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I am 50 years old, and 13 weeks pregnant with my fifth child.

I conceived naturally and will be 51 years old when my son is born.

I am using a midwife, and have no health issues whatsoever, even given my advanced maternal age!!

That phrase cracks me up!

I don't even have elevated blood pressure.

I am athletic, still ride my bike, although have recently switched to a ladies' version for ease of dismount because I got hit big time with relaxin, and for safety.

It's been 18 years since I last gave birth, so this is still pretty mind-boggling to me, but this child is very much wanted!

I'm not at all intimidated by the idea of giving birth at my age and after an 18-year gap between this one and my last child.

I'm not a high-risk pregnancy, and a lifetime of living healthy I'm sure has contributed to how great I feel.

But even if a woman finds herself pregnant or trying to get pregnant after 40, it's never too late to start eating right and exercising.

Baby dust to all those trying, and sticky dust to all of us having already conceived!!

Thanks!! Laura


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:

Image: Eat, Love, Get Pregnant: A Couple's Guide To Boosting Fertility and Having A Healthy Baby, by Karen Daniels. Publication Date: July 29, 2011
Eat, Love, Get Pregnant: A Couple's Guide To Boosting Fertility and Having A Healthy Baby
by Karen Daniels

-- A breakthrough revolutionary plan for getting pregnant fast, solving common fertility problems and having a healthy baby – this is NOT your average book on getting pregnant!

Renowned fertility expert Dr. Niels Lauersen and women's wellness expert Colette Bouchez help readers take charge of their fertility with a revolutionary new self-help plan designed to show couples how to work together to boost their conception odds, plan for a healthy pregnancy, and get pregnant faster – all without the use of expensive fertility treatments or medications.

Based on scientific research and tested on thousands of couples Eat-Love- GET PREGNANT is a simple yet revolutionary plan that provides the quintessential missing link absent from most other fertility programs – namely, the importance of not only boosting both male and female fertility simultaneously but bold new evidence showing how, when couples work together in certain special and unique ways, they can create a unified fertility power boost strong enough to take them from infertile to fertile in as little as three months

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Kaiya posted: Recently at my list Over40Mommies a woman joined who is 50 or 51 years old, and also has older children.

She now is with a new husband who is in his 30s.

There is a history of several mature pregnancies in her family.

Most notably her maternal grandmother who gave birth to her uncle at 54 years old.

Her grandmother had many births at home, but she decided to go to the hospital for the birth of the uncle who was perfectly healthy.

So she doesn't feel she is too old.

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Evie posted: I have done a lot of genealogy research along with my girlfriend (on her family).

We found there were SO MANY natural oops babies in their late forties and early 50s.

Keep up the hope ladies!

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Louise posted: A woman who has had children at 40, 42 and 44 years old herself was talking to a nurse in her doctor's office.

The nurse told a story of a woman who, at 56 years old, came in complaining of weight gain and abdominal discomfort.

She had not had a cycle in years so they didn't think pregnancy at first.

They did a number of tests for other things, only to discover she was actually pregnant and nearly 6 months along!!

She had a healthy baby girl three months later.

Her husband was in his 60s.


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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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I'm now 48 years old, and just had a positive pregnancy test.

My husband and I are so excited about finally having a baby.

I am hoping I won't have a miscarriage.

It's a huge fear for me, I worry constantly about every little problem.

In the meantime, I'm bracing myself for comments, both from health care professionals *and* from our relatives.

I hope they will be accepting, but I am afraid I will receive negative comments about our ages, and possible health problems with our baby.


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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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Check out the Lifetime movie, Love Lessons...

The story is based on a true story, about a woman who is 54 years old, about to retire, and then got pregnant by accident.

She decided to keep the child, in spite of her husband's objections.

The doctor told her all the problems she could have.

But in the end, the doctor said most older women usually do okay...

Love Lessons - Watch Online


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Image: The Art of Pregnancy After 40: A Personal Journey, Medical Standards, Myths, and the Latest Research (The Simple Green Life Book Series 1) | Kindle Edition | by Katka Konecna-Rivera (Author). Publisher: Living Green with Baby; 2 edition (March 1, 2016)The Art of Pregnancy After 40: A Personal Journey
by Katka Konecna-Rivera

-- Whether you never considered having children; or time passed while you were having too much fun or working on your career; or you haven't had luck getting pregnant for years; or had children earlier in life and then you decided to have more... you can definitely identify with this book in more ways than one.

The book shall serve as an informal guide to lifestyle, diet, exercise, partnership and pregnancy at this age, offering motivation, inspiration as well as strength.

Filled with practical advice, an inspiring journey, and a wealth of resources, The Art of Pregnancy After 40 will support, nurture, and guide you toward becoming pregnant after 40.

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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 that 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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My grandmother had her sixth and last baby when she was 47 years old.

Yes, it was a spontaneous pregnancy.

She thought she was having the menopause.

She was surprised to give birth to a healthy baby boy, at home, after 45-minute labor.

He's in his 50s now, and a physician and father himself.

My grandmother was VERY shocked, needless to say.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What He Can Expect When She's Not Expecting: How to Support Your Wife, Save Your Marriage, and Conquer Infertility!, by Marc Sedaka and Gregory Rosen. Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (March 8, 2011)What He Can Expect When She's Not Expecting
How to Support Your Wife, Save Your Marriage, and Conquer Infertility!
by Marc Sedaka and Gregory Rosen

-- Mark Sedaka stood by while he and his wife endured endless rounds of drug therapies, sixteen artificial inseminations, ten in-vitro fertilizations, three miscarriages, and, finally, a gestational surrogate (womb for rent) who carried their twin girls to term.

He was as supportive and loving as he could be, but he really wished he'd had a book like What He Can Expect When She's Not Expecting during the process. Most books about dealing with infertility are geared toward women, leaving the man to his own devices when it comes to comfort and encouragement (never a good idea).

With the help of his own infertility doctor, Sedaka provides straightforward guy-friendly advice on situations such as: What questions you should ask at the consultations, how to help rather than annoy, what kinds of tests you and your wife should expect, how to console a wife who appears inconsolable, and how to enjoy procreation sex.

Sedaka's accessible, empathetic voice, combined with the fact that he experienced everything he writes about, makes this a must-have book for any infertile couple.

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This is how you can mess up, and find yourself pregnant at 50 years old.

That's EXACTLY what happened to the mother of a friend of mine many years ago.

She was having herself a casual little fling with a man she'd met in the Bahamas.

She thought she was post-menopausal, done with birth control and wham!

She found herself pregnant at 53 years old!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 320 pages
Click to order/for more info: The Infertility Cure
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I am just a couple months shy of being 49 years old and have been making my empty nest plans with excitement.

Then I recently found out I am expecting baby #4 on my 27-year-old's birthday.

My youngest is almost 16 years old, learning to drive and full of teenage attitude!!

I should be the poster Mom for poor family planning.

I had babies when I was 22 years old, 23 years old, then again at 33 years old, and now again at 49 years old!

When I went to the doctor five years ago and asked for a tubal ligation, he told me I had less than a 1% chance of getting pregnant at my age.

Only people who bought donor eggs got pregnant in their 40s, was his remark.

I had my doubts about his advice, and continued birth control until just a few months ago, thinking if it was 1% five years ago, surely it was zero now?

Wrong!!


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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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