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Thought it was menopause, pregnant at 51

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, November 17, 2006 | 0 comments

I read an article in Woman's World magazine about a woman who was 51, and thought she was going through menopause, since her period hadn't arrived.

She had tried for years to conceive, and came to the conclusion that it wasn't meant to be, but always held on to a sliver of hope that maybe "someday" it would happen.

Then, at 51, when her period hadn't arrived, she finally realized that her chances of ever conceiving were over. During this time, she was undergoing a massage at her massage therapist's and she told her that she hadn't been feeling well. She told her that she'd been starting to eat "junk food," which she hadn't done since she went on a detox diet more than a year ago. She went on to tell the massage therapist that she noticed she'd been gaining weight around her mid-section, too, and she thinks it was due to all the junk food she'd been eating. The therapist then asked if it were at all possible that she might be pregnant. The woman basically said she doubted it, due to all the years she had TTC and hadn't been successful.

Well, the massage therapist told her to take a home pregnancy test, just in case. And low and behold when this woman did, it came out positive. It winds up that this woman was not just one month pregnant, but actually FIVE months along and she went on to deliver a healthy baby girl. And again, she was 51 years old!


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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