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I am now 46 years old and 12 weeks pregnant - so far, so good!!

I decided to become a mother on my own, and I feel so blessed and lucky I was able to get pregnant.

I'll be 47 years old when this baby is born, and I am looking forward to my new life and new role as a mom!!

I used my own eggs along with donor sperm - this was based on the fact all my fertility tests were fairly good - Clomid to stimulate the ovaries a bit... then an Ovadril injection.

Yes, it was an IUI [Intrauterine insemination].

There's a little family medical history which may have been in my favor as well, one cousin was 48 years old when her daughter was born .

She had a normal, uneventful pregnancy, she actually thought menopause had started!!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock, by Cara Birrittieri. Publisher: Career Press (May 26, 2009)What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock
by Cara Birrittieri

-- Until now, there has been little practical advice on what women can do about ticking biological clocks.

What Every Woman Should Know About Her Biological Clock is the first book to explore a woman's reproductive lifespan completely, from beginning to end.

Based on Cara Birrittieri's own experience of running up against a slowing biological clock, she shows women for the first time how to tell what time it is with a simple blood test giving them a peek at the state of their ovaries.

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I am 44 years old and 30 weeks and 2 days pregnant with my first child, a little boy.

I will be 45 years old when he is born.

I was not my intention to do it this late, but I did not meet my husband until age 39 and we married at age 41 (he was 10 days shy of his 44th birthday).

We decided to wait a year before trying to conceive just to settle in as a married couple, get to know each other, and to save enough to get a house.

After that, we tried and were unsuccessful for 1 1/2 years. I was tested and he was tested.

My tests came back normal, but his sperm count results were slightly low.

Although he has daughter (now 20 years old) from a previous marriage, they think it was due to a large varicose vein on one of his testicles - plus the blood pressure meds he is now taking.

His doctor wanted to do surgery but we said no, and decided if God did not give us a baby of our own within the next few months then we would just adopt.

We did not want to do IVF [in vitro fertilization] since it is so costly (neither of our insurances covers it).

Plus we have moral issues with it.

In April of 2006, I discovered I was pregnant. We were overjoyed and told everyone.

Then at the end of the eighth week, I started spotting.

I ended up having a miscarriage at week nine due to a blighted ovum, which was one of the most painful things (more emotional than physical) I have ever experienced in my adult life.

The most painful was having to tell everyone since we told everyone we knew about the pregnancy.

Some were sympathetic and supportive but others said some well-meaning but insensitive things.

I was often reminded of my age and told not to get my hopes up to high.

One woman even had the audacity to say I told you so.

I did not have a D+C and bled for 2 1/2 weeks.

After that, I went through two dry weeks and had another very strange, very heavy 3 day period.

Then in August 2006, I found out I was pregnant again.

Since I was already seven weeks along by the time I got to the OB/GYN it must have happened in July which was less than 2 months after the miscarriage.

Now we are at 7.5 months and, according to the ultrasound, the baby is perfectly good and healthy.

All other tests checked out normal also.

I would love to do a home birth but hubby is against it, so we have just finished Bradley natural birth classes, have turned in a birth plan.

If all goes well and there are no complications, we plan to do a hospital birth au natural - with no drugs.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Ovulation Diet: Trying To Conceive By Eating Fertility Boosting Foods Eating To Get Pregnant Guide, by Dana Tebow. Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 28, 2012)Ovulation Diet: Trying To Conceive By Eating Fertility Boosting Foods Eating To Get Pregnant Guide
by Dana Tebow

-- This book is just what you need if you are having trouble getting pregnant. Dana's book provides all the well-meaning advice you could find.

But do not be fooled by the kind manner in which she presents her advice, because this book is filled with the fruitage of many months of careful research.

Dana begins with the basics of explaining what ovulation is. This is the most crucial aspect of understanding how the ovulation diet works.

Once the foundation has been laid, Dana next explains what Cervical Mucus is, and its role in helping you conceive the child you have always wanted.

Dana even explains the foods that will help you become more fertile. Best of all, she presents a few of the methods that have been tried and proven to help women get pregnant.

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In 2005, there were more than 104,000 births in the United States to women ages 40 through 44, and over 6,500 to women 45 years old and older.

