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Pregnant at 46, completely unplanned

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 4 comments

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My sister in law just told me a woman who goes to her church got pregnant at 46 years old -- 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 of 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 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 was 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 women are AMAZING. Each and every one of us.

We have an inner strength 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 whatever we want for our lives we can make come true and whatever life throws at us we'll be able to handle.
-- Rhonda

What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir
by Alice Eve Cohen
--A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possible

At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years.

After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming.

Alice tells her fiancรฉ she's never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.

In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb - six months into a high-risk pregnancy.

What I Thought I Knew is a page-turner filled with vivid characters, humor, and many surprises and twists of fate.

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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:

    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.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I do believe it. It’s very possible. I too had a surprise pregnancy at 46. Pregnancy was harder than when I was young but I and my baby were both healthy. I already had 2 adult children and a teen.

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