Image: Unhappy Baby. Stock Photo credit: Steve ClaytonAll I want to say is congratulations!

Your undoubted great shape and health will probably be in your favour.

I'm about 22 weeks pregnant now.

And I will be 46 years old, when the baby is born.

BEST of luck to you....I'm so happy for you.
- Suzanne


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

The problem is that despite the fact that 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 that getting pregnant in your 40’s is no easy task. The probability of conceiving alone is quite low in comparison to women who are in their 20’s or early 30’s.

But this does not mean that a woman in her 40’s cannot bear a child. If you are in your 40’s and have found out that you are pregnant, there are a lot of things that you should prepare for.

Although there are a lot of articles and other written works that say that getting pregnant in your 40’s 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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Hi, 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, I meet my husband and found piece 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 mother after 40, the whole society is focused on younger mothers.

Anyway, to our great surprise I turned out to be pregnant at the age of 47, I only found out after about 2 months.

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

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

I never dreamed that a child could give such joy to your life and now I sometimes regret that I did not go for it earlier, but that is life, you take it as it comes and it is no guarantee that you would have been happier if you had acted differently.

My son is one and 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 40's 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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I was 41 when I delivered my oldest and 44 when I delivered my twins.

Both pregnancies were relatively easy.

No morning sickness, high blood pressure or gestational diabetes.

My worst symptoms were exhaustion, reflux and itchy tummy.


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Image: Cooking for Fertility, by Kathryn Flynn (Actor), Tiffany Pollard (Actor), RJ McHatton (Director) | Format: DVD. Studio: Inventive Productions. DVD Release Date: May 26, 2010Cooking for Fertility
by Kathryn Flynn (Actor), Tiffany Pollard (Actor), RJ McHatton (Director) | Format: DVD
Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (1 review)

-- In this 105 minute DVD, you will learn how to make 12, scrumptious, easy to prepare, fertility enhancing meals.

Discover the healing and regenerative powers of these foods and understand how time tested Chinese Medicine principles apply to your vitality and your virility!

In Cooking for Fertility, Kathryn and Tiffany walk you through fertility meal preparation, taking you beyond the recipes and into the most fertile methods for preparing your foods.

From there you can create many of your own Cooking for Fertility meals in a snap! Includes full recipes, important resources, and bonus footage to support you on your journey to conception. Enjoy!

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Want to hold virtual hands with another over 45 year old club member?

I'm here!

Pregnant at 45 years old - for the first time!

From what I've read a little - over 5000 women over 45 years old have babies in the US every year.


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Image: Cooking for Fertility, by Kathryn Flynn (Actor), Tiffany Pollard (Actor), RJ McHatton (Director) | Format: DVD. Studio: Inventive Productions. DVD Release Date: May 26, 2010Cooking for Fertility
by Kathryn Flynn (Actor), Tiffany Pollard (Actor), RJ McHatton (Director) | Format: DVD
Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (1 review)

-- In this 105 minute DVD, you will learn how to make 12, scrumptious, easy to prepare, fertility enhancing meals.

Discover the healing and regenerative powers of these foods and understand how time tested Chinese Medicine principles apply to your vitality and your virility!

In Cooking for Fertility, Kathryn and Tiffany walk you through fertility meal preparation, taking you beyond the recipes and into the most fertile methods for preparing your foods.

From there you can create many of your own Cooking for Fertility meals in a snap! Includes full recipes, important resources, and bonus footage to support you on your journey to conception. Enjoy!

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Image: Three boys struggle to retrieve their ball from the sea down at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, by Ken Banks (kiwanja), on Flickr
Just in case you need an encouraging word, no, you are not too old!!

I am 48 years old and have three sons: 10, 9, and 5 years old.

So, I was 43 years old when the youngest was born.

All three were high risk because of my age, and had scary numbers, but we opted not to have amniocentesis done for any of them.

The only thing wrong with any of them is that they are WILD, messy, bug-eating, noisy boys!!

They were all born via C-section after unproductive labors; otherwise, everything was just fine.

If your age is your worry, I hope you'll think of this old geezer with YOUNG children who are healthy enough to drive her crazy!!

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Image: The Sperm Meets Egg Plan: Getting Pregnant Faster, by Deanna Roy. Published: Casey Shay Press (October 9, 2012)The 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: Sam in the Sunbeam, by Dean Johnson, on Flickr
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 was [follicle stimulating hormone].

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 work best for you and start you family, today.

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Image: Easter Egg hunt - Photo credit: Paul Turnbull on freeimages.com
MOST women from about age 13 to age 52 can get pregnant after sexual intercourse.

These are called the reproductive years.

If you're sexually active, and you don't want to get pregnant, you DO have to use a reliable form of birth control.


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