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I am 45 years old, and I am 30 weeks pregnant with my eighth child.

This is my fifth pregnancy.

I have decided to forego all the testing, excepting for the routine blood work.

My midwife asked me if I would change anything or do anything, should the testing show any abnormalities - and I say NO!

So that kind of clinched it for me.


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 30s and plummet to less than 50 percent when she's in her 40s.

The good news is 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: Pregnancy Ultrasound, by MedicalPrudens on PixabayI got pregnant at 45.5 years old, after being told by Dr. Sher that I had no chance.

I was very happy to send him a birth announcement.

Natural... NO Nothing...

I had given up TCM [Traditional Chinese Medicine] a year before.

Was still strict about my diet... no sugar, no dairy and nothing white.

Still did wheat-grass a few times a week up until the beta [pregnancy test].


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope, by Tertia Loebenberg Albertyn. Publisher: Porcupine Press trading under DGR Writing + Research; 2nd edition edition (January 27, 2009)So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope
by Tertia Loebenberg Albertyn

-- Meet, marry and make a baby: That's how it's supposed to go, right? What happens when you start trying for a family ... and trying, and trying some more?

How far do you go to achieve your dream of having children?

So Close is the heart wrenching, exhilarating, devastatingly funny story of Tertia Albertyn's battle with infertility. Tertia wanted a baby so badly she went through nine IVF.

Most people give up after the third. I don't think I am being brave at all. I am just too terrified NOT to try again.

In her worst nightmare, she could never have imagined that making a baby would take her four years, each treatment bringing her and her husband Marko closer and closer to creating their family.

During Tertia's journey, everything that can go wrong does go wrong.

Until, finally, everything goes just right.

Tertia is as hilarious as she is irrepressible, as approachable as she is knowledgeable.

If you are struggling with infertility, have triumphed over infertility or have felt empathy with someone who is going through this experience, you will find a friend in Tertia.

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My husband's mother had a baby when she was 53 years old!

She gave birth to a baby boy when my husband was 21 years old.

The baby was fine.

Mom was fine.

It can and does happen.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, by Hillary Wright. Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (November 9, 2010)The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
by Hillary Wright

-- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, and if left unchecked, is linked to serious health issues like infertility, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and endometrial cancer.

In this groundbreaking book, registered dietitian Hillary Wright explains this increasingly diagnosed disorder and introduces the holistic symptom-management program she developed by working with hundreds of patients.

With Wright's proven diet and lifestyle-based program, you can influence your reproductive hormones and take charge of your health.

Featuring a carbohydrate distribution approach at its core, The PCOS Diet Plan also zeroes in on exactly what exercise, supplements, and self-care choices you can make to feel better every day.

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I met a friend I went to college with (we both got saved around the same time) recently on our vacation.

She told me she gave birth to two children while she was in her 40s.

Also, my aunt had her last baby when she was 53 years old.

But, of course, she died when I was 19 years old, so it was a long time ago - before Donor eggs were available.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION
Image: Making Babies the Hard Way: Living with Infertility and Treatment, by Caroline Gallup. Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (May 15, 2007)Making Babies the Hard Way: Living with Infertility and Treatment
by Caroline Gallup

-- A frank account of one couple's discovery that they cannot have children of their own, and their ensuing struggle through four years of fertility treatment.

One in six couples worldwide seek assistance to conceive and 80 percent of couples undergoing fertility treatment are currently unsuccessful.

Writing with humor and honesty, Caroline Gallup describes the social, emotional, spiritual and physical impact of infertility on her and her husband, Bruce, including feelings of bereavement for the absent child, the unavoidable sense of inadequacy and the day-to-day difficulties of financial pressure.

As well as telling her own moving story, she also offers information and guidance for others who are infertile, or who are considering or undergoing treatment.

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I was pregnant for the first time at 45 years old, and I was scared too -- of everything!

I remember the night after I found out I woke up at 3:00 AM in pure panic.

Mostly I was scared I would have no idea what to do with a baby -- but hey, I found all my fears were completely unfounded.

Had a completely healthy excellent pregnancy, and I have never known anything so wonderful as carrying a child and then having a baby.

