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Menopausal? No, we were pregnant!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, December 21, 2017 | 0 comments

Image: Menopausal? No, we were pregnant! Photo Credit: copyright Nick HoltWith her reproductive system winding down, [at 43 years old], Hazel Nicolson was looking forward to a long-awaited opportunity to relax.

So it came as something of a surprise to discover that her three months of missed periods were not, in fact, due to the menopause, but an altogether unplanned pregnancy.

I was shocked and devastated, and broke down in tears when my doctor told me, says Hazel.

My children were in their teens. I could see light at the end of the long tunnel of parenthood. Another baby was the last thing I wanted...

Ultimately, she decided the risks and sacrifices were worth it, and her daughter, Libby, is now three.

I've been amazed by how much I love late-life motherhood, Hazel says. But I have since had a contraceptive implant fitted — this is definitely my last child.

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Originally posted in March 21, 2012.

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Image: Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life, by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs. Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (July 13, 2011)Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life
by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs

-- In 1996, Dr. Richard Paulson assisted a 63-year-old woman to conceive using in vitro fertilization with a donor egg, and she became the oldest woman in the world to give birth.

This incredible example of how assisted reproductive technologies, or ART, can change the course of nature, raises tough biological, emotional, and ethical issues.

Rewinding Your Biological Clock is a unique exploration of each of these issues, especially the "how-to" of peri- and post-menopausal pregnancy.

Written by a leading fertility specialist and a health educator, this original and daring book rethinks society's most fundamental beliefs about motherhood, aging and life itself.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 356 pages
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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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