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Thank you very much for sharing the post about what it was like to be 47 years old and pregnant.

I am only five weeks pregnant, and I will be 47 years old next month.

Even though I had a baby four years ago (at 43 years old), I am nervous now about my age.

Your post reminded me that I don't really have to worry.

Look at how well things worked out for you.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertile Kitchen Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility, by Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque. Publisher: 3L Publishing (November 20, 2009)pixelThe Fertile Kitchen Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility
by Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque

-- Are you one of the millions of couples desperately trying to conceive a baby? Are you aware that diet plays a critical role in fertility? Would you like to unlock the secrets to changing your diet and potentially increasing your chances of success?

Co-authors Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque -- when confronted with Cindy's medical prognosis of a two percent chance of conceiving a baby on her own -- unlocked those secrets to develop a fertility diet that four months later produced a viable pregnancy, and soon after a healthy baby.

The Fertile KitchenCookbook includes a variety of simple-to-make tasty dishes that make the diet easy to follow. In this cookbook, the authors share these flavorful recipes, along with the dietary guidelines that helped them succeed. Additional tips and even a section on cooking basics, are included.

You will learn: The importance of diet in conception and pregnancy, what foods you can and cannot eat to enhance fertility, how to identify and shop for healthy ingredients and food items, how to prepare the nutritious and fertility-enhancing recipes included.

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Image: Huichol woman wear their own jewelry to beautify their selves. Photo credit: Jupagame on Wikimedia Commons
Do you honestly feel it is possible for you to get pregnant, or do you feel you are too old?

Remember, in the last 50 years, births to women over the age of 40 have increased 50 percent.

In cultures where women have not been told that their eggs are too old, they are often able to conceive in their fifties and even in their sixties.

The Huichol Indians of Mexico are such a culture.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant, by Jorge Chavarro, Walter Willett, Patrick Skerrett. Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)pixelThe Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
by Jorge Chavarro, Walter Willett, Patrick Skerrett

-- Reveals startling new research from the landmark Nurses' Health Study, which shows that the food you eat can boost your fertility.

The book prescribes ten simple changes in diet and activity that can increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Groundbreaking findings into changes you can put into practice today, setting the stage for a healthy pregnancy and forming the foundation for an eating strategy that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

The Fertility Diet also offers a week's worth of meal plans and delicious recipes that will make following the guidelines easy and tasty.

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Image: Peggy - Grandma Lander, by Mike Renlund, on Flickr
Might I add a colleague of mine gave birth to her daughter at 44 years old.

Her husband was a bit younger but, after one miscarriage, she was successful with NO medical intervention.

My husband's buddy at 50-something years old just had his first daughter with his 44 year old wife.

She too had a miscarriage first.

They weren't even trying when she got pregnant the first time, and they were overjoyed.

They were crushed when she lost the baby.

Then she got pregnant again at 43 years old.

No intervention, their eggs, their sperm, their success.

As far as I'm concerned, this can and WILL happen for me, it's only a matter of time.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Enhancing Fertility Naturally: Holistic Therapies for a Successful Pregnancy, by Nicky Wesson. Publisher: Healing Arts Press (April 1, 1999)pixelEnhancing Fertility Naturally: Holistic Therapies for a Successful Pregnancy
by Nicky Wesson

-- outlines ways in which you can improve your fertility through alternative therapies, diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques and avoid some of the hazards associated with conventional treatments.

It discusses the most common causes of infertility and explains how to determine which therapy is most appropriate for you.

In vitro fertilization, conventional medicine's most prescribed remedy for infertility problems, is expensive, dangerous, and has a success rate of only 14 percent, yet few of the one in six couples that experience infertility are aware of the effectiveness and safety provided by the wide range of alternative treatments.

Thoroughly researched and packed full of invaluable advice and tips, the book explores such therapies as acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, aromatherapy, and herbal-ism.

The author includes case histories for each of the therapies discussed, showing how the therapies helped couples overcome both primary and secondary infertility in order to have the baby they longed for.

