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Very common in West Africa to bear children into their 40's & 50's!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 | 0 comments

Just a thought: I had a discussion with a West African friend of mine (university professor here in DC), & we discussed women’s fertility. (I am 43 ttc #1)

My friend said that it is very common for women in West Africa to bear children way into their forties and fifties! His own mother is an example; she had 13.

I asked him what did he attribute the increased fertility to? He said that, in his opinion, diet was KEY. In their country, people eat fresh fruits, vegetables, unprocessed/raw groundnuts (similar to our peanuts), fresh fish, unprocessed butter, & whole grains that are ground/pounded daily....even their meats are fresh: no steroids or chemicals pumped into them.


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