To ensure nothing takes me by surprise in this pregnancy, I've been searching Google for various combinations of older mother (eg. mother over 40).
The other day I turned up two things. The first was a set of statistics for the number of babies born to women in their 40's from the Office of National Statistics.
Guess how many women of 48 (which is how old I am now) gave birth to a baby in England in 2006?
Just 77. What freakish thing have I done?
On a roll, I found an editorial in the journal Menopause International headlined
Pregnancy in women over 45: should this be encouraged?.
This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Guardian.co.uk
Read more: Pregnant again ... at 48! Luisa Dillner
Originally posted on January 9, 2010.
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility
by Holly Finn
I’m not over 40 and childless for no reason,writes Holly Finn.
I smoked in my twenties. I preferred red wine to sparkling water. I ate too much milk chocolate. I liked limericks. I know all the wrong I’ve done. But also, more than any of that, I’ve always longed for children.
Yet there she was: successful, social, mostly happy, and not a mother. Knowing that her chances of becoming pregnant naturally were quickly fading, Finn decided to gamble: she—like some 85,000 other women in the U.S. each year—would attempt in vitro fertilization.
Almost three years later, she’s still trying, and in the process has become an accidental pioneer (and, at times, a guinea pig) in the ever-evolving science of IVF.
Length: 50 pages
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