daughters 22 and 19.


My RE [reproductive endocrinologist] had an embryo transfer earlier that day, and it was the wildest thing. The woman was 47 years old (dear lord -- even older than me!) and was using donor eggs from her 40-year-old sister!!!!

I said, "40 years old? Are those eggs even any good? Aren't donors usually in their 20's or their 30's at the oldest?" He said that this donor's eggs were just exceptionally good and she was incredibly fertile -- she produced 21 GOOD eggs and they put the three best ones into her 47 year old sister.

I guess the point of this story is that we hear all the time that we're too old, we can't have babies, our babies will have 3 heads and we're basically horrible, stupid women for even thinking about getting pregnant... As Carol pointed out with her pregnancy, as my friend proved with her pregnancy and perfect birth (at almost 44) and as my RE's story proves... There are exceptions to the rule.

Why can't WE be those exceptions, too? Trust me, I'm a fact type of gal, and I know the odds are against us. But if I'd listened to Newsweek's stupid predictions twenty years ago, I would've had a better chance of getting hit by an airplane than getting married like I did at 41! :-)


Pregnant at 47 – Even With Blocked Tubes - I’m 47 and both myself and my husband had fertility problems, I have a blocked fallopian tube and my husband has a low sperm count.

We were desperate for a child, and felt that time was running out for us – I’m going to be 50 in two years and 3 months! We tried ICSI [Intracytoplasmic sperm injection] treatment, but after 4 tries they failed. We even tried adoption but they turned us down.

We saw your website and decided to give your methods a try. My husband got involved too, and after 3 months of doing everything you’ve said, we have finally conceived.

Thanks for being there for us. - Penelope Costa

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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. Anonymous says:

    Hi - just wanted to tell you that I had my first child at 38 years and my second at almost 43 years. Both pregnancies healthy, kids too! One early miscarriage before each successful pregnancy. Since all were conceived naturally, I'm worried I might have a few more kids if I don't watch out!

    Thanks for this inspiring, wonderful website!


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