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Pregnant mom to five kids at 46

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 4 comments

Image: Pregnancy Love, by ekseaborn0 on PixabayI am a 46 year old mom with five kids, and am pregnant.....

I am feeling a little overwhelmed, and scared right now......

My boyfriend isn't very happy, and has two kids of his own..

We just moved in together and I am pregnant.......

He isn't very supportive, and I don't know what my kids will think.....

Anyway good luck with your pregnancy...

It would be good to hear from you - Tamela

And one of my best friends in college was born to her parents -- who had been told they couldn't have children -- when her mom about just shy of 47!

Image: Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood, by Elizabeth Gregory. Publisher: Basic Books (December 25, 2007)
Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood
by Elizabeth Gregory

-- Over the past three decades, skyrocketing numbers of women have chosen to start their families in their late thirties and early forties.

In 2005, ten times as many women had their first child between the ages of 35 and 39 as in 1975, and thirteen times as many had their first between 40 and 44.

Women now have the option to define for themselves when they're ready for family, rather than sticking to a schedule set by social convention.

As a society, however, we have yet to come to terms with the phenomenon of later motherhood, and women who decide it makes sense for them to delay pregnancy often find themselves confronted with alarmist warnings about the dangers of waiting too long.

In Ready, Elizabeth Gregory tracks the burgeoning trend of new later motherhood and demonstrates that for many women today, waiting for family works best.

She provides compelling evidence of the benefits of having children later -- by birth or by adoption.

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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:

    I'm just feeling depressed. I am 43 and I would've loved to have a baby, but work and financial problems have always been issues until I guess it's too late... How do you overcome this deep sadness? I am going through tough times of regret.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dont worry you will get by. I had a baby when i was 43. Dont forget to go check with your ob-gyn and have a pregnancy exam. check this.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I had two failed IUI. I always want to have baby with my own egg. I feel miserable of not having my own baby. Any one out there can help or give some advice of hope. Any hope of IVF? I'm 44 years. Some doctors will only use donor egg through IVF not my own egg.

    I'm going through tough times of regret.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am 46, I have 3 children 22, 15, 17, and have nog used birth control in 6 years.. I did have some chemical pregnancies, but have not even checked for that in years...but I just found out I am really pregnant only 5 weeks so we will see, but I have never made it to 5 weeks, so truly different, maybe it was a good egg? I will keep you posted.

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