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My daughter was born two months before I turned 43 years old.

Yes, I did get pregnant with my own eggs.

It's actually not that rare at all.

We've had several successful, full-term, live birth pregnancies and healthy babies here on the forum at 47 years old, and even older.

All with the mother's own eggs.



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Image: How to Get Pregnant Fast: Crucial Knowledge for Getting Pregnant, by Hillary J Lowndes. Publisher: CreateSpace (January 13, 2012)How to Get Pregnant Fast: Crucial Knowledge for Getting Pregnant
by Hillary J Lowndes

-- Discover the keys to getting giving yourself the best chances of getting pregnant.

Don't surround yourself with information about what not to do.

Instead, you can take proactive steps to make sure everything is just right.

If you feel you can't get pregnant it may be because you're not taking the right approach.

The best way to get pregnant doesn't have to be stressful.

You can take control once you learn some of the science and some of the secrets passed down through time.

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I had my first and only child at 46 years old, now I'm 49 years old.

I really wanted to have two children in a row, but the relationship fell apart - so no go.

I couldn't get pregnant no way when I was younger -- suddenly at 46 years old, I was very fertile and had my first child.

Yes, I was healthy, but I was a major coffee-drinking smoker.

I had an excellent pregnancy and an exceptionally healthy baby.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Take Charge of Your Fertility (Teach Yourself), by Heather Welford. Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton; 1 edition (September 1, 2011)Take Charge of Your Fertility (Teach Yourself)
by Heather Welford

-- Explains everything the prospective parent may need to know as they face the physical, emotional and practical challenges of trying for a baby.

It covers health issues in full, from basic biology and an explanation of fertility and cycles to outlining what supplements are useful and what isn't, and how you can maximize your chances by following a healthy diet and cutting alcohol or nicotine intake.

There are plenty of resources and guidelines for parents facing difficulties, including a guide to the medical options, and advice on how to seek further help.

It will help couples to deal with the emotional issues faced when trying for a baby, and will also give practical information on who you should tell and who you must tell, and when.

With coverage of all aspects of very early pregnancy, from do-it-yourself tests to the very first scan, it will be a useful resource which will help all prospective parents, whether looking to start or to expand their family.

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I can't relate to being an over 50 years old mom, but I'm the daughter of an over 50 mom.

I'm child number seven, arriving when my mom was 55 years old, and her second menopause baby!

Most of our nieces and nephews were older than us, except two were born within eight months of me!

My sisters said what was weird was being pregnant when Mom was, and she didn't go crazy over the grand-kids as much as their in-laws did.

I was so lucky to have my mom for 40 years after my birth.

My older kids loved her sooo much.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: 50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility, by Sally Lewis and Nim Barnes. Publisher: Summersdale (October 1, 2011)50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility
by Sally Lewis and Nim Barnes

-- Practical advice and a holistic approach to help you conceive, including simple dietary and lifestyle changes and do it yourself complementary therapies.

In this accessible and informative guide, Sally Lewis explains how age, sexual infections, diet, excess weight, stress, and anxiety affect fertility.

Teaching how to discover the best time for conception; understand the link between body, mind, and fertility; and manage stress and relax to prevent anxiety, this is the ultimate guide to increasing the likelihood of conception at any age.

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A friend of mine who is a doula was just hired to help a 49-year-old woman who conceived naturally -- and unintentionally (she already had grown children) -- twins!

She just gave birth, and the two babies are healthy.

Mom has a complication which kept her in the hospital a few extra days, but babies were ready to be discharged.

So she hired my doula friend to stay with her in the hospital so the babies could stay with her, too.


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Image: What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir, by Alice Eve Cohen. Publisher: Viking Adult (July 9, 2009)What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir
by Alice Eve Cohen
--A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possible.

At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years.

After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming.

Alice tells her fiancé she's never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.

In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb - six months into a high-risk pregnancy.

What I Thought I Knew is a page-turner filled with vivid characters, humor, and many surprises and twists of fate.

