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Getting knocked up at 42

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 0 comments

Image: This could be an amazing opportunity, a divine gift. Then again, it could just mean three years of sleepless nights, baby sick and dirty nappies. - Lana Citron. Photo / Thinkstock
At 42 years old, novelist Lana Citron thought the doctor's words, you're pregnant, were a joke.

Her chances of becoming pregnant were almost nil.

She gives an honest account of navigating the minefield of becoming an older mother or telling her oldest son and her ex-partner the news... and why she feels lucky.

I am now into my second trimester and all bodes well - or, rather, swell - as I have, at present, a bellyful of love flutters.

Currently working on a book about her pregnancy, The Diary Of An Accidental Mother, Lana Citron is the author of five novels. Her latest book is A Compendium Of Kisses.

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Read more: Expecting the unexpected: Getting knocked up at 42
Originally posted on April 12, 2012

Image: One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!, by Ivy Shih Leung. Publisher: Abbott Press (November 15, 2011)One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!
by Ivy Shih Leung

-- Author Ivy Shih Leung shares her not-so-perfect road to motherhood in this book, part memoir, and part self-help guide, reflecting lessons learned in the form of helpful tips and information to empower readers on the biological and sociological roots behind postpartum depression (PPD).

She also seeks to raise awareness of the myths of motherhood and the stigma of PPD contributing to the silent suffering of many mothers, as well as the importance of adequate social support in the early postpartum weeks.

A culmination of Ivy's frightening PPD journey and her emergence from it with a passion to learn more about perinatal mood disorders, this book is fueled with passion to help other women and their families, anger from the unnecessary suffering Ivy went through from the lack of information available to the public about PPD, her doctors' ignorance and lack of sensitivity, and public remarks like, There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance.

All of which shows there's still a long way to go in terms of educating the public about an illness suffered by one in eight new mothers.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 428 pages
Click to order/for more info: One Mom's Journey to Motherhood

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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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