The birth rate for women in the 40-44 age group has risen steadily since 2000, by 2% annually! It rose 4% from 2015 to 2016.

The birth rate for women 45-49 years old remained unchanged from 2008 till 2012. It rose 0.8% from 2015 to 2016.

The birth rate for women aged 50 and over has remained unchanged since 2006.

Let's check the latest birth stats over 40!


Image: Births and Natality, Births: Final Data for 2016, by CDC

Women in their 40s
—The birth rate for women aged 40–44 was 11.4 births per 1,000 women in 2016, up 4% from 2015 (11.0) (Table 2) to the highest rate for this group since 1966 (11). The number of births to women in their early 40s increased 1% from 2015 to 2016.

The birth rate for women aged 45–49 (which includes births to women aged 50 and over) was 0.9 births per 1,000 women in 2016, up from 0.8 in 2015. The number of births to women aged 45 and over was essentially unchanged from 2015 to 2016.

Women aged 50 and over
— A total of 786 births in 2016 were to women aged 50 and over, essentially unchanged from 2015 (754) (Table 3) (10). The number of births to women in this age group has generally increased since 1997 (144) when data for women aged 50 and over became available again. The birth rate for women aged 50–54 was 0.7 births per 10,000 women in 2016, unchanged from 2015. Because of the small number of births to women in this age group, the birth rate for women aged 50–54 is expressed per 10,000 women. For rates shown elsewhere in this report, births to women aged 50 and over are included with births to women aged 45–49 when computing birth rates by age of mother (the denominator for the rate is women aged 45–49).

Source: National Vital Statistics Reports | CDC.gov

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies, by Randine Lewis. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (March 21, 2005)The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
by Randine Lewis

-- Infertility affects one out of six couples today.

Dr. Lewis presents a groundbreaking alternative approach to infertility, explaining how she used traditional Chinese medicine to treat her own infertility, successfully conceiving and giving birth to two children.

In Lewis's experience, women who have undergone three to six months of the dietary changes, herbs and acupuncture treatments become pregnant with no further effort.

Lewis intersperses her somewhat technical examination of the program with anecdotes about her patients, weaving in discussions on diet, herbal supplements, acupuncture, older women and problems related to infertility.

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I just gave birth at 43 1/2 years old to a beautiful baby boy, who weighed in at 9 pounds 6 ounces. He has the best temperament ever!

I was asked to share my story on this page, so here it is.

I got pregnant using an ovulation monitor right away but I miscarried that baby 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 do too much to help you.

I was told at my age (almost 43 years old) 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.

My FSH 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 also having sex four days before ovulation as well as on the days of ovulation.

I read an article on WebMD.com saying you are actually most fertile four days before.

The other things I did were staying flat for at least 30 minutes afterward 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 website 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!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: It Starts with the Egg (Second Edition): How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF | Kindle Edition | by Rebecca Fett (Author). Publisher: Franklin Fox Publishing; 2 edition (February 28, 2019)It Starts with the Egg:
How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF
by Rebecca Fett

-- Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or through IVF, the quality of your eggs will have a powerful impact on how long it takes you to get pregnant and whether you face an increased risk of miscarriage.

Poor egg quality is emerging as the single most important cause of age-related infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and failed IVF cycles. It is also a major contributor to infertility in PCOS.

Based on a comprehensive investigation of a vast array of scientific research, It Starts with the Egg reveals a groundbreaking new approach for improving egg quality and fertility.

With a concrete strategy including minimizing exposure to toxins such as BPA and phthalates, choosing the right vitamins and supplements to safeguard developing eggs, and harnessing nutritional advice shown to boost IVF success rates, this book offers practical solutions to will help you get pregnant faster and deliver a healthy baby.

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Image: Former prime minister Tony Blair and Cherie Booth with their fourth child, Leo, in May 2000. Their first child, Euan, was born in 1984. Photograph: Mary Mccartney/PA

A woman's fertility falls after the age of 35, but many an older woman has been surprised when she has fallen pregnant with an unplanned baby in her late 40s or even early 50s.

Cherie Blair, the Prime Minister's wife, was certainly not alone in assuming her fertility was negligible only to be surprised and delighted to be proved wrong.

The Prime Minister's wife gave birth to her fourth child two years ago, at the age of 45. Their first child, Euan, was born in 1984.

