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I went to the doctor on Tuesday, and they confirmed that I am definitely pregnant.

I'll be six weeks tomorrow, and I will be 46 years old when I deliver this baby.

I told my parents and my sister, but that will be all for now.

I miscarried last time and had already told everyone.

My boyfriend seems to be a bit better about things. I think it'll change when I start to show.

Let me know how things are going for you...
I think as soon as we stopped trying - I got pregnant!

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy, by Ophelia Austin-Small. Publisher: Calla Lilly Press / Lulu.com; 2 edition (December 27, 2007)Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy
by Ophelia Austin-Small

-- Pregnancy books on the market have one of two audiences- the teen with an unplanned pregnancy or the adult with a planned and chosen one.

Nowhere is there a book for the almost 3 million adult women facing surprise pregnancy every year.

Surprise Motherhood is aimed directly at that gap, telling the stories of Ophelia and other women who have faced unplanned pregnancy as adult, professional women.

With extensive information about options, paternity, career issues, postpartum depression, finances, and more, Surprise Motherhood is the only reference of its kind, and is sure to be an invaluable reader resource.

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Image: Photo credit: Sleeping Beauty, by jzuidema79, on FreeImages.comWomen over 40 DO NOT have a higher risk for Down's Syndrome babies. That statistic is skewed.

The risk is higher for Down's babies with a FIRST pregnancy and since in the last 20 years a greater majority of women were choosing to put off having babies until in their 40's all of a sudden the instances of Down's babies over the age of 40 increased drastically!

But it wasn't women in general over 40 having babies...it was STILL first pregnancies with the high risk - it just so happened that many more of these first pregnancies were occurring over age 40.

Thus the stats changed but were never explained accurately.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives, by Kathryn Lynard Soper (Author), Martha Sears (Foreword). Publisher: Woodbine House; 1 edition (May 15, 2007)Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives
by Kathryn Lynard Soper (Author), Martha Sears (Foreword)

-- Having a baby with Down syndrome is not something most parents would willingly choose. Yet many who travel this path discover rich, unexpected rewards along the way.

In this candid and poignant collection of personal stories, sixty-three mothers describe the gifts of respect, strength, delight, perspective, and love, which their child with Down syndrome has brought into their lives.

The contributors to this collection have diverse personalities and perspectives, and draw from a wide spectrum of ethnicity, world views, and religious beliefs. Some are parenting within a traditional family structure; some are not.

Some never considered terminating their pregnancy; some struggled with the decision. Some were calm at the time of diagnosis; some were traumatized. Some write about their pregnancy and the months after giving birth; some reflect on years of experience with their child.

Their diverse experiences point to a common truth: The life of a child with Down syndrome is something to celebrate. These women have something to say--not just to other mothers but to all of us.

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Image: Baby. Photo Credit: marcos_bh
I am 53 years old, and was divorced in 1997 after 22 years of marriage.

I met a wonderful person in 1998, and we married a year later.

I have three girls from my first marriage, the oldest is now 30 and twins who will be 25 this December.

In 2000, at age 47, we were blessed with a set of twins, one boy and one girl. The second time around is so much easier.

Knowing the importance that I play in their lives has made me more patient with everything. I love the time spent as a family again.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Marriages and Pregnancy Losses: One Woman's Personal Experience, by Kathleen Smith. Publisher: lulu.com (February 3, 2011)Marriages and Miscarriages: One Woman's Personal Experience
by Kathleen Smith

-- Kathleen Smith shares her experience regarding the three pregnancy losses she experienced.

The trials and emotional changes, the feelings experienced when being around other pregnant woman after having had a pregnancy loss, how turning to God got her through them, and more.

Kathleen, a mother of three and entering her sixteenth year of marriage, relates her personal feelings and emotions.

As you read the book you will experience a conversation with Kathleen about this topic, and learn how one woman dealt and struggled with this topic.

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Image: Yawning - not crying - 8 days old, by jessicafm  / Jessica Merz, on FlickrI found out that I was pregnant when I was 43 years old.

I turned 44 years old, and gave birth to a beautiful, healthy little boy in November.

The pregnancy was just about like the other ones, and the delivery was uneventful.

I did have an amnio which eased my fears a lot.

He was totally unplanned and I was in shock, denial, and depression for a good while.

Now that he is here, I love him dearly.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy, by Ophelia Austin-Small. Publisher: Calla Lilly Press / Lulu.com; 2 edition (December 27, 2007)Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy
by Ophelia Austin-Small

-- Pregnancy books on the market have one of two audiences- the teen with an unplanned pregnancy or the adult with a planned and chosen one.

Nowhere is there a book for the almost 3 million adult women facing surprise pregnancy every year.

Surprise Motherhood is aimed directly at that gap, telling the stories of Ophelia and other women who have faced unplanned pregnancy as adult, professional women.

With extensive information about options, paternity, career issues, postpartum depression, finances, and more, Surprise Motherhood is the only reference of its kind, and is sure to be an invaluable reader resource.

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Image: Roslyn at birth, by Jessica Merz, on Flickr
I have to share the story about my 44 year old friend, who got a positive pregnancy test with Dr. Zhang...

