Hazel Nicholson approached what she thought was the onset of menopause not with dread, but a sense of optimism. Having raised two children, she was all too familiar with the relentless, often unappreciated drudgery of motherhood.
With her reproductive system winding down, she 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.
It was only when, at 42, Hazel realized she hadn’t had a period for three months, and was feeling increasingly tired, that she visited her GP. She nonchalantly took a pregnancy test, only to be horrified when it came back positive.
“I was shocked and devastated, and broke down in tears when my doctor told me,” says Hazel.
“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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