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Photo credit: Daddy and Davey, by Jessica Merz
I will be 46 years old in March, and I'm due to deliver a baby girl at the end of April.

I had my last child 14 years ago, my first child 24 years ago.

I wanted to have another baby because I was in a new relationship.

I had the blood work done and was told that my FSH [follicle stimulating hormone] was borderline (11.6 at ovulation).

I was still ovulating, but it was getting tougher.

I became pregnant on the first try though, but that fetus miscarried at 4.5 weeks.

I went to a fertility expert a week later, he looked at my ovaries via ultrasound.

He basically told me I only had a few eggs left, and that those were well past their sell-by date.

He told me frankly that I had less than a 1% chance of conceiving and carrying a fetus past 7 weeks.

Turns out, I got pregnant again the next week and here I am in my 7th month!


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Image: Getting Pregnant the Natural Way (Women's Natural Health), by D. S. Feingold, Deborah Gordon. Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 30, 2000)Getting Pregnant the Natural Way
(Women's Natural Health)
by D. S. Feingold, Deborah Gordon

-- Are you experiencing infertility?

Written by an authority in complementary medicine, Getting Pregnant the Natural Way is a compassionate guide that offers natural approaches to help you now.

Drawing on the benefits of herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutritional therapies, and mind-body medicine in conjunction with the latest medical therapies, Dr. Deborah Gordon explains the mechanisms of fertility and the possible causes of infertility, then outlines a simple six-step program to help you:

• Prepare your body, mind, and spirit for pregnancy
• Prevent, control, or reverse conditions that impair fertility
• Improve your overall feelings of health and well-being
• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Create balance in your life

Uniquely created from a woman's perspective, Getting Pregnant the Natural Way offers support, wisdom, and hope for you to reach your goal of a healthy pregnancy.

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My doctor is in her 50s, has six year old twins, naturally.

She wasn't even trying to conceive.

She said she ovulated the day before her period.

She also said that at our age, we can spit out eggs at random, and not even show we ovulated on our charts.

She has seen it happen several times.
A really hot night of baby dancing can cause us to ovulate.

Don't give up!

I would continue with acupuncture and herbs, and one of these times you will catch the golden egg.


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Image: Hot Flashes Warm Bottles : First-Time Mothers Over Forty, by Nancy London. Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (April 19, 2001)Hot Flashes Warm Bottles : First-Time Mothers Over Forty
by Nancy London

-- The first prescriptive and anecdotal guidebook for the multitudes of older moms, and distills the wisdom, insight, and practical advice gathered during her years as a therapist and support group leader.

With tips for renewing physical and sexual energy, parenting after infertility and adoption, balancing career and family, and caring for elderly parents, the personal stories from these older moms are often humorous, sometimes surprising, but always reassuring.

Without exception, the reader will be left with the comforting knowledge that she is not alone on her journey. Hot Flashes fills a much-needed place in the parenting field, at a time when more and more women are embracing motherhood later in life.

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My 45 year old friend is happily expecting her first baby, after giving up on fertility treatments.

My husband's first cousin had a baby at 44 years old, and another baby at 45 years old - which was a surprise.

They thought she was too old to get pregnant, so they didn't use birth control - and voila!

My father told me about his own aunt who had a baby at 51 years old in Italy.

This was a long time ago as my father is 80 years old.

So there was no chance in h*ll that it was donor egg.

The fact is, before birth control and things like tubal ligation, women routinely gave birth into their 40s and no one batted an eye.

The birth rate for women in their 40s went down as soon as birth control became available.
There is a direct correlation.

What is different now is women are having their first child in their 40s, whereas long ago they would be having their 10th.

That is the only difference.

But from what I've read there is no difference in fertility among women who have versus women who have not had children before.

I think the reason people make such a big deal about age now is that there was such a long period of time when the birth rate for women in their 40s was low - because that was their choice.

So people were no longer use to the idea anymore.

Then you have the RE's [reproductive endocrinologist] beating us down with their statistics too.

A long time ago women didn't worry or think about statistics - they were too busy having babies!


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Image: First Time Mothers, Last Chance Babies: Parenting at 35+, by Madelyn Cain. Publisher: New Horizon Press (February 25, 1994)First Time Mothers, Last Chance Babies: Parenting at 35+
by Madelyn Cain

-- Advice and comfort for baby boomer mothers.

First-Time Mothers, Last-Chance Babies takes an extremely thoughtful look at a subject that is ignored in our society.

Her carefully written and researched book reveals the truth about the difficulty, and the rewards, of parenting later in life.

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We conceived reasonably easily and have two healthy noisy girls.

We never tried to get pregnant earlier, but we had to reverse a vasectomy - which took a while.

My first daughter, Grace, was born when I was 42 years old.

I was 45 years old at Isabella’s birth.

I had one very early miscarriage between the girls, and had all the tests to confirm they were indeed perfect babies.

