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If you have not yet gone into menopause, yes, it is possible that you can get pregnant.

I was working at a pregnancy center and we had a client who was 57 years old.

She came into our office - already pregnant.

She was not trying to get pregnant - it was an Oops!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility, by Marlo Schalesky. Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2001)Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility
by Marlo Schalesky

-- Contains frank and emotionally resonate stories from both men and women facing the struggle of infertility.

Mother's Day is not a joyful occasion for all women, particularly those who would like to have children but cannot.

Marlo Schalesky's Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling with Infertility does for Christian women what Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin's Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss did for Jewish women: provide comfort and camaraderie in the face of infertility and pregnancy loss.

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Hey -- let me tell you, my brother in law's mother had him -- her last child -- when she was 52 years old!!

And it is not as unusual these days for us older moms to start having our babies, or our last child in our forties.

Good luck to you, and go with your heart.

-- Kim


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: When You're Not Expecting: An Infertility Survival Guide, by Constance Hoenk Shapiro. Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 16, 2010)When You're Not Expecting:
An Infertility Survival Guide
by Constance Hoenk Shapiro

-- Surviving the challenges of infertility

Often enduring years of heartache, couples with infertility number over 7.3 million. Enduring the daunting difficulties of treatment is something few women are prepared for.

Based on the personal stories of 200 women determined to overcome infertility, this surprisingly upbeat survivors' guide gives the kind of hard-won wisdom essential to making it through the process.

Not only does the book detail coping strategies, but it also presents tips for strengthening stressed relationships and addresses the unique needs of single women and lesbians.

An essential guide for women and couples, friends and family, and health care providers and therapists, this book offers the solace and strength needed to prevail even after years of struggle.

Written by a therapist, consultant, and public speaker dedicated to the study of infertility and its emotional impact.

For any woman or couple who feel as if they're facing infertility alone, When You're Not Expecting is a must-have book.

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Last year I read a study that said moms who had any children after age 33 were on average, very long-lived.

Women Who Have Babies After 33 Live Longer, Study Says
...it wasn't a small difference; women who had their last child after the age of 33 doubled their chances of living to age 95 or older compared with women whose last child was born before their 30th birthday.

It made sense to me because my grandmother had three of her kids over the age of 40, and she lived till she was 97 years old.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility, by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer. Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Revised Edition edition (March 13, 1998)The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility
by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer

-- Parents who have wondered about the long term impact of infertility on their self-image will find the answers in this insightful book by Lois Melina, author of Raising Adopted Children and Making Sense of Adoption.

Finally, here's a book that's sensitive and responsive to the unique emotional experience of parenting after a long, arduous course of infertility diagnosis and treatment.

The Long-Awaited Stork gives you all the information, advice, and support you need to adjust to and cope with the special problems of parenting after infertility.

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Our neighbor has a colleague at work who is pregnant for the second time at 49 years old.

Her first child, she had when she was 47 years old.

We recently ran into another couple who had conceived for the first time without any medical help, when she was 46 years old.



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Image: Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood, by Elizabeth Gregory. Publisher: Basic Books (December 25, 2007)
Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood
by Elizabeth Gregory

-- Over the past three decades, skyrocketing numbers of women have chosen to start their families in their late thirties and early forties.

In 2005, ten times as many women had their first child between the ages of 35 and 39 as in 1975, and thirteen times as many had their first between 40 and 44.

Women now have the option to define for themselves when they're ready for family, rather than sticking to a schedule set by social convention.

As a society, however, we have yet to come to terms with the phenomenon of later motherhood, and women who decide it makes sense for them to delay pregnancy often find themselves confronted with alarmist warnings about the dangers of waiting too long.

In Ready, Elizabeth Gregory tracks the burgeoning trend of new later motherhood and demonstrates that for many women today, waiting for family works best.

She provides compelling evidence of the benefits of having children later -- by birth or by adoption.

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Can I just add in an e-mail I received, from a woman named Suzanne...

Who was shocked to find herself pregnant at the age of 48 years old!

She is already the mother of five children, her oldest child was 28 years old!

So it was definitely a shock!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility, by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly. Publisher: Penguin Books (February 24, 2004)Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility
by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly

-- Infertility is a heartbreaking condition that affects nine million American couples each year. It causes tremendous stress, can trigger debilitating sadness and depression and can tear a marriage to shreds.

