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

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

Even if it was, she wouldn't have had the money to pay for it.

As I stated on a different thread, my friend conceived her child naturally.

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

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy MiraclePregnancy Miracle
by Lisa Olsen

-- A 279-page, instantly downloadable e-book presenting a 5-step, sure-fire, 100% guaranteed, clinically proven holistic and ancient Chinese system for permanently reversing your infertility and your partner's infertility disorders and getting pregnant quickly, naturally and safely within 2-4 months without drugs, dangerous surgeries, side effects, or expensive infertility treatments.

It's probably the most powerful infertility reversal system ever developed, and currently the best-selling e-book of its kind on the entire Web!

Here's what the author Lisa Olson had to say about her incredible program:
After 14 years of trial, error and experimentation, I finally discovered the answer to infertility and developed a fool-proof system to getting pregnant the natural way - no drugs, or surgery necessary.


It took a lot of research to get to where I am today, to know exactly what works and what doesn't. Yes, after desperate trial and error, countless of useless treatments, disappointments and agony, a simple holistic system opened the door to my new and much brighter life of motherhood.

I was also excited to see that my other infertility related symptoms had diminished. After years of waiting I was finally free from Infertility! I have become a proud mother of two.

"And now I'm finally revealing my secrets in this new 'encyclopedia' of pregnancy called, Pregnancy Miracle."

"I will be your own personal coach, take you by the hand, and lead you through the lousy advice, hype and gimmicks... and directly to the sort of inner balance perfection that will end your battle with infertility forever and help you become a proud mother of your healthy children."

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Image: And A New Story Started ..., by Hamed Saber, on Flickr
Heard some great news at the OB [obstetrician] today!

They just had a 46 year old patient give birth to a healthy baby.

With her own eggs - a new office record!

Impressive huh?


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: How to Get Pregnant Fast: Crucial Knowledge for Getting Pregnant, by Hillary J Lowndes. Publisher: CreateSpace (January 13, 2012)-How to Get Pregnant Fast: Crucial Knowledge for Getting Pregnant
by Hillary J Lowndes

-- Discover the keys to getting giving yourself the best chances of getting pregnant. Don't surround yourself with information about what not to do.

Instead you can take proactive steps to make sure that everything is just right. If you feel you can't get pregnant it may be because you're not taking the right approach.

The best way to get pregnant doesn't have to be stressful.

You can take control once you learn some of the science, and some of the secrets that have been passed down through time.

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Image: Double Belly, by Bart Everson, on Flickr
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I am 43 years old, and just found out I am pregnant.

Yikes!

I am a single mom of two kids - 8 and 9 years old.

I went through a very nasty divorce a two years ago, but I live with my wonderful boyfriend now.

He has never had children and is excited about the prospect of a baby.

Me, I am not so sure.


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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I was on the phone with my health insurance company, trying to get some things straightened out.

Told the woman on the phone about my IVF [in vitro fertilization] cycle, etc. and the woman said Don't you worry...

Her sister got married late, thought she wouldn't be able to have a baby - and Boom!

She got pregnant at 45!



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Garden of Fertility: A Guide to Charting Your Fertility Signals to Prevent or Achieve Pregnancy--Naturally--and to Gauge Your Reproductive Health, by Katie Singer. Publisher: Avery Trade (April 22, 2004)-The Garden of Fertility: A Guide to Charting Your Fertility Signals to Prevent or Achieve Pregnancy--Naturally--and to Gauge Your Reproductive Health
by Katie Singer

-- A guide to using fertility awareness - that is, reading fertility signals in order to prevent or achieve pregnancy.

Certified fertility educator Katie Singer explains how to observe and chart fertility cycles to determine when a woman is most fertile to increase chances of conception, or to exercise birth control naturally - a method that, when followed precisely, is as effective as the Pill.

Unlike other books on fertility awareness, The Garden of Fertility also describes how to use the charts to gauge gynecological health and offers non-medical options for strengthening reproductive wellness.

This book provides all the information women never learned in sex education class, but should have.

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Image: Susan introduces herself to baby CJ, by Ted Johnson, on Flickr
New to this forum, and pregnant for the first time at 45.

Went for my first blood test and the pregnancy hormone, and my progesterone levels were all good.

BUT, I'm being advised to take the progesterone anyway, due to my age.

