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I just gave birth at 43 1/2 years old to a beautiful baby boy, who weighed in at 9 pounds 6 ounces. He has the best temperament ever!

I was asked to share my story on this page, so here it is.

I got pregnant using an ovulation monitor right away but I miscarried that baby at 9 weeks.

I decided I should go to a fertility specialist the next time, as to not waste one minute of fertility time.

Everything with these guys is about success rates.

If they think you will bring their numbers down, they don't really do too much to help you.

I was told at my age (almost 43 years old) I should adopt or use an egg donor.

I asked about medication and he said it wouldn't help me. (again protecting their success rates)

I asked for a hormone panel just to see where my fertility levels (FSH) were.

The doctor called me back very surprised and said I was still fertile.

My FSH was 6.6 and anything under 9 is considered good.

He was suspicious though and said if I came back next month and repeated the test and IF the levels were still low, he MAY consider me for a new fertility medication trial they were about to conduct.

Well, guess what? I was already pregnant, and didn't need his medication!

So my point is to hang in there, ask questions and really push those doctors to look beyond their success rates.

What I felt worked was using the ovulation monitor, but also having sex four days before ovulation as well as on the days of ovulation.

I read an article on WebMD.com saying you are actually most fertile four days before.

The other things I did were staying flat for at least 30 minutes afterward or with a pillow under your hips, cutting out anything (food wise) processed and taking my prenatal vitamins.

I also visualized me getting pregnant and the sperm connecting with the egg.

Sounds funny, but I got pregnant twice using following this advice and luckily for me, the second one took and I now have a beautiful baby boy! Good luck to all of you.

This website will help you and the support you get here is amazing. Keep trying and don't let anyone tell you it can't be done!


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Image: It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF, by Rebecca Fett. Publisher: Franklin Fox Publishing LLC (March 25, 2014)It Starts with the Egg:
How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF
by Rebecca Fett

-- Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or through IVF, the quality of your eggs will have a powerful impact on how long it takes you to get pregnant and whether you face an increased risk of miscarriage.

Poor egg quality is emerging as the single most important cause of age-related infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and failed IVF cycles. It is also a major contributor to infertility in PCOS.

Based on a comprehensive investigation of a vast array of scientific research, It Starts with the Egg reveals a groundbreaking new approach for improving egg quality and fertility.

With a concrete strategy including minimizing exposure to toxins such as BPA and phthalates, choosing the right vitamins and supplements to safeguard developing eggs, and harnessing nutritional advice shown to boost IVF success rates, this book offers practical solutions to will help you get pregnant faster and deliver a healthy baby.

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I became pregnant at 44 years old, and I gave birth at 45 years old.

My first clinic was Yale Fertility Center.

I felt it didn't matter what the protocol the clinic put me on, because the clinic was so disorganized and poorly run.

They just kept overcooking my eggs, the timing of ovulation was off, residents doing egg retrievals, I could go on and on.

Yes, I am bitter. Changed to NYU Fertility Center.

Dr. Grifo was good but he was not comfortable with AMA [advanced maternal age].

Overall, a really good clinic.

Changed to Cornell Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, and RE [Reproductive Endocrinologist] Owen Davis.

He put me on EPP [Estrogen Primping Protocol]. It worked!

I am also a poor responder, with an FSH [Follicle Stimulating Hormone] on the high end of normal, with a past history of one live birth at 41 years old, without the help of an RE [Reproductive Endocrinologist].

I also have PCOS-like [Polycystic ovary syndrome] profile.

Insulin resistant, high cholesterol, acne (yuck), but regular periods.


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Image: The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, by Hillary Wright. Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (November 9, 2010)The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
by Hillary Wright

-- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, and if left unchecked, is linked to serious health issues like infertility, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and endometrial cancer.

In this groundbreaking book, registered dietitian Hillary Wright explains this increasingly diagnosed disorder and introduces the holistic symptom-management program she developed by working with hundreds of patients.

With Wright's proven diet and lifestyle-based program, you can influence your reproductive hormones and take charge of your health.

Featuring a carbohydrate distribution approach at its core, The PCOS Diet Plan also zeroes in on exactly what exercise, supplements, and self-care choices you can make to feel better every day.

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Photo credit: Sam in the Sunbeam, by Dean Johnson
For what it's worth, in this conversation:

My very good friend had an unplanned pregnancy when she was 44 years old.

She had no idea what her FSH [follicle stimulating hormone] was.

