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I too found out by surprise I was pregnant at 45. Problems arose.

Then shock again, 5 months later pregnant again. (We were trying since I was 39 with no results. One daughter 11 years ago with fertility treatments)

This time no treatments and pregnant twice at age 45!

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I too am 46, and expecting. Like you, I was shocked at first, I thought I was starting menopause!! Had stopped paying attention to when my periods came, so wasn't sure of when the little one would arrive.

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First pregnancy at 46! I don't know how far along I am, since I stopped paying attention to my cycle many months ago. All that work 3 years ago with fertility testing, taking temp every morning, charting hormone levels just got to be too much with no result!

I finally bought a pregnancy test on Dec 21, and it took less than the time recommended to show a positive result! I didn't believe it, went the next day and bought 2 more tests. One was the kind that reads either “pregnant” or “not pregnant“. That is the one I showed my husband. I knew he would not believe me otherwise!

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I am 45 and due in June. I conceived the 3rd month coming off the pill. My OB/gyn said she just didn't think it happened past 42 or 43 without medical intervention. She was wrong ... Don't give up!

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My doctor told me about six years ago, that the odds and factors like my weight would make it almost impossible - that depressed me even more.

Now, with a new OB/gyn, who was conceived herself when her mom was 44, is much more understanding. I think it's important to have a good relationship with your doctor - it can make all the difference.

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I was 43 when I conceived, just 3 months after a miscarriage, and will be 44 when baby is due on 8/20/06. It was quite a surprise to us that I got pregnant after so many years trying naturally.

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I am 24 weeks pregnant at age 45, with children ages 19 ( away at college), 14, and 9. I was trying to conceive because I had remarried, and husband #2 had never had kids, but it still was a shock to actually be able to conceive.

Then, I was VERY nervous about abnormalities. We went for the testing because I knew I was the kind of person who would rather have the information than spend my whole pregnancy worrying. Everything has proven to be very normal so far. My kids have been surprisingly supportive.

My friends mostly shake their heads in wonder that I would want to go through all this again, but they too have been supportive.

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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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At 45 years old, it took 10 days from the time I stopped taking the birth control pill (started when 18 years old) before conceiving the "old fashioned way." This was the first time trying for me. I'm now 36 weeks and expecting healthy baby girl to deliver on or about 4/3/06.

Don't believe everything you read. I've met more people who are healthy, active 40-somethings who have gotten pregnant in less time than the 20-somethings

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I am 43 and am 5 weeks pregnant with my 4th. I also got pregnant at 39, almost 40, but miscarried at 7 weeks. No help needed for conception. Funny though, I used Clomid for my 1st 2 kids.

I didn't think I could get pregnant without help, and became pregnant with my 3rd around the time of #2's birthday. It can be done.

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My daughter is 9 months old now... So I conceived when I was 43. I'm 44 in March.

It was an "oops", as I didn’t really think I could get pregnant ,and my fiance said he'd had a vasectomy.
He lied...

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My doctor told me she doubted I could get pregnant, and that women past the age of 42 or 43 just did not get pregnant without medical intervention or donor eggs.

I conceived easily just before my 45th birthday and so far I am having a normal, uneventful pregnancy.

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I am 46 years young, and presently 33 weeks pregnant with my little girl. Although this is my second child, my son will be almost 18 by the time his sister arrives !!!

I did have IVF [in vitro fertilization], but we conceived on our first try ( winning the baby lottery one doctor told me!!!)

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I'm 46 years old. I conceived in October 2005, but sadly I miscarried on December 19, 2005 at 9 weeks pregnant. I still feel as though I can conceive and carry full term. Only God knows and I pray that one day, it is going to "happen".

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The oldest patient we have had at Penn get pregnant with her own eggs, and was 46 years old at the time of delivery of her child.

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My own mother was 48 when she delivered me.

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My mom had me at 46 years old. I am now 17 years old.

