Souvenir from Hawaiian vacation. Photo credit: Dixie Prosser on FreeImagesI am 49 and 25 weeks pregnant. It was a total surprise!

The baby boy is due the day before my oldest turns 27. I also have a 25 and 16 year old.

I was planning for empty nest, not Romper Room, but God has plans we can't see, so I am adjusting. I've been married for 28 years.

While I was not thrilled, he is having an even harder time adjusting to the idea. My mothering hormones are kicking in, but he is still in denial!

So far, easy pregnancy and by all available tests, a totally normal baby.

Only 15 weeks to go. Will update after delivery.

Posted By Karla on 2006-10-09

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy, by Leslie Leyland Fields. Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 21, 2006)-Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy
by Leslie Leyland Fields

-- Unplanned pregnancies happen to women in every season of life: the newly married, the never-married, the empty-nester, the teenager, the overworked mother, the career woman.

Yet we rarely talk about how lonely and confusing this experience can be.

In Surprise Child, Leslie Leyland Fields, who experienced two unplanned pregnancies in her forties, lyrically weaves her own story with the stories of other women who understand the isolation you face as expectations and plans are turned upside down to make room for a child.

Each year, more than three million women discover themselves pregnant–at a hard time, the wrong time, at a difficult place in their lives. I am one of those women...

Together, these women walk with you month-by-month through the physical and emotional stages of pregnancy, voicing with startling honesty their own anxieties and struggles.

Here you will find the companionship and hope you need to journey toward new life.

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Got pregnant in my 50s (just last year), a true Bonus Baby.

My husband and I were shocked and thrilled at the same time.

My daughter, Elizabeth, has been such a joy to us.


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Image: You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother, by Judith Newman. Publisher: Miramax (April 21, 2004)-You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother
by Judith Newman

-- Today the number of women having their first child over thirty-five has increased by a bazillion fold, or some equally scary large number.

Newman is the first to write a book that tells what it's really like when a trip to the drugstore entails the purchase of both diaper cream and wrinkle cream; when "getting your shots means both immunization and Botox.

You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman is not only about having children later in life: it's about what happens to a marriage—and to the spirit, when even the most sought-after baby comes.

Wry, warm, and brutally honest, this is the book for any woman—whatever her age—who has awakened at 3AM to the insistent shrieks of her darling and thought: Oh man, I'm too old for this.

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I thought of your success stories when I heard this...

One of my coworkers has two jobs, one is as a pharmacy tech.

Well, it turns out one of the pharmacists who works there had been having an affair.

He's 25 years old, with a longtime girlfriend (which makes him a real ass in my opinion), but has managed to get his lover pregnant.

It was an accident, and she is none too happy about it. But she is going ahead with the pregnancy.

The kicker? She's 49 years old!

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
The New Fertility Diet Guide: Delicious Food Secrets To Help You Get Pregnant Faster At Any Age, by Niels H. Lauersen and Colette Bouchez. Publisher: Ivy League Press (September 21, 2009)-
The New Fertility Diet Guide: Delicious Food Secrets To Help You Get Pregnant Faster At Any Age
by Niels H. Lauersen and Colette Bouchez

-- The best selling authors of Getting Pregnant: What You Need To Know Now share new secrets to using specific foods and food combinations to greatly enhance your chance of getting pregnant fast and easy.

Tested on hundreds of couples, this unique new natural way to increase fertility can work regardless of your age or reproductive status. Studies show it can even increase your IVF success rate!

Delicious, nutritious and easy to follow, this secret food plan works for both women and men to not only help increase fertility, but also improve overall health and encourage conception of a healthier baby!

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I had my baby girl at age 45 with my own egg, my first pregnancy.

I conceived quickly, within two months of figuring out how to use a basal temperature chart.

Now, at age 47, it is proving more difficult to get pregnant.

But my theory is that as long as you have a period, it can happen.

It's just a matter of hitting the right cycle.

So just be ready every cycle! Good luck to you!

Lisa - Proud 47-year-old mother to a very active 2 1/2-year-old

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Everything Fertility Book: All you need to know about fertility, conception, and a healthy pregnancy, by Nicole Galan. Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (January 14, 2011)-The Everything Fertility Book: All you need to know about fertility, conception, and a healthy pregnancy
by Nicole Galan

-- Infertility can be a frustrating and heartbreaking disorder compounded by complicated treatments and so-called miracle cures on the market.

But couples who have trouble conceiving need all their options laid out in one convenient guide.

In this book, you'll find the medical and holistic information you need to conceive and bear a happy, healthy child.

With this authoritative and friendly guide, getting pregnant doesn't have to be a stressful process. Armed with knowledge and reassurance, you will be ready to make the choices that work best for you and start you family, today.

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Image: In grandma Julia's arms - 13 days old, by Jessica Merz, on FlickrI had my last child at 46 years old.

I have certainly heard of other women on this board who have delivered healthy babies over 45 years old.

I think the oldest mom to be on this discussion board was 49 years old, when she gave birth.

