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Surprise baby at 43

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | 0 comments

Image: Little hand: baby hand wrapped around adult thumb, by Lindsey Bergquist on freeimages.comShelli Wakefield of San Jose, Calif., says she went off Depo-Provera, an inject-able contraceptive, after her doctor told her it was “very unlikely” she would become pregnant again at age 41. Fourteen months later, Ms. Wakefield conceived her third child.

She and her husband were shocked, she says, but neither was upset about having their surprise baby, now six months old. It's neat to have another chance at parenting, Ms. Wakefield says.

Her 11-year-old daughter was delighted to be a big sister, she adds, but her 14-year-old son was less enthusiastic about the baby girl. The hardest part for me is making sure that she's not a detriment to my older kids' lives.

Ms. Wakefield says she's a calmer parent than she was when her eldest kids were infants, in part because of improved finances and her stable marriage of 17 years.

But with maturity comes the reality of aging. I get my Botox so I don't look like an old mom, Ms. Wakefield says, and I work out every day and I dye my hair.


This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on TheGlobeandMail.com
Read more: I'm too old to get pregnant
Originally posted on September 20, 2009.


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Catherine

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 that 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 that there will be no more babies in our house.

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