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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 [follicle stimulating hormone] was.

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.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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 will work best for you and start your family, today.

📚 Paperback: 304 pages
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I will be 44 years old in April.

I am fifteen weeks pregnant with my seventh child...

YIKES!


My six children are 21, 18, 15, 10, 4 and 2 years old.

All of my children are happy about my pregnancy (the youngest two don't know or care).

Except the 15-year-old, who had problems with the news.

What's up with that?


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Hot Flashes Warm Bottles: First-Time Mothers Over Forty, by Nancy London. Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (April 19, 2001)
Hot Flashes Warm Bottles: First-Time Mothers Over Forty
by Nancy London

-- The first prescriptive and anecdotal guidebook for the multitudes of older moms, and distills the wisdom, insight, and practical advice gathered during her years as a therapist and support group leader.

With tips for renewing physical and sexual energy, parenting after infertility and adoption, balancing career and family, and caring for elderly parents, the personal stories from these older moms are often humorous, sometimes surprising, but always reassuring.

Without exception, the reader will be left with the comforting knowledge that she is not alone on her journey. Hot Flashes fills a much-needed place in the parenting field, at a time when more and more women are embracing motherhood later in life.

📚 Paperback: 192 pages
Click to order/for more info: Hot Flashes Warm Bottles
Image: 2010 Boston Marathon - elite women, by JD (Kinchan1), on Flickr

A 46-year-old woman in her eighth month of pregnancy took part in a marathon recently held in Boston (the USA).

She covered 42 km within seven hours.

New York resident April Noan, who is to become 47 years old in several weeks, said her doctors and organizers of the marathon allowed her to participate in the heat.

What is more interesting, the woman does not understand why people make so much fuss about her deed?

Her opinion is, pregnancy is not a disease.

Women in past centuries treated pregnancy especially seriously only when it came to its end.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Funreports.com
Read more: Pregnant marathon athlete
Originally posted on April 24, 2002


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
My Baby Chase
My Baby Chase: Our Roller Coaster Ride from Infertility to Parenthood
by Gilda Dangot Simpkin

-- This is the heart-wrenching tale of our convoluted 10-year quest to have a family, from the serious, and sometimes hilarious side of fertility treatments, through two harrowing international adoptions.

Our journey is filled with so many cliffhangers it reads more like a suspense tale than reality.

As you come along for our wild ride, you will be clutching this book praying we don't get derailed again.

Our story of determination and tenacity will give hope to anyone facing a difficult life journey.

Let my story motivate you to attain your dreams!

📚 Paperback: 188 pages
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Image: Hiding Behind Hands, by Kind of Bruin, on Flickr

My grandmother had her sixth and last baby when she was 47 years old.

Yes, it was a spontaneous pregnancy.

She thought she was having the menopause.

She was surprised to give birth to a healthy baby boy, at home, after 45-minute labor.

That baby is in his 50s now, and a physician and father himself.

My grandmother was VERY shocked, needless to say.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What He Can Expect When She's Not Expecting: How to Support Your Wife, Save Your Marriage, and Conquer Infertility!, by Marc Sedaka and Gregory Rosen. Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (March 8, 2011)
What He Can Expect When She's Not Expecting
How to Support Your Wife, Save Your Marriage, and Conquer Infertility!

by Marc Sedaka and Gregory Rosen

-- Mark Sedaka stood by while he and his wife endured endless rounds of drug therapies, sixteen artificial inseminations, ten in-vitro fertilizations, three miscarriages, and, finally, a gestational surrogate (womb for rent) who carried their twin girls to term.

He was as supportive and loving as he could be, but he really wished he'd had a book like What He Can Expect When She's Not Expecting during the process. Most books about dealing with infertility are geared toward women, leaving the man to his own devices when it comes to comfort and encouragement (never a good idea).

With the help of his own infertility doctor, Sedaka provides straightforward guy-friendly advice on situations such as: What questions you should ask at the consultations, how to help rather than annoy, what kinds of tests you and your wife should expect, how to console a wife who appears inconsolable, and how to enjoy procreation sex.

Sedaka's accessible, empathetic voice, combined with the fact that he experienced everything he writes about, makes this a must-have book for any infertile couple.

📚 Paperback: 208 pages
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Can I just add in an e-mail I received, from a woman named Suzanne...

Who was shocked to find herself pregnant at the age of 48 years old!

She is already the mother of five children, her oldest child was 28 years old!

It was totally unplanned, they were not trying to get pregnant.

So it was definitely a shock!



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility, by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly. Publisher: Penguin Books (February 24, 2004)
Conquering Infertility
Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility
by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly

-- Infertility is a heartbreaking condition that affects nine million American couples each year. It causes tremendous stress, can trigger debilitating sadness and depression and can tear a marriage to shreds.