Well, I don't know I was saying that in the middle of labor, but even labor I would love to do it again... seriously!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother, by Judith Newman. Publisher: Miramax (April 21, 2004)You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother
by Judith Newman

-- Today the number of women having their first child over thirty-five has increased by a bazillion fold or some equally scary large number.

Newman is the first to write a book telling what it's really like when a trip to the drugstore entails the purchase of both diaper cream and wrinkle cream; when getting your shots means both immunization and Botox.

You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman is not only about having children later in life: it's about what happens to a marriage — and to the spirit when even the most sought-after baby comes.

Wry, warm, and brutally honest, this is the book for any woman — whatever her age — who has awakened at 3AM to the insistent shrieks of her darling and thought: Oh man, I'm too old for this.

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I am 50 years old, and 13 weeks pregnant with my fifth child.

I conceived naturally and will be 51 years old when my son is born.

I am using a midwife, and have no health issues whatsoever, even given my advanced maternal age!!

That phrase cracks me up!

I don't even have elevated blood pressure.

I am athletic, still ride my bike, although have recently switched to a ladies' version for ease of dismount because I got hit big time with relaxin, and for safety.

It's been 18 years since I last gave birth, so this is still pretty mind-boggling to me, but this child is very much wanted!

I'm not at all intimidated by the idea of giving birth at my age and after an 18-year gap between this one and my last child.

I'm not a high-risk pregnancy, and a lifetime of living healthy I'm sure has contributed to how great I feel.

But even if a woman finds herself pregnant or trying to get pregnant after 40, it's never too late to start eating right and exercising.

Baby dust to all those trying, and sticky dust to all of us having already conceived!!

Thanks!! Laura


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy Miracle: clinically proven holistic and ancient Chinese system for permanently reversing your infertilityPregnancy 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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Although I am a fertility expert at a top UK clinic, which shall remain anonymous for obvious reasons, I can confirm I have witnessed some highly unscrupulous tactics used by certain fertility specialists and clinics.

I have spoken to many couples who had allegedly undergone fertility tests at some of these clinics and were told they had a 0% chance of conceiving naturally.

When these couples then came to me for a second opinion, I performed the same tests and from the results, I would estimate approximately 80% of these couples should have eventually been able to conceive naturally.

These practices horrify me since there are enough genuinely infertile couples out there who need help.

There is no reason why a healthy woman over the age of 40, who is having regular periods and who is otherwise in excellent health, should not be able to have a baby.

These women should be encouraged, not discouraged, especially since they will undoubtedly provide the strong foundations a child needs in order to develop into a delightful young person.

There are too many children in the world who are unwanted and unloved - often born to young parents - so maybe all the people who are opposed to older parents should refocus their sights on those neglected children.

-- Brian MB ChB, PhD, FRCOG, UK


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, 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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I had to share this!

My aunt is 52 years old.

She is eight months pregnant, with her first baby.

She is having some issues but...

Yes, she is pregnant at 52 years old!

It IS possible!



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success, by Liza Charlesworth. Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2004)The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success
by Liza Charlesworth

-- Despite the fact it is an expensive, complex, emotionally draining, and often last-ditch fertility treatment, there are now over 250,000 couples who consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) every year; more than 125,000 couples decide to undergo it.

While dry, clinical information is available, there is a gaping need for sisterly advice from someone who's been through the process herself.

From evaluating care and preparing for the complicated process to understanding egg retrieval and embryo transfer; from tips on taking medications and coping with hormonal surges to dealing with the emotional aspects of the grueling IVF process, Liza Charlesworth's The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization offers knowing, sensitive counsel.

Full of hard-won personal wisdom and the most up-to-date medical information explained in layman's terms, this invaluable guide is sure to become recommended reading for couples trying to conceive and their families alike.

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April 25, 2009 - The Lincolnshire-born actress, Patricia Hodge, well-known for her role as Phyllida Erskine-Brown in Rumpole of the Bailey, gave birth to sons Alexander and Edward in her forties, after 12 years of infertility.

Patricia had Alexander at 42 years old, and Edward at 45 years old.

Hodge is realistic about some of the drawbacks of being an older mother:

If you have children in your twenties when you are still young and active, you can run around with them all day.

I dread to think how I will feel when I am in my sixties and having to deal with adolescents.

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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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