I have spoken with several friends who have had to take the progesterone, due to either trouble getting pregnant or trouble keeping a pregnancy.

I also got pregnant a lot faster than I thought I would.

I went to an acupuncturist for two months and, bang!, I'm pregnant.

So, believe me, I'm grateful!
- Lauren

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility, by Martha Diamond, David Diamond and Janet Jaffe. Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (June 1, 2005)-
Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility
by Martha Diamond, David Diamond and Janet Jaffe

-- For people experiencing infertility, wanting a baby is a craving unlike any other. The intensity of their longing is matched only by the complexity of the emotional maze they must navigate.

With insight and compassion, Drs. Janet Jaffe, Martha Diamond, and David Diamond-specialists in the field of Reproductive Psychology who have each experienced their own struggle with infertility-give couples the tools to:

 • Reduce their sense of helplessness and isolation
 • Identify their mates' coping styles to erase unfair expectations
 • Listen to their unsung lullabies--their conscious and unconscious dreams about having a family -- to mourn the losses of infertility and move on.

Ground-breaking, wise, and compassionate, Unsung Lullabies is a necessary companion for anyone coping with infertility.

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I have plenty of personal examples of women conceiving naturally over 40 years old.

My mother had me when she was 40 years old.

My aunt had three children after turning 40 years old.

My grandma had her last child when she was almost 46 years old.

...all of them naturally.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Green Tea in the Woman's World - Green Tea and Fertility, by Vida C. Marcele. Publication Date: February 22, 2012-Green Tea in the Woman's World - Green Tea and Fertility
by Vida C. Marcele

-- Water is the number one drink in the world, but tea is the second most popular. At the rate that green tea is going, it may become the most often drunk of all the teas.

The antioxidants that green tea provides have helped increase the popularity of green tea in North America and around the world.

New studies of the medicinal benefits of green tea and a focus in American society on being healthier and fighting obesity has led to a surge in popularity of green tea.

In addition, the aging baby boomers are focusing on being healthy later in life and looking for ways to prevent common health problems like heart disease and cancer.

Today the question is: what is green tea's role in the woman's world? What does green tea do for fertility levels?

Should a pregnant woman drink more green tea in order to be healthier during the term of the pregnancy? What about when she is breastfeeding?

Length: 17 pages

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My doctor has had success using the Estrogen Priming Protocol.

This protocol consists of an estrogen patch or Estrace tablets started about day 21 in the cycle before stimulation.

This has been very successful in bringing down FSH [follicle stimulating hormone] levels, which is a real benefit to women with borderline ovarian reserve.

This is similar to the protocol that Patti recently was successful getting pregnant with at 44 years old.

Yeah Patti!!

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: IVF: A Patient's Guide, by Rebecca Matthews. Publisher: lulu.com (February 7, 2011)-IVF: 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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The odds might be extremely slim with IVF [in vitro fertilization], they are not extremely slim in general.

I know of many, many successes over 40 years old.

These are some women I know personally.

If you ask them if it was hard to get pregnant after 40, their answer would likely be NO.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!, by Ivy Shih Leung. Publisher: Abbott Press (November 15, 2011)-One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!
by Ivy Shih Leung

-- Author Ivy Shih Leung shares her not-so-perfect road to motherhood in this book that is part memoir and part self-help guide, reflecting lessons learned in the form of helpful tips and information to empower readers on the biological and sociological roots behind postpartum depression (PPD).

She also seeks to raise awareness of the myths of motherhood and the stigma of PPD that contribute to the silent suffering of many mothers, as well as the importance of adequate social support in the early postpartum weeks.

A culmination of Ivy's frightening PPD journey and her emergence from it with a passion to learn more about perinatal mood disorders, this book is fueled with passion to help other women and their families, anger from the unnecessary suffering Ivy went through from the lack of information available to the public about PPD, her doctors' ignorance and lack of sensitivity, and public remarks like, There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance.

All of which shows there's still a long way to go in terms of educating the public about an illness that is suffered by one in eight new mothers.

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Image: Newborn, by Adam Selwood, on Flickr
It's true for some women, but not true for others.

Some women do get pregnant easily in their mid-40s.

Sorry, but it's just the truth.

Do you think my aunt told a lie when she had her baby at 45 years old?

Do you think she just pushed a big pillow under her clothing, and lied to everyone about being pregnant? {laughing hysterically}

No, it was for real.

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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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