Boy looking out the front door. Stock Photo credit: pavarandaI'm 45 years old, I'm pregnant with our second.

Our first was born last year (2005).

We had tests done and ultrasounds, and all arrows point to all is OK this time.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Infertility Sux!!, by Lyn Vaccaro. Publication Date: June 15, 2012Infertility Sux!!
Strategies to Release You From the Bondage of Infertility
by Lyn Vaccaro

-- A story of my personal journey of thriving fertility that produced 6 healthy girls, then upon turning 40 becoming infertile as I conceived and miscarried 5 times consecutively, at which point I changed my diet and lifestyle to raw live food and juicing to create a healthier environment in my body.

After a year of practicing this, I went on to conceive and give birth to two healthy boys at the age of 43, and again at 45.

Length: 22 pages

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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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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: Play Mates. Stock Photo credit: Damascus01We 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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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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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Image: Unhappy Baby. Stock Photo credit: etrnlAll 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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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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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I'm 52 years old, and am pregnant with twins via IVF [in vitro fertilization].

We are very excited and are due March 12th.

Good luck to you!!
- Susan



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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: The Diet That Will Improve Your Fertility Now and Into Your 40's, by Aimee E. Raupp. Publisher: Aimee Raupp Publishing (June 20, 2012)Yes, You Can Get Pregnant:
The Diet That Will Improve Your Fertility Now and Into Your 40's
by Aimee E. Raupp

-- Worried about your ability to have children in the next five years?

Have you been trying to get pregnant for a while now and it's just not happening.

Does it seem like every woman you know is having a hard time getting pregnant and you don't want that to be you when you're ready?

If you answered yes to any one of these questions, Aimee's second book, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: The Diet That Will Improve Your Fertility Now and Into Your 40's, was written for you.

Whether you're in your 20's, 30's or 40's, this book will give you all the nutritional information you need to keep your baby-making machinery in tip-top shape.

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Image: Red hair reflecting in the sunlight in front of green grass. Stock Photo credit: sampledizMy 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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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)The 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: Our friend's adorable baby girl. Stock Photo credit: jamison
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)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: Baby running off with a chair. Stock Photo credit: ashilleongI just gave birth at 43 1/2 to a beautiful baby boy who weighed in at 9 pounds 6 ounces and has the best temperament ever! Someone asked me to post my story on this page, so here it is.

I got pregnant using a ovulation monitor right away but miscarried at 9 weeks. I decided I should go to a fertility specialist the next time as to not waste one minute of fertility time.

Everything with these guys is about success rates. If they think you will bring their numbers down, they don't really won't do too much to help you. I was told at my age (almost 43) that I should adopt or use an egg donor. I asked about medication and he said it wouldn't help me. (again protecting their success rates)

I asked for a hormone panel just to see where my fertility levels (FSH) were. The doctor called me back very surprised, and said I was still fertile. I was 6.6 and anything under 9 is considered good. He was suspicious though, and said if I came back next month and repeated the test and IF the levels were still low, he MAY consider me for a new fertility medication trial they were about to conduct.

Well guess what? I was already pregnant, and didn't need his medication! So my point is to hang in there, ask questions and really push those doctors to look beyond their success rates.

What I felt worked was using the ovulation monitor but having sex 4 days before ovulation as well as on the days of ovulation. I read an article on WebMD.com that you are actually most fertile 4 days before.

The other things I did were staying flat for at least 30 minutes afterwards or with a pillow under your hips, cutting out anything (food wise) processed and taking my prenatal vitamins. I also visualized me getting pregnant and the sperm connecting with the egg.

Sounds funny but I got pregnant twice using following this advice and luckily for me, the second one took and I now have a beautiful baby boy! Good luck to all of you.

This web site will help you and the support you get here is amazing. Keep trying and don't let anyone tell you it can't be done!

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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: baby hand wrapped around adult thumb. Photo credit: lindsey bergquist on freeimages.comI am responding to the message from Annie who is now pregnant at age 47.

I found out last week that I am about 7 weeks pregnant at age 46, and soon to be 47 in February.

I can't begin to go through the emotions that my husband and I, as well as my 10 year old son share about this.

I am excited and happy, but my husband just how coming around - Theresa


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Mind-Body Fertility Connection: The True Pathway to Conception, by James Schwartz. Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2008)The Mind-Body Fertility Connection: The True Pathway to Conception
by James Schwartz

-- Now there is new hope for the millions of women worldwide who have had difficulty trying to conceive.

The Mind-Body Fertility Connection explores the feelings, emotions and beliefs that may be blocking conception, and it provides the necessary tools to create a successful pregnancy.

By bringing together the latest scientific data and innovative mind-body techniques, this book unveils a new pathway to conception: a pathway of healing through the emotions which allows women to unblock the potential for childbearing.

This book dissects the feelings, beliefs and old emotional injuries which often create subconscious obstacles that can disrupt an otherwise healthy functioning reproductive system.

It delves into an unexplored realm that not only exposes the hidden barriers which can cause infertility but also reveals the secrets that can lead to a successful pregnancy.

The Mind-Body Fertility Connection helps women experience their fertility as a journey of empowerment and presents a fresh new perspective on how to create conception.

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