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Image: 55-Year-Old Gives BirthSep. 9, 1987 -- A 55-year-old grandmother delivered a healthy boy Wednesday, becoming the oldest woman to give birth in Britain. The 65-year-old father said he was over the moon.

Kathleen Campbell, who has six other children ranging in age from 16 to 22, gave birth by Caesarean section at Nottingham City Hospital, the hospital reported.

The baby, named Joby Isaac, weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Mother and baby are both fine and are now resting, a hospital official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. There were no complications.

Mrs. Campbell, who was born in Ireland, was 55 years and 141 days old Wednesday. She and her husband, Sydney, a retired welder, live in Cotmanhay in central England. Their oldest child is 22.

The couple are grandparents, but the hospital was unable to say how many grandchildren they have.

The baby's father rejoiced over the birth, saying: It wouldn't have bothered me if it had been twins or triplets.

He added: My youngest son is 16 years old now and the new baby will be something to have around the house.

Previously, the record for the oldest woman to give birth in Britain was held by the late Winifred Wilson of Eccles in northwest England. She gave birth to her 10th child in 1936 at age 55 and three days, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Doctors had advised Mrs. Campbell that having a baby might endanger her life because she weighed 294 pounds and had high blood pressure. But during the pregnancy, she lost 70 pounds and her health improved.

Two out of every 1 million births in Britain are to women over 50. Menopause, the permanent cessation of menstruation, usually occurs between age 40 and 50.

According to the Guinness book, the oldest mother was Ruth Alice Kistler, who gave birth to a daughter at Glendale near Los Angeles on Oct. 18, 1956. She was 57 years and 129 days old.

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Update: Amazing Story Of The 55-year Age Gap That Brings Joy... And Lots Of Heartache


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank, by Evelina W Sterling, Angie Best-Boss. Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (March 17, 2009)pixel
Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank
by Evelina W Sterling, Angie Best-Boss

-- Having a baby can be one of the most wonderful times of your life -- but if you need help to conceive, it can swiftly become a staggeringly expensive undertaking.

With the average cost of infertility treatments ranging from $35,000 to $85,000 in the United States (most of which is not covered by insurance companies), many women and couples find themselves having to make difficult choices about building their families.

Getting a grip on your finances is one of the few things you can do to regain control of this process. Infertility experts Evelina Weidman Sterling and Angie Best-Boss have created the ultimate guide to ensuring the most cost-effective care with the highest chances for success.

With anecdotes, interviews, and advice from both doctors and patients, you can easily apply these specific money-saving strategies to your own unique situation.

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Image: Summer hair, by Troy Stoi on FreeImageMy niece must be a fluke!

My cousin became pregnant at 45 years old, and delivered her at 46 years old.

I have become pregnant three times in my 40's, but I miscarried.

I plan on proving anyone wrong who claims us over 40 ladies can't.

Don't listen to that junk.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Insider's Guide to Egg Donation: A Compassionate and Comprehensive Guide for All Parents-to-Be, by Wendie Wilson-Miller and Erika Napoletano. Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (May 15, 2012)pixelThe Insider's Guide to Egg Donation:
A Compassionate and Comprehensive Guide for All Parents-to-Be
by Wendie Wilson-Miller and Erika Napoletano

-- In their search for alternative means for building a family, those who face infertility turn to the nearly 500 reproductive specialty clinics across the United States.

While egg donors enter into the picture for a variety of reasons, every reason has the same desired result: a family to call one’s own.

Same-sex and single-by-choice parents are more prevalent than ever in the fertility industry, and there is no definitive, up-to-date guide to help families of all types approach egg donation, especially these niche groups. Resources are fragmented, true regardless of the family structure.

The Insider's Guide to Egg Donation is the first how-to-handbook that helps families of all types navigate the less talked about but widely practiced egg donor landscape with a warm and friendly tone, giving those in search of a different kind of stork the answers and information they need as they begin to research family-building options.

