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I'm 48 & 16 weeks pregnant

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, May 19, 2008 | 1 comments

Try to look at the bright side, your odds are almost always in favour of a healthy baby.

I'm 48 and 16 weeks pregnant, and grateful that all is going well. I had a Nuchal Translucency Test at 12 weeks, which was very positive even though it's not 100% (about 95% I think).

Another scan due at 20 weeks. I've just got over the sickness which was bad enough since week 6, but my energy is as good as ever, especially since there's very little to carry yet. I wasn't overweight starting out which I think helps and I work from home, which helps a lot. So I'm optimistic about this unasked for gift -- it can be done.


I personally think if you are fit and healthy, age should be a secondary consideration. My friend's mum was 49 when she was born, and had another baby at 52, both perfectly healthy.


Hi everybody - great to hear some older mums-to-be and hopefuls.

I'm 46 and 22 weeks pregnant, and everything seems to be progressing nicely. Had my first little girl at 42, and she is perfect. Due in June - really looking forward to new addition to family.

Had nuchal scan at 13 weeks. This measures fat pad at back of baby's neck and provides risk factor for Downs and other chromosome disorders. It is very simple just involves a blood test and scan - nothing invasive.

Depending on outcome you will be offered amnio which has some risks. I had nuchal scan on both - this time odds went from 1 in 9 to 1 in 170 so I completely relaxed.

Also had miscarriage March 05 and May 06 at 8 and 9 weeks. Gynae did not make issue of age or discourage me from trying - so I say go for it.


Lynne Dusenberry, an anthropologist, tells of her teacher willing herself into a trouble-free menopause after having her last baby at 45.


I am 45, and just found out last week I am expecting. I was trying for the last few months, but no medical intervention. I visited my nurse practitioner in March, and she said she saw not reason I should have any trouble conceiving. Guess I didn't.

Lots of scary news and info out there. I hope all goes well.


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