Image: Older and Pregnant | Asbury Park PressThe 44-year-old mom, Lorene Walters of Keyport smiles often, especially when talking about her family.

With the addition of daughter Brooklynn Marie, she smiles even more.

She's just beautiful! Walters says.

But Walters' love of family didn't stop her from feeling a bit nervous when first learning she was pregnant.

It wasn't the unplanned pregnancy that made her a tad anxious but her age: Walters is 44 years old.

I was scared at first because my son, Greg, is 21, and just the thought of starting over... sometimes I think of how old I'll be when she's 20.

Greg's first words to me were: Mom! What are you, crazy? she says, then laughs.

Still, she and her fiance, Steve Rinck, 39, were thrilled.

Walters, a clerk for the state Motor Vehicle Commission, met Rinck, who is divorced, after her husband died of liver cancer. It was meant to be.

Starting over brings bliss and anxiety, she says of the baby, whom they call Brooke.

Her extended family including Greg, her parents and grandparents, and Rinck's daughters, Stephanie, 15, and Tiffany, 12 - who couldn't wait for Brooke to be born.

Because of her age, Walters' doctor sent her to the Monmouth Medical Group in Long Branch doctors who specialize in high-risk pregnancies and maternal-fetal medicine and they monitored the baby's growth.

Knowing as an older woman she had a greater chance of having a Down syndrome baby, she had amniocentesis done.

I didn't want to go nine months, worrying.

She admits, too, that she was more tired during this pregnancy than during her pregnancy with Greg, something she attributes to her age.

Still, when it comes to older women getting pregnant, Walters says she'd advise it if they have a support system in place, like she does with her family.

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Originally posted on April 25, 2006.


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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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Image: Mother With the Longest Interval Between Kids (41 years). Photo credit: oddee.comElizabeth Ann Buttle is the mother who holds the record for the longest interval between the birth of two children.

Belinda Buttle was born on May 19, 1956 when Elizabeth Ann Buttle was 19 years old.

Joseph Buttle was born on November 20, 1997 when Elizabeth Ann Buttle was 60 years old.

The babies were born 41 years 185 days apart.

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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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Image: Mother and Daughter, photo courtesy of Kenn W. Kiser on MorgueFile.com
Is it possible that this woman had no idea that she could conceive?

I have a friend who continued with her regular monthly cycle until she was 72 years old!

She had no idea that she could still conceive until her doctor began to question her about it.

She ended up having an a hysterectomy, so as not to risk pregnancy at her age.

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Image: Enhancing Fertility: A Couple's Guide to Natural Approaches, by Chris D. Meletis and Liz Brown. Publisher: Basic Health Pubns; 1 edition (May 2004)Enhancing Fertility: A Couple's Guide to Natural Approaches
by Chris D. Meletis and Liz Brown

-- This book is dedicated to the millions of couples who are trying to get pregnant without success.

Rather than assuming that you are infertile, you can try the many reliable natural remedies and resources in this book.

Barring physical problems beyond your control, you have the power to take charge of your health and boost your fertility.

The authors' goal is simple: to provide a clear guide to conception based on natural, safe, well-researched therapeutic approaches.

Nutritional, environmental, botanical, and physical medicines, as well as traditional Chinese medical practices and homeopathy, all offer ways to promote fertility.

Both men and women will find a wealth of helpful information on what to do-individually and together--to fully realize their fertility potential.

Even if infertility isn't a problem, and you are simply planning to get pregnant and want to deliver a healthy baby, this book will help improve your chances.

Anyone seeking to become a parent will benefit from this book's practical, time-tested wisdom.

The healthier a woman is, the greater likelihood the seed of life will find fertile soil and grow into a healthy baby.

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Image: Baby hands - hand by hand. Photo credit: Hajnalka Ardai Mrs.

Hey -- let me tell you, my brother in law's mother had him -- her last child at 52!!

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


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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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Image: Play Mates. Photo credit: Jeff Osborn on FreeImages.comWe 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, and 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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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Infertility Survival Handbook, by Elizabeth Swire-Falker. Publisher: Riverhead Trade; 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.

People often ask me why I decided to write this book and why I chose to be so honest and straight-forward about what it's like to be infertile. The answer is simple: I was confused by the information I found on infertility treatment and I felt tremendously isolated and alone.

