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Aunt Kate was in her mid to late-40's

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, May 13, 2008 | 0 comments

Anyway, on the pregnancy deniers, I have a funny story. My great Aunt Kate married in her 20's, and tried very hard to get pregnant. Never did, and she and my uncle Jimmy just gave up, assumed it wasn't in the cards for them. They were always sad about it.

This was a long long time ago, so there wasn't much doctors could do for infertility. Then when my Aunt Kate was in her mid to late-40's, her period stopped. She assumed, reasonably so, that it was menopause. She and her doctor attributed her other physical symptoms to menopause also. But then when her stomach began to swell, they feared cancer. It never occurred to them that she was pregnant. Not after all those years, and not at her age.

It was only when she felt the baby, my cousin Denise, kicking that she figured it out. And I don't think she realized what she was feeling until she was quite far along. It you weren't looking for it, you would not necessarily be aware of a baby kicking for quite a while, I think. That was well over 50 years ago.


Sometimes life surprises us, my aunt's kids were grown and having kids of their own, when she thought she hit menopause and really was pregnant. She is enjoying this child more than she ever could when she was young, and had her first two.


I have known 3 people who had tubals, and years later got pregnant unexpectedly.

I have known 3 women going through menopause (not finished yet), getting pregnant when they thought they couldn’t. My grandmother had her last baby at 45 because of this.

And MANY women believed dumb doctors when they told us there is no chance in hell you will get or ever get pregnant again. I was one of them that was told I would never have children without a chemistry lab. They were wrong.


The oldest woman I have delivered was 44 years old, and it was her first. She did great. I am in great shape and so is my husband. I want to know what others have experienced with women this age.

I was pregnant five months ago, but had a very early miscarriage, so I know I could get pregnant. I am now using over-the-counter Progesterone cream to help maintain my hormones. What experience do others have with women in their 40's having babies?


A friend delivered baby number 13 at home at 43 years old, with no complications. If you saw her, you'd swear she was younger than 35!


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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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