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I had my first child at 43

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, May 03, 2008 | 2 comments

I am 47 years old and had my first child (a little boy named Daniel) at the age of 43 (almost 44). I am currently TTC [trying to conceive] and hope to be pregnant again soon.


Your doctor thinks women over 44 never get pregnant with their own eggs? He is a liar. My grandmother got pregnant at 44, with her own eggs. And there was no IVF [in vitro fertilization] back then!!


From a transcript I found of a Dr Beer online interview years ago…

dudette1 (Member Question) Dr. Beer- does your success rate for older women factor age of eggs?

Alan E. Beer, M.D. (Speaker) I do not believe in old eggs. I believe than some eggs in older women perform less well and are more prone for genetic abnormalities, but everything I know about "older" women has told me that they can become mothers safely to the age of 45.

dudette1 (Member Question) Dr. Beer- Regarding age - do you agree that "aging eggs" is as big a problem as most RE's [reproductive endocrinologist] -- if you have similar results, do you factor in "ovarian age" or aging eggs? Is this a myth?

Alan E. Beer, M.D. (Speaker) Based on my data, it is a myth.


I know someone who's grandmother had a baby at 52 - obviously natural because they didn't have IVF [in vitro fertilization] back then, and the child was the last of her 14 children.


I don't remember how long my cousin tried, but she got her 1st BFP [big fat positive - positive pregnancy test] when she was 45, and delivered at age 46. Don't give up.


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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:

    Thank you for sharing about your cousin.

    Thanks to the poster about her grandma! and thanks to everyone who posts their story!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Interesting interview with Dr. Beer.

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