Good luck! My husband just turned 50 years old, and I am 46 years old.
-- Cathy


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Image: Infertility Survival Handbook, by Elizabeth Swire-Falker. Published: Riverhead; Riverhead ed edition (April 6, 2004)Infertility Survival Handbook
by Elizabeth Swire-Falker
-- After seven years of tests and more tests, treatments and more treatments, Elizabeth Swire-Falker understands what it means to struggle with infertility.

In this frank, reassuring, and thoroughly researched handbook, she shares her own personal experience and offers insight into what challenges to expect along the way-from getting support to finding the right doctor to dealing with insurance.

She gave up her career in the process when she found she couldn't struggle with infertility and maintain a high-powered job at the same time.

The years were filled with injections and blood tests and hormones and in vitro fertilization, implantations, and miscarriages, and return trips to the assisted reproductive technology lab.

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Photo credit: CJ Holding Hands, by Ted Johnson

Earlier this summer, my obstetrician doctor told me about one of his patients.

She is now pregnant at 52 years old!

So I think you still have plenty of time to have that baby!




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Image: Best of 999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility, by Infertile Naomi. Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 18, 2013)Best of 999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility
by Infertile Naomi

• Have you ever cried in a restaurant bathroom because you got your period?
• Do you feel like everyone on Facebook is pregnant but you?
• Do you examine the toilet paper on a regular basis?
• Do you have more fertility medication in your fridge than food?

If you relaxed and it didn't happen, this is the book for you! Based on the popular blog, 999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility, this book explores the humorous side to making a baby.

From early morning fertility appointments to getting mad at your husband because he took a business trip when you were ovulating, this inspirational book is a reminder to laugh through life's challenges and to keep believing when your uterus says I've had enough.

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Image: Photo credit: Deborah and son, Oscar / ABC.net.au | All rights reserved
Photo credit: Deborah and son, Oscar / ABC.net.au - All rights reserved
Deborah Thomas, the editor of the Australian Women's Weekly, had her first baby at 46 years old.

She is trying to balance work with her desire to spend time with her son.

One of the most challenging things at finding herself pregnant at age 46, was the chance of miscarrying.

Happily, though Deborah gave birth to her only child Oscar, who she describes as the best thing that has ever happened in her life.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on ABC.net.au
Read more: Deborah Thomas on having a baby at 46
Originally posted on February 18, 2004.


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Image: The Sperm Meets Egg Plan: Getting Pregnant Faster, by Deanna Roy. Published: Casey Shay Press (October 9, 2012)The Sperm Meets Egg Plan: Getting Pregnant Faster
by Deanna Roy
-- The Sperm Meets Egg Plan is a step-by-step guide to achieving pregnancy without taking invasive tests, charting temperatures, or making mistakes in predicting your ovulation that result in mistimed attempts at fertilization.

Designed by Deanna Roy after months of trying made her believe she had a fertility problem, the plan will help you time intercourse whether you have a typical or atypical cycle.

It includes adjustments for common fertility problems, what to do if you are over forty, and considerations for trying again after a pregnancy loss.

This booklet includes 40 pages of instruction plus a 10-page sneak peek of Deanna's book Baby Dust. It should be a free download.

This FREE booklet is a THANK YOU to all the women who have supported Deanna's web site since the loss of her first baby in 1998.

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Photo credit: Eyes are the window to the soul, by Randa Clay

I'm 45 years old, I'm pregnant with our second child.

Our first child was born last year, in 2005.

We had all the tests done as well as lots of ultrasounds, and all arrows point to all is OK with the baby this time.





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Image: Infertility Sux!!, by Lyn Vaccaro. Publication Date: June 15, 2012Infertility Sux!! Strategies to Release You From the Bondage of Infertility
by Lyn Vaccaro

-- A story of my personal journey of thriving fertility that produced 6 healthy girls, then upon turning 40 becoming infertile as I conceived and miscarried 5 times consecutively.

At which point I changed my diet and lifestyle to raw live food and juicing to create a healthier environment in my body.

After a year of practicing this, I went on to conceive and give birth to two healthy boys at the age of 43, and again at 45.

Length: 22 pages

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In 2005, there were more than 104,000 births in the United States to women ages 40 through 44, and over 6,500 to women 45 years old and older.

The birth rate for women in the 40-44 age group has risen steadily since 2000, by 2% annually! It rose 4% from 2015 to 2016.

The birth rate for women 45-49 years old remained unchanged from 2008 till 2012. It rose 0.8% from 2015 to 2016.

The birth rate for women aged 50 and over has remained unchanged since 2006.

Let's check the latest birth stats over 40!


Image: Births and Natality, Births: Final Data for 2016, by CDC


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Births: Final Data for 2016 by CDC - All rights reserved



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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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Photo credit: Isabella,by Bev Sykes
My sister in law from Toronto, Canada had her first baby at 45 years old - she had a beautiful baby girl!

She said her OB/GYN was so supportive.

I have to remember... my grandma had my uncle in her 40s.

My mom had my little brother in her 40s...

I'm gonna follow the pattern!




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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, 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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