With the suspense of a thriller and the intimacy of a diary, Cohen describes her unexpected journey through doubt, a broken medical system, and the hotly contested terrain of motherhood and family in today's society.

Timely and compelling, What I Thought I Knew will capture readers of memoirs such as Eat, Pray, Love; The Glass Castle; and A Three Dog Life.

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A surprise pregnancy has happened to so many women I know.

I love the ones where the woman has been told she could not possibly conceive, and so she goes with no birth control.

Then - surprise!
 She ends up pregnant.

That happened to my cousin two years ago!

Last year, it also happened to another woman I know.

At 45 years old, she found out she was pregnant when she thought she was all done and safe.

Plus it happened to an old friend of mine from high school (she now has five kids).


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)The 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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Image: Are We There Yet?, by Vera Kratochvil
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There is a group on Yahoo of older moms/pregnancy after 45 years old.

Yes, there are moms on there getting pregnant over 45 years old.

I haven't been on there long, but there is a 46-year-old mom with a one-year-old, and a three-year-old.

She got pregnant naturally both times.

So it does happen.


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 the 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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I haven't posted in awhile even though I have been lurking around every once in awhile.

About eight weeks ago, I started acupuncture. I feel it's helped me a lot.

I changed how I ate based on my acupuncturist's advice, and she treated me according to where I was in my cycle.

I visit her weekly.

Anyway, the other day my best friend blurted out I think you are pregnant!

The same night, my mom told me my son said he wanted a brother.

The next morning (yesterday), I decided to test as my temperature was still up.

The second pink line was faint but got darker towards the three-minute mark.

I used a FRER [First Response Early Result pregnancy test].

I have an appointment to see the OB [obstetrician] this afternoon for blood work.

I am still in a fog! Think sticky bean!

Don't give up - we 40-somethings can do it!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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 40s 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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Hello - I am 44 years old, soon to be 45 years old on Valentine's Day.

We found out just a few weeks ago that we, too, are going to have another baby.

Although it came as a big surprise to us, we are thrilled!

Our six other children are 25, 23, 22, 20, 19, and 5 years old.


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Image: Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy, by Leslie Leyland Fields. Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 21, 2006)Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy
by Leslie Leyland Fields

-- Unplanned pregnancies happen to women in every season of life: the newly married, the never-married, the empty-nester, the teenager, the overworked mother, the career woman.

Yet we rarely talk about how lonely and confusing this experience can be.

In Surprise Child, Leslie Leyland Fields, who experienced two unplanned pregnancies in her forties, lyrically weaves her own story with the stories of other women who understand the isolation you face as expectations and plans are turned upside down to make room for a child.

Each year, more than three million women discover themselves pregnant – at a hard time, the wrong time, at a difficult place in their lives. I am one of those women...

Together, these women walk with you month-by-month through the physical and emotional stages of pregnancy, voicing with startling honesty their own anxieties and struggles.

Here you will find the companionship and hope you need to journey toward new life.

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Image: Pregnant Patient Getting Ultrasound, by Medical PrudensI am 44 years old, and just found out I am seven weeks pregnant.

This will be my first biological child, although I do have a 14-year-old stepdaughter.

My husband and I feel very blessed.

We went through a round of fertility drugs in April, but because of a pre-planned vacation, we didn't take a thing in May.

Well, I guess the relaxation was just what we needed - because I confirmed my pregnancy almost three weeks ago when I missed my period.

Because of my age, I have had some great care and even saw a tiny heart flutter 3 days ago on an ultrasound.

My doctor told me once you see a heartbeat, your chance of miscarriage drops to 5%.

I am so happy!

Shared by Donna. 44, Washington DC, US


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility, by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer. Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Revised Edition edition (March 13, 1998)The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility
by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer

-- Finally, here's a book sensitive and responsive to the unique emotional experience of parenting after a long, arduous course of infertility diagnosis and treatment.

The Long-Awaited Stork gives you all the information, advice, and support you need to adjust to and cope with the special problems of parenting after infertility.

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