She delivered her son when she was 45 years old.

I know that doesn't necessarily resonate with some of us here.

She might not have had high FSH, and she did have other children many years previously.

Her son is 16 years younger than his closest in age sister, and she wasn't struggling with TTC [trying to conceive].

But I just wanted to share my friend's experience to show the anonymous poster's choice of analogy is not realistic.


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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 which will work best for you and start your family, today.

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Hi ladies, I have you all beat! I'm 48 years old with my first pregnancy, my husband is 48 years old as well.

I am 14 weeks pregnant, feeling great and either swimming 1500 or running a mile every other day.

All the first round tests were normal, and my neonatologist does not recommend an amniocentesis.

We are blessed and feel very lucky.

It doesn't hurt to be extremely active all your life...


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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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Image: Portrait of a baby boy in a green hat, by Greyerbaby / Lisa RunnelsHi, I am Erna, 48 years old.

Traveling used to be my passion, and I never found time to settle down.

Finally, at the age of 40 years old, I meet my husband and found peace of mind.

Neither of us had been married before or had children.

We briefly thought about having children but dismissed the thought by thinking we were too old anyway.

After all, you did not hear or read a lot about women who became a mother after 40, the whole society is focused on younger mothers.

Anyway, to our great surprise I turned out to be pregnant at 47 years old, I only found out after about two months along.

I had the luck I was seeing a great doctor, and he gave me a lot of confidence.

After 42 weeks, labor started naturally and a beautiful healthy baby boy was born.

I never dreamt a child could give such joy to your life and now I sometimes regret I did not go for it earlier.

But such is life, you take it as it comes, and it is no guarantee you would have been happier if you had acted differently.

My son is one and a half years old now, and I still enjoy every day!

I am from Amsterdam, Netherlands.


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Image: The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43 1/4, by Cari Rosen. Publisher: Vermilion (September 12, 2011)The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43 1/4
by Cari Rosen

-- Whatever your age, becoming a mum for the first time brings with it excitement, anxiety and numerous challenges.

But how do you cope when, to top it all, you discover you are old enough to be the mother of everyone else in your NCT group?

The story of one woman, one new baby, a slipped disc and rather too many wrinkles, The Secret Diary of a New Mum (Aged 43 1/4) follows the tale of a midlife mum as she tries to make the transition from experienced TV producer to utterly inexperienced parent.

One in five babies is born to a mum over 35, and the number of over 40s giving birth has doubled.

The first humorous narrative account of what it's really like to be a midlife mum - whether it's deftly side-stepping any questions about age and baby number two or weeping as younger counterparts ping back into their size ten jeans within thirty seconds of giving birth.

This is the thoroughly entertaining, insightful and often hilarious account of what happens as you face up to menopause and new motherhood at the same time.

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Cutting the pies and cakes at the barbeque dinner, Pie Town, New Mexico Fair
I know of two people who were change of life babies, my mother is one of them.

My mom was the unexpected child last of a family of nine children.

The other person is the youngest of only three children, but there are 25 years between her and her other siblings.

When I first met their family at church, I thought her sister was her mother - and her mother was her grandmother!

My mother is in her mid-50s and is barely going through menopause.

I am sure it could be have been possible for her to get pregnant when she was 50 years old.


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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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Photo credit: Mom and son, by Joakim Buchwald
After eight months of changing my diet and lifestyle, taking care of myself, I unexpectedly discovered I was pregnant.

My olders child was born when I was 38 years old.

My younger child was born when I was 44 years old.

The changes I have made in my lifestyle became useful because I needed to be in shape to take care of these two children.


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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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I had a beautiful, healthy baby boy 6 weeks before I turned 44 years old.

I am currently 30 weeks pregnant with another baby boy.

I will be 46 1/2 years old when he is born on June 24th.

At 43 years old, it only took me 3 months to get pregnant.

It did take a lot longer this time.

We actually tried for over a year, then went to an RE [Reproductive Endocrinologist].

I had 2 IUI's [Intrauterine insemination] done, with no success.

Then the first month we really did not try (because of a cyst), I got pregnant naturally about 8 weeks before my 46th birthday.

I will do my darndest to stay young and fit and healthy, to keep up with these two little boys.

My husband is in great shape too, and he just turned 48 years old.

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I, too, have heard so many stories from people who have had children in their 40s.

I can remember years ago, when I heard a gal I knew was 47 years old and having a baby, and I thought, my goodness.

