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I've been on and off of this board for several months now and wanted to give everyone an update on my news. I hope that this is an inspiration to all of you!

I'm now 44 years old. I got married 3 weeks before my 40th birthday and had my first child naturally at 41 years old. For over a year now, we've hoped to have another.

I've had three miscarriages since August of '05, however, and was beginning to lose hope. This summer, at my RE's suggestion, I tried injectables for two cycles. Nothing came of it.

Then we took a two month break, during which time we went on vacation as a family and, well, wouldn't you know it. I'm now 8 1/2 weeks pregnant, with no intervention.

Given my history of miscarriage, I'm still nervous about this, but got some good news today when they got a strong heartbeat during the sonogram.

I'm posting this to say to everyone DON'T GIVE UP!
God willing, I'll be less than a month from turning 45 when this baby is born.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Belated Baby: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility, by Kelly James-Enger and Jill S. Browning. Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (May 1, 2008)-The Belated Baby: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility
by Kelly James-Enger and Jill S. Browning

-- Infertility is a mind-set and that every woman who experiences infertility is forever changed, even when she eventually has the child she yearned for.

When many women who have gone through fertility treatments describe their experience, they say it abused their soul.

The experience may have also hurt their relationship with their husband and sometimes permanently altered relationships with their extended families.

Studies show that even after the desperation of infertility subsides, emotional wounds still fester and an asterisk accompanies her bundle of joy.

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Image: Peace and quiet - Photo Credit: Chris Chidsey on FreeImages
From chatting about fertility regarding the older woman, I have heard real life true stories of women in their fifties birthing first and second babies.

These were believable credible people reporting these births.

We'll see, and let you know.

Prayers requested for this over 50 years young, hoping to be MOM.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T. of Making Babies (Assisted Reproductive Technology), by Geoffrey Sher, Virginia Marriage Davis, Jean Stoess. Publisher: Checkmark Books; 3 edition (January 1, 2005)-In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T. of Making Babies
( Assisted Reproductive Technology )
by Geoffrey Sher, Virginia Marriage Davis, Jean Stoess

-- This clearly written technical handbook guides couples who are trying to conceive in determining whether they are eligible for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and in selecting the program that will help them achieve the best results.

It describes in detail the anatomy and physiology of conception and the steps required for realizing it in the IVF procedure.

In addition to providing accurate information, the practitioner authors address emotional, financial, physical, and moral-religious issues involved in the decision to conceive with medical assistance.

Despite its experimental reputation and persistent high cost, IVF is an appropriate option for many of the estimated 3.3 million infertile couples in the U.S. today, so this specialized manual speaks to a rather large audience of potential users.

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I am now 49 (almost) and my daughter will be 3 in March.

Got pregnant accidentally (can you believe it a woman of my age getting pregnant accidentally, oh my,) and the father only lasted about 6 months or so.

So -- single, going through menopause, with an almost 3-year old -- many tough days for sure -- would I change any single thing, no, my pregnancy was wonderful, I loved it, I love remembering it, wish I could do it again over and over.

I was perfectly healthy (and I was a smoker) and I had the healthiest smartest (of course) most beautiful baby girl, even thinking about it now I get tears in my eyes.

She has not suffered because I'm older -- there was no way I would have been the parent I am when I was younger.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life, by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs. Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (July 13, 2011)-Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life
by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs

-- In 1996, Dr. Richard Paulson assisted a 63-year-old woman to conceive using in vitro fertilization with a donor egg, and she became the oldest woman in the world to give birth.

This incredible example of how assisted reproductive technologies, or ART, can change the course of nature, raises tough biological, emotional, and ethical issues.

Rewinding Your Biological Clock is a unique exploration of each of these issues, especially the "how-to" of peri- and post-menopausal pregnancy.

Written by a leading fertility specialist and a health educator, this original and daring book rethinks society's most fundamental beliefs about motherhood, aging and life itself.

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Just wanted to add...I'm 45 years old, pregnant for the first time!

It wasn't getting pregnant at 45 that was hard, it was all the years in between in which it never happened.

26 years of infertility, now spontaneously conceived at 45 years old.

I will be TTC [trying to conceive] again following this baby's birth.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Green Fertility: Nature's Secrets For Making Babies: A Powerful Proven Plan To Help You Get Pregnant Fast and Have a Healthy Baby, by Niels H. Lauersen and Colette Bouchez. Publisher: Ivy League Press (October 6, 2010)-Green Fertility: Nature's Secrets For Making Babies: A Powerful Proven Plan To Help You Get Pregnant Fast and Have a Healthy Baby
by Niels H. Lauersen and Colette Bouchez
-- Renowned fertility expert Dr. Niels Lauersen and women's natural wellness expert Colette Bouchez combine the best of nature's secrets with all that Eastern and Western medicine have to offer, in an easy, inexpensive plan to help you get pregnant fast and have super healthy babies!

Based on scientific research and tested on thousands of couples, this unique natural approach to conception is designed to uncover what's keeping you from getting pregnant and help you maximize your fertility and have healthier babies - even if you have PCOS, Endometriosis or you are diagnosed with unexplained infertility!

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On a personal level, I know for a fact that my great grandmother had my grandfather when she was 43 years old.

That was back in the day when IVF [in virtro fertilization] wasn't done.

Even if it was, she wouldn't have had the money to pay for it.

As I stated on a different thread, my friend conceived her child naturally.

She gave birth when she was just shy of 44 years old.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy MiraclePregnancy 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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Image: And A New Story Started ..., by Hamed Saber, on Flickr
Heard some great news at the OB [obstetrician] today!

They just had a 46 year old patient give birth to a healthy baby.

With her own eggs - a new office record!

Impressive huh?


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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 that 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 that have been passed down through time.

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I am 43 years old, and just found out I am pregnant.

Yikes!

I am a single mom of two kids - 8 and 9 years old.

I went through a very nasty divorce a two years ago, but I live with my wonderful boyfriend now.

He has never had children and is excited about the prospect of a baby.

Me, I am not so sure.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility, by Marlo Schalesky. Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2001)-Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility
by Marlo Schalesky

-- Contains frank and emotionally resonate stories from both men and women facing the struggle of infertility.

Mother's Day is not a joyful occasion for all women, particularly those who would like to have children but cannot.

Marlo Schalesky's Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling with Infertility does for Christian women what Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin's Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss did for Jewish women: provide comfort and camaraderie in the face of infertility and pregnancy loss.

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I was on the phone with my health insurance company, trying to get some things straightened out.

Told the woman on the phone about my IVF [in vitro fertilization] cycle, etc. and the woman said Don't you worry...

Her sister got married late, thought she wouldn't be able to have a baby - and Boom!

She got pregnant at 45!



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 that, 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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Image: Susan introduces herself to baby CJ, by Ted Johnson, on Flickr
New to this forum, and pregnant for the first time at 45.

Went for my first blood test and the pregnancy hormone, and my progesterone levels were all good.

BUT, I'm being advised to take the progesterone anyway, due to my age.

I have spoken with several friends who have had to take the progesterone, due to either trouble getting pregnant or trouble keeping a pregnancy.

I also got pregnant a lot faster than I thought I would.

I went to an acupuncturist for two months and, bang!, I'm pregnant.

So, believe me, I'm grateful!
- Lauren

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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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