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Just got my BFP today & I'm 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, May 28, 2008 | 0 comments

I just got my BFP [big fat positive - positive pregnancy test] today and I'm 45! This is my 4th pregnancy since I've been 43 1/2.

So, it definitely can be done. I'm hoping this one sticks.
-- Susan - trying for 1st at 45.


I had several RE [reproductive endocrinologist] consults recently and one of the RE's told me this story.

A woman came in to the emergency room complaining of a stomach flu. This RE was in residency and got her as a patient. Was real nervous because of being a newly minted doctor, but said her symptoms didn't present as stomach flu.

Put a hand on her stomach and felt something moving. Asked her if she could possibly be pregnant and she said no way - she was 52 (or 55 - I forget which) and had been in menopause for two years. RE decided it was best to take a look, just in case, and saw the baby's head! She was giving birth!

RE said it was a complete shock to her - she was a very large woman, so didn't notice the weight gain. She did have children, though, so it's not like she didn't know what pregnancy felt like. She just didn't put it all together in her head because she was in menopause.

RE said it was a pretty funny telephone call she had to make to her daughter. RE said would never forget that experience, and learned the value of never counting women out because of age or anything else.


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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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