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Pregnant at 46, completely unplanned

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, September 28, 2008 | 2 comments

My sister in law just told me that a woman who goes to her church got pregnant at 46 -- completely unplanned -- and delivered her beautiful and healthy baby a week ago!

No one even knew she was pregnant for the longest time. I guess she and her husband were kind of embarrassed (they already have two children, the youngest who is 20!) and didn't really mention it until the last couple months when she got really big.

I, of course, asked my sister in law the same question I always ask about women that age -- did this woman do in vitro or anything?

My sister-in-law laughed, and said, "Are you kidding? They thought she was going through menopause and she didn't realize she was pregnant till she started feeling "the signs" -- again, which she attributed to menopause -- and her doctor confirmed it.


This is for every woman who wants a baby, and isn't sure if it's even possible, every woman who might be pregnant now and not sure if she wants a baby and every woman who just isn't sure that she will have the energy and strength to raise a baby after 40.

My grandmother had 12 children between 1932 and 1957. Her last was at age 45. Every one of them were healthy, uncomplicated births. Most were born at home with a midwife or the local country doctor attending. After being blessed as she was with the births of all these babies, came the raising of them. My grandmother worked from morning 'til night taking care of her home and family. She never complained. She always said she had a good life and felt blessed.

So just remember that women are AMAZING. Each and every one of us. We have an inner strength that sometimes we don't even realize we have. It's okay to be sad and blue sometimes, it's only natural, but never give up having hope and faith that whatever we want for our lives we can make come true and whatever life throws at us we'll be able to handle. - Rhonda


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Sadly we lost that 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 that there will be no more babies in our house.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank You!

  2. Anonymous says:

    So true, and a big good luck to anyone trying to have children later in life. I know they wil be truly loved.

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