She just did her first cycle with Dr. Zhang, and got her BFP [big fat positive - positive pregnancy test]!!

Isn't that great!?!

She transferred two 2 day embies [embryos]....

She took Clomid on this mini-IVF [in vitro fertilization] cycle...

She has never been pregnant before...

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertile Female: How the Power of Longing for a Child Can Save Your Life and Change the World, by Julia Indichova. Publisher: Adell Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2007)The Fertile Female: How the Power of Longing for a Child Can Save Your Life and Change the World
by Julia Indichova

-- Written by an author whose expertise grew from an extensive counseling practice as well as personal experience.

The Fertile Female offers a hope-filled view of reproductive difficulties, with a deeper understanding of the often-confusing messages of mind-body and alternative medicine.

With an engaging mix of passion and humor the book initiates a public debate on the politics of infertility and its effect on our health care system.

Includes practice exercises and a section on dietary recommendations, complete with recipes.

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Marilyn McCusker Shannon, healthy baby at 47
Marilyn M. Shannon (author of Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition) had a healthy baby at age 47 (almost 48) without using fertility drugs.

Ron and Marilyn are the parents of nine children, ages 30 to 3. Their seventh and ninth children were adopted as babies, and their eighth was born to them shortly before Marilyn's 48th birthday.

The Shannons live on a small farm in Indiana , where the family interests include raising dairy goats, sheep, and chickens, gardening, and beekeeping.

Marilyn and her husband Ron have been a Teaching Couple for the Couple to Couple League for Natural Family Planning (NFP) since 1982. Her interest in the impact of nutrition on reproductive health is an outgrowth of her educational background and her experience as an NFP instructor.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition 4th Edition, by Marilyn M. Shannon. Publisher: Couple to Couple League (January 1, 2009)Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition 4th Edition
by Marilyn M. Shannon

-- How your diet affects your menstrual cycles and fertility...

Self help strategies for PMS, infertility, painful periods, pre-menopause, repeated pregnancy loss, irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, pregnancy, and male infertility.

The premise which prompted Marilyn Shannon to write the first edition of Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition in 1990 has more scientific backing than ever before: There are many cycle irregularities that can either be eliminated or alleviated simply through better nutrition or body balance.

In this completely updated and expanded edition, Shannon identifies the specific nutrition and targeted supplementation that can be used as self-care to overcome cycle problems or improve fertility.

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Image: Women's feet - standing toe to toe, by Päivi Tiittanen on freeimages.com

The friend who had a baby at 45 years old, that I mentioned yesterday, is a woman I know very well.

A few years ago I met a woman at a conference in Vancouver, who was born when her mother was 47 years old.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Stay Fertile Longer: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant Now--Or Whenever You're Ready, by Mary Kittel  and Deborah Metzger. Publisher: Rodale Books (August 26, 2004)Stay Fertile Longer: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant Now--Or Whenever You're Ready
by Mary Kittel and Deborah Metzger

-- Many women today dream of having it all -- a challenging career, a satisfying personal life, a loving mate, and a baby whenever they're ready.

But there's no denying the fact that their biological clocks are ticking away.

The odds of conceiving drop by 15 to 20 percent for a woman in her early 30's and plummet to less than 50 percent when she's in her 40's.

The good news is that there are a host of natural strategies every would-be mom can use today to preserve and optimize her fertility, so that she can conceive quickly and easily when she's ready.

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Image: Isabella, by Bev Sykes, on Flickr
My sister in law from Toronto had her first baby at 45 years old - a beautiful baby girl!

She said her OB/GYN was so supportive.

I have to remember... my grandma had my uncle in her 40's.

My mom had my little brother in her 40's..

I'm gonna follow the pattern!


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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: Khari in Va., by The Good Doctor / LesterSpence, on Flickr
Don't give up!! I had my baby at 45 years old.

Natural cycle with my RE [Reproductive Endocrinologist], no meds, followed cycle with bloodwork and ultrasounds.

HCG [human chorionic gonadotropin], referred to as the trigger shot to make sure Egg was released.

Two IUI's [Intrauterine insemination], referred to as Back to back IUI's.

I did have a great lining that month.

Rested on the couch after both IUI's.

I now have a beautiful boy!!

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: A Few Good Eggs: Two Chicks Dish on Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility, by Julie Vargo  and Maureen Regan. Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (May 30, 2006)A Few Good Eggs: Two Chicks Dish on Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility
by Julie Vargo and Maureen Regan

-- We are bombarded by images of blissful older mothers, such as Madonna and Celine Dion. But 'Hollywood' articles about pregnancy and fertility at middle age gloss over the tremendous amount of financial, emotional, and physical effort faced by couples struggling to conceive.

Ranges from technical to humorous and everything in between. What are good, snappy comebacks to the question, 'Why aren't you pregnant?' What is the difference between gonadotrophin releasing hormone and progesterone? Should you freeze your eggs?

These questions and many more are answered, and in the tone of a couple of good friends. Between them, the authors have gone through hormone treatments, pregnancy losses and multiple inseminations -- so they know firsthand the roller-coaster ride of trying to achieve pregnancy.

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