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2nd only to teenagers in % of accidental pregnancies

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, September 17, 2007 | 0 comments

Yes, women in their 40s crowd fertility clinics these days. Yes, the odds of getting pregnant over 40 are slim. But recent statistics point up some lesser-known facts of mid-life: They are second only to "irresponsible" teenagers in the percentage of their pregnancies that are accidents.

Doctors and nurses who treat women in peri-menopause -- the transition to menopause -- say the moral is clear: Just because a woman's age makes her unlikely to get pregnant does not mean she's safe.

"They think they're calling it quits and the next thing you know, they're getting a surprise," he said. "It's not easy to get pregnant, but you still can get pregnant, and if you're not careful, you will get pregnant."


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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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