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I'm 43, this morning I found out I am pregnant

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, October 02, 2007 | 2 comments

I'm 43 and this morning I took a pregnancy test and found out I am pregnant. I have 3 other children, 14, 12, and 10. Life is good. The kids are at a somewhat independent age. I enjoy doing volunteer work at school and bowling with my friends.

I really don't want to be tied down again. I am also petrified about whether the baby will be healthy. I know there is nothing I can do, but having a baby at 44, I worry about what I will do if it needs special care over the years and particularly when we are aging.

My children will be raising their own families and I wouldn't want to burden them with a needy sibling.


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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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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am 44 and have recently found out I am pregnant. My eldest daughter will be 20 on October 28 and my youngest is 16-will be 17 in January. My partner has two children who are 14 and 11.
    I am petrified to say the least. There is so many negative stats given for older your stories are heartwarming and reassuring. I'm not sure whats' in store for me ....I'm only 6 weeks at this point...but if this baby is meant to be-it will-and all I can do is pray he/she will be healthy! Thanks for your stories!

  2. Judy - Congrats on your pregnancy! I can imagine your worries, the whole medical profession seems out to scare older women to death!

    I am so glad my stories have helped, and hope the rest of your pregnancy is smooth and worry-free.

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