Sadly, Cherie suffered a miscarriage following another unplanned pregnancy at the age of 47.

Late pregnancy can and does happen, and for this reason, it is important to get correct advice about contraception even beyond the menopause.

Read more: Pregnancy Question - 54 year old wife

Photo credit: Former prime minister Tony Blair and Cherie Booth with their fourth child, Leo, in May 2000. Photograph: Mary Mccartney/PA | TheGuardian.com


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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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Image: Photo credit: Mark Coppelson, Deborah Thomas and son Oscar | TheSocialShuttle.com | All rights reserved
Photo credit: Mark Coppelson, Deborah Thomas and son Oscar | TheSocialShuttle.com | All rights reserved
Deborah Thomas, the editor of the Australian Women's Weekly, had her first baby at 46 years old.

She is trying to balance work with her desire to spend time with her son.

One of the most challenging things at finding herself pregnant at age 46, was the chance of miscarrying.

Happily, though Deborah gave birth to her only child Oscar, who she describes as the best thing that has ever happened in her life.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on ABC.net.au
Read more: Deborah Thomas on having a baby at 46
Originally posted on February 18, 2004.


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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 FREE 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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I happen to have two male friends who were born when their mothers were 44 and 45 years old.

Both men were the only children their parent's had, no other siblings.

So it wasn't as if their mothers popped out a bunch of kids, and then topped it all off by giving birth again.

Not so impossible at all!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertile Kitchen Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility, by Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque. Publisher: 3L Publishing (November 20, 2009)The Fertile Kitchen Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility
by Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque

-- Are you one of the millions of couples desperately trying to conceive a baby? Are you aware that diet plays a critical role in fertility? Would you like to unlock the secrets to changing your diet and potentially increasing your chances of success?

Co-authors Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque -- when confronted with Cindy's medical prognosis of a two percent chance of conceiving a baby on her own -- unlocked those secrets to develop a fertility diet that four months later produced a viable pregnancy, and soon after a healthy baby.

The Fertile KitchenCookbook includes a variety of simple-to-make tasty dishes that make the diet easy to follow. In this cookbook, the authors share these flavorful recipes, along with the dietary guidelines that helped them succeed. Additional tips and even a section on cooking basics are included.

You will learn: The importance of diet in conception and pregnancy, what foods you can and cannot eat to enhance fertility, how to identify and shop for healthy ingredients and food items, how to prepare the nutritious and fertility-enhancing recipes included.

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I am 46 years old, and pregnant naturally.

I didn't even know I was pregnant for weeks - since my periods have been weird for more than a year.

I am laying low until my NT [nuchal translucency] scan on Friday.

Congrats on your good results!!

I am having trouble getting my mind around all of this, if you know what I mean.

Hang in there, Colliemom


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception, by Debora L. Spar. Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (February 14, 2006)The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception
by Debora L. Spar

-- Despite legislation claiming to prohibit it, there is a thriving market for babies spreading across the globe.

Fueled by rapid advances in reproductive medicine and the desperate desires of millions of would-be parents, the acquisition of children — whether through donated eggs, rented wombs, or cross-border adoption — has become a multi-billion dollar industry leaving science, law, ethics, and commerce deeply at odds.

In The Baby Business, Debora Spar argues it is time to acknowledge the commercial truth about reproduction and to establish a standard that governs its transactions.

In this fascinating behind-the-scenes account, she combines pioneering research and interviews with the industry's top reproductive scientists and trailblazers to provide a first glimpse at how the industry works: who the baby-makers are, who makes money, how prices are set, and what defines the clientele.

Fascinating stories illustrate the inner workings of market segments -- including stem cell research, surrogacy, egg swapping, designer babies, adoption, and human cloning -- as Spar explores the moral and legal challenges industry players must address.

The first purely commercial look at an industry dealing in humanity's most intimate issues, this book challenges us to consider the financial promise and ethical perils we'll face as the baby business moves inevitably forward.

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There are so many women who get naturally pregnant in their 43, 44, 45th year... and even over!

Just yesterday, my husband told me about a sister of an acquaintance.

She got pregnant for the first time at 48 years old, when she was thought to be in menopause.

Now that baby is a wonderful girl 12 years old!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy Miracle: 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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