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New mothers and menopause

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, May 14, 2009 | 0 comments

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menopausal new momsHaving worked long and hard to get pregnant myself, I was prepared for some of the “side effects” of pregnancy: morning sickness, swollen ankles, and gestational diabetes. However, I was not prepared for the simultaneous upheaval of my confused 46-year-old uterus, which didn’t know whether it was coming or going.

Yet, despite all the challenges faced by the menopausal mom, I think I speak for most if not all, when I say the good far outweighs the bad. The stages of motherhood and menopause are significant passages faced by many. Having experienced some of each, I can honestly say the birth of my daughter makes the onslaught of menopause much more palatable. Because, while my physical body is fighting the inevitable aging process, the experiences I’m sharing with my daughter make me feel younger every day. Still, whenever I hear those 20-something new moms complaining about the perils of motherhood, I can’t help but think, “You should try this when your 50, sister.”

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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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