I was walking to my car after an acupuncture session one day and I was angry (why me?), frustrated (for every step forward it seemed we were taking two steps backward), confused (was the acupuncture really a waste of time and money?). But most of all I was scared – was I ever going to have the baby I dreamed of and longed for?

I wandered into a bookstore hoping to find the one book that could help me deal with my pain and confusion. Book after book was written by physicians who seemed to know nothing about what infertility was like for the patient (clearly these men had all impregnated their wives on the first try).

They may have explained what a Hysterosalpinogram involved, but none of the books told me how absolutely horrific it was to live through or why it's so important to have it done.

In this frank, reassuring, and thoroughly researched handbook, Elizabeth 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.

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Image: Hiding Behind Hands, by Kind of Bruin, on FlickrMy grandmother had her sixth and last baby at 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 a 45 minute labour.

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

My grandmother was VERY shocked, needless to say.

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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 invitro 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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Image: Pregnant, by jdurham, on Morguefile
I will be 44 years old in April.

I am five weeks pregnant with my seventh child...YIKES!

My six children are 21, 18, 15, 10, 4 and 2 years old.

All are happy about it (the youngest two don't know or care).

But the 15 year old had problems with the news.

What's up with that?

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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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Image: Enjoying the cake, by James Emery (hoyasmeg), on FlickrI had my last boy who is now 9 years old, when I was 44 years old.

There was a 12 and 17 year gap between my other children.

Total shock - I had just started a new job, and had all the tests.

I worked until two days before he was due.

My blood pressure stayed static the whole time and apart from putting on mega weight... I blossomed!

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Every Drunken Cheerleader: Why Not Me?, by Kristine Ireland Waits. Publisher: Endurance Publishing (March 1, 2010)Every Drunken Cheerleader
Why Not Me?
by Kristine Ireland Waits

-- If you're eager to have a baby, doesn't the title say enough? Laugh, cry, share, relate - LOVE this book and all it offers to your soul. It's wit, wisdom and warmth from an author you'll quickly see as your sincere fertility-challenged friend.

This information-packed, inspiring story is for women who are struggling with infertility and for those trying to support them. Enjoy an easy-reading journey you'll remember throughout life. Overwhelmed at the idea of dealing with friends' baby showers, insurance, husbands, needles, tears, heartbreak and surprises?

This book captures it all in a delightful way that's packed full of truths and challenges to keep you moving forward. Indulge in a journey - reading this book - that will have you throwing your head back in laughter, curling up in the comfort of feeling understood, having raw honesty give you permission to be exactly who you are.

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Image: Richard, Sue, Greg, and CJ, by Ted Johnson, on Flickr
On the pregnancy graduation thread, the oldest woman thus far on the board was also a natural conception at 48 years old.

With her delivery happening just before her 49th birthday.

It came as a complete surprise for both she and her boyfriend.

Her baby was a healthy boy, delivered in 2005.

Unfortunately BabyCenter deletes old threads, and she no longer posts with us on the grad thread as being a single working mom is quite a job.

I remember her posting pics of herself and belly and baby and she looked great.

I believe it was a fairly uneventful pregnancy.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Mind-Body Fertility Connection: The True Pathway to Conception, by James Schwartz. Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2008)The Mind-Body Fertility Connection: The True Pathway to Conception
by James Schwartz

-- Now there is new hope for the millions of women worldwide who have had difficulty trying to conceive.

The Mind-Body Fertility Connection explores the feelings, emotions and beliefs that may be blocking conception, and it provides the necessary tools to create a successful pregnancy.

By bringing together the latest scientific data and innovative mind-body techniques, this book unveils a new pathway to conception: a pathway of healing through the emotions which allows women to unblock the potential for childbearing.

This book dissects the feelings, beliefs and old emotional injuries which often create subconscious obstacles that can disrupt an otherwise healthy functioning reproductive system.

It delves into an unexplored realm that not only exposes the hidden barriers which can cause infertility but also reveals the secrets that can lead to a successful pregnancy.

The Mind-Body Fertility Connection helps women experience their fertility as a journey of empowerment and presents a fresh new perspective on how to create conception.

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