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Image: Twins, by Mae, on Flickr
My TCM [Traditional Chinese Medicine] doctor told me the same thing, that we never use all of our eggs in a lifetime.

Our bodies just don't function the same as when we were young.

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

She wasn't even TTC [trying to conceive].

She said she O'd [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 O'd on our charts.

She has seen it happen several times.

A really hot night of bd'ing [baby dancing] can cause us to O [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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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank, by Evelina W Sterling, Angie Best-Boss. Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (March 17, 2009)pixel
Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank
by Evelina W Sterling, Angie Best-Boss

-- Having a baby can be one of the most wonderful times of your life -- but if you need help to conceive, it can swiftly become a staggeringly expensive undertaking.

With the average cost of infertility treatments ranging from $35,000 to $85,000 in the United States (most of which is not covered by insurance companies), many women and couples find themselves having to make difficult choices about building their families.

Getting a grip on your finances is one of the few things you can do to regain control of this process. Infertility experts Evelina Weidman Sterling and Angie Best-Boss have created the ultimate guide to ensuring the most cost-effective care with the highest chances for success.

With anecdotes, interviews, and advice from both doctors and patients, you can easily apply these specific money-saving strategies to your own unique situation.

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Image: Mother and Child, by Bob Whitehead / Robert Whitehead, on Flickr

We aren't doing anything extraordinary.


But what keeps me going... keeps me hoping...

Is knowing someone (my sister's mother-in-law) who had a surprise pregnancy at 50!


She delivered a healthy baby girl.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest For Children, by Sylvia Hewlett. Publisher: Miramax; 1 edition (April 10, 2002)pixelCreating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest For Children
by Sylvia Hewlett

-- A survey, undertaken specially for this book, shows that 40% of women earning $50,000 or more a year are childless at age 45.

So why is the age-old business of having babies so very elusive for this generation of high-achieving women?

Why is it that all the new power and prestige does not translate into easier choices on the family front?

It seems that women can be astronauts, CEOs, Secretaries of State, but increasingly, they cannot be mothers.

Sylvia Hewlett's powerful book looks at the hard and disturbing facts and goes on to advocate a new way of approaching the question of motherhood vs. career for a new generation of women.

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Image: Our friend's adorable baby girl. Photo credit: Jamison Thies on FreeImages

I had a bit of a breakdown in a boutique store, when the manager came out from behind the counter.

She was pregnant.

But... then I found out she was 44 years old!



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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Sperm Meets Egg Plan: Getting Pregnant Faster, by Deanna Roy. Published: Casey Shay Press (October 9, 2012)pixelThe 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 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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Image: Julia|My niece, by Aldo Cauchi Savona, on Flickr
Will I go au naturel with my very last baby?

I will be two months past 44 years old when I deliver my baby.

My plan is to take the natural path.

I will, however, give myself permission to waiver from that decision if I feel I can't take the pain.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally: The Latest Information On Conceiving a Healthy Baby On Your Timetable, by Christopher D. Williams. Publisher: Hyperion; 2 Rev Upd edition (November 29, 2006)pixelThe Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally:
The Latest Information On Conceiving a Healthy Baby On Your Timetable
by Christopher D. Williams

-- Each year a new group of couples decides they're ready to have a baby.

One thing they all share: the desire to have a healthy baby as quickly as possible.

They've done their thinking, they've made their plans, and they want to get pregnant NOW.

Fortunately for them, renowned fertility specialist Christopher Williams, M.D., has updated his popular guide, The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally (nearly 43,000 copies sold), to include all the later findings.

Since the first edition was published in 2001, there have been significant changes in fertility research and recommendations to maximize the odds during each cycle. The revised edition includes:
- An updated introduction
- Revised and reader-friendly figures
- Current statistics
- An examination of new products
- Up-to-date nutritional information
- New developments in all studies covered in the original book
- The latest resource and reading information
- A new chapter preparing readers for the first appointment with a fertility doctor
This book continues to be a valuable and timely resource for couples ready to start their families.

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