In Conquering Infertility, Harvard psychologist Alice Domar — whom Vogue calls the Fertility Goddess — provides infertile couples with what they need most: stress relief, support, and hope.

Using the innovative mind/body techniques she has perfected at her clinic, Domar helps infertile women not only regain control over their lives but also boost their chances of becoming pregnant.

With Conquering Infertility, women learn how to cope with infertility in a much more positive way and to carve a path toward a rich, full, happy life.

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I want to tell you about my grandmother...

She gave birth to my aunt Cindy when my grandmother was 47 years old.

Yes, it was a surprise pregnancy!

My grandparents were so shocked!

They thought they were done having babies.

So keep trying... there is always hope!!


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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 a new life.

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My name is Susan, and I am 46 years old.

We were not trying to get pregnant - this is a total surprise!

I just found out I am 6 weeks and 5 days pregnant.

This will be our third baby, but my fourth pregnancy.

I lost one baby due to miscarriage.

I am due with this baby on my birthday.

I will be 47 years old when the baby is born.


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Image: 45 and Pregnant: How I Conceived and Delivered Naturally (Natural Childbirth for Mothers Over 40) | Kindle Edition | by Liz Angeles (Author, Editor), Annie Flatley (Photographer), Lori Dorman (Photographer). Publisher: On The Inside Press (June 8, 2015)45 and Pregnant: How I Conceived and Delivered Naturally
by Liz Angeles

-- A three-part journey that begins with a 44-year-old single woman with no prospects, leading quickly to a middle-aged pregnancy.

Her fears and worries about childbirth with her historically low pain threshold were later transformed by her decision to have a home water birth with no drugs and her success story that involved no complications.

Beginning with a serendipitous love story that led to the sudden pregnancy and concluding with the family events that transpired beyond the delivery, Liz Angeles provides a plethora of information for anyone considering a natural birth.

Her comical memoir spanning a 5-year period includes many healthy pregnancy tips and natural parenting options.

Her revealing details and personal choices promise to educate, entertain and inspire.

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What a shock! I'm 44 years old.

And I just found out I am pregnant for the very first time.

I have very mixed emotions - happy, scared, worried, excited!

I just want to have a healthy baby.

Anyone else having gone through pregnancy in their 40's?


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: My Baby Chase: Our Roller Coaster Ride from Infertility to Parenthood, by Gilda Dangot Simpkin (Author). Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (August 29, 2017)My Baby Chase: Our Roller Coaster Ride from Infertility to Parenthood
by Gilda Dangot Simpkin

-- This is the heart-wrenching tale of our convoluted 10-year quest to have a family, from the serious, and sometimes hilarious side of fertility treatments, through two harrowing international adoptions.

Our journey is filled with so many cliffhangers it reads more like a suspense tale than reality.

As you come along for our wild ride, you will be clutching this book praying we don't get derailed again.

Our story of determination and tenacity will give hope to anyone facing a difficult life journey.

Let my story motivate you to attain your dreams!

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On a personal level, I know for a fact my great grandmother gave birth to my grandfather when she was 43 years old.

That was back in the day when IVF [InVitro fertilization] wasn't done.

Even if IVF had been available back then, my grandmother would not have had the money to pay for it.

Also, as I stated in a different thread, my friend recently conceived her child naturally.

She gave birth when she was just shy of 44 years old.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
The Joy of Later Motherhood:Your Natural Path to Healthy Babies Even in Your 40s
by Bettina Gordon-Wayne

-- The much-needed antidote to all the negative hype surrounding motherhood at advanced maternal age (which is 35+).

Written by seasoned journalist Bettina Gordon-Wayne—herself a first-time mom at 44 and the third generation of women in her family who did not get the memo that conceiving a baby after 40 is dangerous, if not outright impossible.

It is written from the perspective of the women who actually achieved what millions of women are striving for: naturally conceiving a healthy baby after 35 and, especially, after 40.

Maybe you are worried or are upset. Maybe you doubt that motherhood will ever happen for you. We get it. We have been there. With our stories, we want to lovingly see you through this journey as much as we can.

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