Now that I am in my mid-forties and eight months pregnant with our dream second child, I thought it was important to share the story of our journey toward baby number two -- which was different (and even more challenging) than the one toward our first baby.
You probably already know the story of how we conceived our first child, our son, Julien...
My husband and I had been trying for over a year to get pregnant when finally we went to see a reproductive endocrinologist (a fertility specialist). I had just turned 40.
After all tests were done, this doctor explained that we had a 2% chance of conceiving on our own. Just four months later we conceived our son.
Two months shy of my 44th birthday, we got a happy surprise and conceived naturally. Our excitement turned to sadness, though, as I miscarried at 10 weeks.
It’s at that time when I first allowed the idea of donor eggs to enter my mind. A donor egg baby, I knew, would be mine, too, just like my son.
Not only did I get pregnant at 45, but we had two high-quality embryos to freeze for possible future use. Our daughter is due the end of July, 2011, and I cannot wait.
This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on FertileKitchen
Read more: Fertility Diet and the Journey to Our Second Child
Originally posted in June 5, 2011.
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