Well, here I am at 43 years old, going to be 44 years old when I deliver, doing it myself.

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A lady at our church conceived naturally when she was 45 years old.

She went to the doctor thinking it was her menopause! LOL

Her son is now 11 years old.

Her three older children are 25, 23 and 19 years old!

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In 1925, my grandmother had my father when she was 45 years old.

He was her twelfth child.

She had given birth to a child every two to three years, so my aunt was born when grandma was in her 40s... possibly 42 years old.

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I am 43 years old and 9 weeks along.

There will be 10 years between my older daughter and this new baby.


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Image: It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF, by Rebecca Fett. Publisher: Franklin Fox Publishing LLC (March 25, 2014)It Starts with the Egg:
How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF
by Rebecca Fett

-- Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or through IVF, the quality of your eggs will have a powerful impact on how long it takes you to get pregnant and whether you face an increased risk of miscarriage.

Poor egg quality is emerging as the single most important cause of age-related infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and failed IVF cycles. It is also a major contributor to infertility in PCOS.

Based on a comprehensive investigation of a vast array of scientific research, It Starts with the Egg reveals a groundbreaking new approach for improving egg quality and fertility.

With a concrete strategy including minimizing exposure to toxins such as BPA and phthalates, choosing the right vitamins and supplements to safeguard developing eggs, and harnessing nutritional advice shown to boost IVF success rates, this book offers practical solutions to will help you get pregnant faster and deliver a healthy baby.

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Image: Beautiful Twin Babies, by Valney Paz Ribeiro Junior enterdejesus on PixabayA 58-year-old Israeli woman has given birth to twins after receiving fertility treatment.

Israeli medical authorities said Samira Elias, a retired history teacher, was the oldest woman to give birth in Israel, breaking a record set several years ago by a 53-year-old woman.

I may be the oldest person to have given birth in Israel but I am the happiest woman in the world, Elias was quoted as saying in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on Monday.

A 2.375 kg-(5 lb 2 oz) boy, Elias, and a girl, Solva, weighing 2.155 kg (4 lb 8 oz), were born by Caesarean section in the hospital in the northern Israeli town of Nahariya on Saturday.

They are her first children.

A resident of Sweden, where she lives with her Swedish husband, Elias told reporters she underwent fertility treatment in Cyprus and returned to her native Israel to give birth so she could be near her family.

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Another woman I know is a 44-year-old mom, who had her baby through IVF [in vitro fertilization] 17 months ago.

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I know of a gal who used to post on CHFWeb (a homeschooling forum) who was 48 years old, and she got pregnant!

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I have friends who have delivered babies in their forties (even a lady who was 47 years old), and all went well.

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According to The Illustrated Book of Sexual Records, the oldest woman to menstruate was 104 years old.

The onset and termination of menstruation are subject, like all other sexual phenomena, to immense variation.

The menopause rarely occurs after the age of fifty-five years old, but rare cases do occur.

In one instance menstruation was continuing in a woman aged 104 years old.

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I'm 44 years old, 20 weeks pregnant with my third child, and just received my good amnio results last week.

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I am 45 years old, and recently just found out I am pregnant!


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Image: Pregnancy Over 40: An In-depth Guide for a Safe and Healthy Pregnancy Over 40, by Kelley D Smith. Publisher: CreateSpace (May 10, 2012)Pregnancy Over 40:
An In-depth Guide for a Safe and Healthy Pregnancy Over 40
by Kelley D Smith

-- There are a lot of reasons why women put off having children.

In most cases, they prioritized their careers over their own personal life.

Others were just simply not ready for the commitment motherhood demands.

Becoming a mother is one of the most fulfilling jobs everyone would be lucky enough to go through during their entire lifetime.

The problem is despite the fact this is seen by some as a gift, there are also others that see it as a tiring job – fulfilling but at some point, it can take a lot out of you.

The fact is getting pregnant in your 40s is no easy task.

The probability of conceiving alone is quite low in comparison to women who are in their 20s or early 30s.

But this does not mean a woman in her 40s cannot bear a child.

If you are in your 40s and have found out you are pregnant, there are a lot of things you should prepare for.

Although there are a lot of articles and other written works saying getting pregnant in your 40s can lead to a lot of problems for both you and your child, there are still a couple of upsides to this situation.

We have an entire chapter dedicated to what you can look forward to when you are having a baby during this delicate age.

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