In Conquering Infertility, Harvard psychologist Alice Domar — whom Vogue calls the Fertility Goddess — provides infertile couples with what they need most: stress relief, support, and hope.

Using the innovative mind/body techniques she has perfected at her clinic, Domar helps infertile women not only regain control over their lives but also boost their chances of becoming pregnant.

With Conquering Infertility, women learn how to cope with infertility in a much more positive way and to carve a path toward a rich, full, happy life.

📚 Paperback: 320 pages
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My 45-year-old friend is happily expecting her first baby, after giving up on fertility treatments.

My husband's first cousin had a baby at 44 years old, and another baby at 45 years old - which was a surprise.

They thought she was too old to get pregnant, so they didn't use birth control - and voila!

My father told me about his own aunt who had a baby at 51 years old in Italy.

This was a long time ago as my father is 80 years old.

So there was no chance in h*ll that it was donor egg.

The fact is, before birth control and things like tubal ligation, women routinely gave birth into their 40s and no one batted an eye.

The birth rate for women in their 40s went down as soon as birth control became available.
There is a direct correlation.

What is different now is women are having their first child in their 40s, whereas long ago they would be having their 10th.

That is the only difference.

But from what I've read there is no difference in the fertility among women who have versus women who have not had children before.

I think the reason people make such a big deal about age now is that there was such a long period of time when the birth rate for women in their 40s was low - because that was their choice.

So people were no longer used to the idea anymore.

Then you have the RE's [reproductive endocrinologist] beating us down with their statistics too.

A long time ago women didn't worry or think about statistics - they were too busy having babies!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION
Image: First Time Mothers, Last Chance Babies: Parenting at 35+, by Madelyn Cain. Publisher: New Horizon Press (February 25, 1994)
First Time Mothers, Last Chance Babies: Parenting at 35+
by Madelyn Cain

-- Advice and comfort for baby boomer mothers.

First-Time Mothers, Last-Chance Babies takes an extremely thoughtful look at a subject that is ignored in our society.

Her carefully written and researched book reveals the truth about the difficulty, and the rewards, of parenting later in life.

📚 Paperback: 220 pages
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I want to tell you about my grandmother...

She gave birth to my aunt Cindy when my grandmother was 47 years old.

Yes, it was a surprise pregnancy!

My grandparents were so shocked!

They thought they were done having babies.

So keep trying... there is always hope!!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Surprise Child
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 a new life.

📚 Paperback: 176 pages
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I am just a couple months shy of being 49 years old and have been making my empty nest plans with excitement.

Then I recently found out I am expecting baby #4 on my 27-year-old's birthday.

My youngest is almost 16 years old, learning to drive and full of teenage attitude!!

I should be the poster Mom for poor family planning.

I had babies when I was 22 years old, 23 years old, then again at 33 years old, and now again at 49 years old!

When I went to the doctor five years ago and asked for a tubal ligation, he told me I had less than a 1% chance of getting pregnant at my age.

Only people who bought donor eggs got pregnant in their 40s, was his remark.

I had my doubts about his advice, and continued birth control until just a few months ago, thinking if it was 1% five years ago, surely it was zero now?

Wrong!!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Surprise Child
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 a new life.

📚 Paperback: 176 pages
Click to order/for more info: Surprise Child

📚 Start reading Surprise Child on your Kindle in under a minute!

📚 Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.
Image: Pumpkin Twins, by Joelle Inge-Messerschmidt | www.photographybyjoelle.com, on Flickr
I heard about somebody who gave birth to twins when she was 49 years old.

My OB/GYN said pregnancy was possible until approximately 50 years old, depending on the person.

I guess it does not happen a lot, because most people of that age don't want babies anymore.

But, if they would try, there might be more.

Photo credit: Pumpkin Twins, by Joelle Inge-Messerschmidt | www.photographybyjoelle.com


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Acupuncture and IVF: Increase IVF Success by 40-60%, by Lifang Liang. Publisher: Blue Poppy Press (August 2003)
Acupuncture and IVF: Increase IVF Success by 40-60%
by Lifang Liang

-- The information in this book can increase your success rate with in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) by as much as 60%.

Research has shown that acupuncture alone can increase the success rate of IVF by 35%.

By also adding Chinese herbal medicine, it is Dr. Lifang Liangs experience that you can almost double that increase.

In this book, Dr. Liang describes her extremely successful step-by-step protocols for combining acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with IVF.

Whether you are a Western MD specializing in infertility, a Chinese medical practitioner, or a couple experiencing difficulties in conceiving, this book is sure to give you new hope and a new approach to dealing with this all too common and difficult condition.

📚 Paperback: 224 pages
Click to order/for more info: Acupuncture and IVF
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