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Image: Stay Fertile Longer: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant Now--Or Whenever You're Ready, by Mary Kittel and Deborah Metzger. Publisher: Rodale Books (August 26, 2004)Stay Fertile Longer: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant Now--Or Whenever You're Ready
by Mary Kittel and Deborah Metzger

-- Many women today dream of having it all -- a challenging career, a satisfying personal life, a loving mate, and a baby whenever they're ready.

But there's no denying the fact that their biological clocks are ticking away.
The odds of conceiving drop by 15 to 20 percent for a woman in her early 30's and plummet to less than 50 percent when she's in her 40's.

The good news is that there are a host of natural strategies every would-be mom can use today to preserve and optimize her fertility, so that she can conceive quickly and easily when she's ready.

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My obstetrician said his oldest mum, who conceived naturally, was 47 years old.

She had a problem-free pregnancy.

He has had quite a few mums in their 40's, so he is very hopeful for me.


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Image: The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies, by Randine Lewis. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (March 21, 2005)-The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
by Randine Lewis

-- Infertility affects one out of six couples today.

Dr. Lewis presents a groundbreaking alternative approach to infertility, explaining how she used traditional Chinese medicine to treat her own infertility, successfully conceiving and giving birth to two children.

In Lewis's experience, women who have undergone three to six months of the dietary changes, herbs and acupuncture treatments become pregnant with no further effort.

Lewis intersperses her somewhat technical examination of the program with anecdotes about her patients, weaving in discussions on diet, herbal supplements, acupuncture, older women and problems related to infertility.

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Energizing Chinese herbal pudding - Photo credit: Yenhoon on FreeImageDr. Wu's successes illustrate the profound impact traditional Chinese medicine can have on a wide range of fertility challenges.

Under Dr. Wu's care, women with FSH [follicle stimulating hormone] levels of 65 have conceived naturally; women with levels as high as 118 have seen their FSH drop to 9.

Women up to 50 years of age have conceived naturally and carried babies full term. Men have overcome sperm disorders. Fibroids have disappeared.

Women who have experienced multiple pregnancy losses, ovarian or tubal dysfunction, thin uterine lining, premature menopause, irregular cycles, endometriosis, and unexplainable in-fertility have delivered healthy, happy babies.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome In-fertility, by Angela C. Wu, Katherine Anttila, Betsy Brown. Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (September 5, 2006)-Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome In-fertility
-- At Wu's Healing Center in San Francisco, miracles are happening.

Women and their partners come to the clinic--often from across the country -- to fulfill a passionately held yet fragile dream: to conceive and deliver the healthy baby that mainstream doctors have told them they cannot have.

Using traditional Chinese medical techniques, sometimes integrated with Western fertility treatments, Dr. Angela Wu is helping these couples experience the miracle of birth.

At a time when one in five U.S. couples is struggling with fertility problems, this practical and uplifting volume, filled with the inspirational stories of Dr. Wu's grateful patients, will be a godsend.

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Well, I think it just goes to show that there's enormous variability in human beings.

Yes, women do give birth successfully in their 40s..

The oldest lady that I ever delivered giving birth to a child created with her own eggs.

She was in fact 50 years old, and this was a son, after she'd had 11 daughters.

So I told the husband it was time, they really could stop now.
But ...

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Image: Infertility: a Silent Struggle and a God Who Hears, by Whitney Cornelison. Publication Date: December 19, 2013-Infertility:
A Silent Struggle and a God Who Hears
by Whitney Cornelison
-- The road of infertility is one of pain, struggle, and loneliness. It's not a topic that couples bring up in conversation.

It's a journey that will either bring couples together and closer to God, or one that will slowly divide couples as they distance themselves from each other, their friends, and God.

It is time to break the silence. I want you to know that you are not alone. This may not be the path that you would have chosen for your own life. I know I would not have written infertility into my story.

But we don't write our stories, God does. He writes the story of our lives in a way that is beautiful and brings Him the most glory.

It's not always perfect, but it's good. It's never easy, but the reward is greater than we could ever imagine.

Whether you are struggling with infertility, or you know someone who is, this book was written for you. Never in a million years would I have thought I would write an eBook telling you our story, but I did.

I pray that this eBook will encourage your heart, give you insight into the reality of infertility, and above all, glorify God.

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Recently I've been chatting to a friend of a friend, who has conceived her first child naturally.

At age 45!

After having her sterilization reversed!

Now I'm all in a quandary!

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Image: IVF: A Patient's Guide, by Rebecca Matthews. Publisher: lulu.com (February 7, 2011)pixelIVF: A Patient's Guide
by Rebecca Matthews

-- The perfect companion book for anyone considering or currently undergoing fertility treatment. Reduce your stress and improve your chance of success by arming yourself with the facts.

Written by a respected, caring and practicing expert in the field, not a patient!

Inside these pages you'll get answers to the most common questions, but even better, get answers to the critical questions that aren't asked often enough; some could even save the life of your baby.

Understand the most up-to-date, cutting edge techniques utilized in IVF and genetic testing.

See exactly what happens under the microscope. Learn how to choose the very best clinic and what, exactly, you should be asking your doctor. Follow specific case studies and hear from a variety of patients in their own words as well.

Packed with charts, tables, graphs and photos, this easy to navigate guide is the next best thing to having a best friend in the field of reproductive medicine.

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