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There is no stopping the biological clock, as the birth rate shows. In 1999, there were 622,000 babies born in England and Wales. The most productive group, surprisingly, was the women aged 30-34: they had 185,300 babies. By the time women reached 40-44, they produced 13,600 specimens, and at 45-plus, 635 gave birth. In fact, nearly 300,000 women over 30 had babies, a cheering thought, until you think of the nappies.

But the figures leave much in the dark. How many 40-plus women are still trying, how many are still using contraceptives, how many are already infertile? Looking back can cast some light. In 1938, the number of women having babies in the 30-34 age group was actually smaller than today, even though the birth rate was roughly the same. Madonna and Cherie wouldn't have even made a paragraph then, when 25,000 women in the 40-44 age group gave birth - almost double current levels - and 2,200 babies were born to women over 45. That's almost four times as many as now. Clearly, choice, as well as biology, plays an important part - the really sharp decline in the birth rate for 35-plus women came in the 1970s, when it halved, coinciding with easier access to the Pill and abortion.

So, by when should you have your fertility tested? Unfortunately, exactly at what rate fertility declines is impossible to say. Nobody has measured the number of women trying to get pregnant at 40, say, and studied how successful they are. To state, as one Sunday broadsheet report of the American campaign did, that the rate of conception drops to a mere 2 per cent at 40 is very bleak and misleading.

No one can deny that you may have to wait longer to get pregnant once you are in you mid- to late-thirties, or that you may fail. As someone who did have a baby at the drop of a hat at 40, and another, albeit after three miscarriages, at 46, my advice is this: next time you see a shock-horror headline about older mothers, just turn the page.

Full article: http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20010816/ai_n14411704

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At age 46 (almost 47) I had a "surprise" pregnancy during Christmas! Not only was I 46 years old, but was peri-menopausal with irregular periods AND on birth control pills.

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My mom had me at 45. She is the best mother, and I am so glad she waited. Now I am 25, she is 70, and she looks and feels better then some 20 year olds.

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I understand everyone’s fears, but it isn't that odd to be pregnant at 42. It is very common. Even if you look back 50 years ago, women had babies late. I know the media bombards us with the facts that women’s eggs are aging and all the risks attributed to them, but the majority of women have a normal and healthy pregnancy!

Don't listen to doomsayers! Not all 40 year old women age the same! You might be quite fertile for another 10 years. Good luck ! My mum had me at 45 and she started menopause at 55!

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I am 44 and at nearly 8 weeks. Lost one at about this point not too long ago, but didn't know it until about 12 weeks into it, with ultrasound (after spotting). Had one "normal pregnancy" after the D&C [dilation & curettage], and quickly pregnant again with nothing but Nature helping us.

We just decided to let Nature do her thing. Even with the first loss that was still Nature's decision. It made it easier, in some ways, to cope.

I have an 18 year old college daughter, 16 year old son, 16 year old step daughter, and 14 year old step son. My husband and I decided it would be nice to have another child if we could. I am not sure what will happen this time around. Of course we both hope and pray that we will see our due date of 10/6 and be holding our healthy child.

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I am 44 and pregnant. I didn't use anything except OPK's [Ovulation Predictor Kits] and lots of sex. Miscarriage is part of the deal with getting pregnant over 40 (3 miscarriages in the last 18 months).

This pregnancy is going well, didn't have any tests etc after miscarriages, just kept trying. Have to use OPK's for as many days as it takes (ovulation is not always when you expect). Have been taking fish oil from the start of last cycle, so don’t know if this has made any difference but is meant to help in preventing miscarriages.

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Also, if it helps, my Spanish grandmother had children in her late 40's/early 50's, so it's possible it can happen for you, too.

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If it helps, I just had my fifth child at age 47 (my other four children are adults or nearly so). I had him last month, and he's perfectly wonderful, and doesn't appear to have any problems.

The only thing that went "wrong", and it wasn't bad at that, was that I had gestational diabetes, which was discovered in the latter part of my pregnancy (when the doctors screen for diabetes). I had to watch what I ate, and took insulin. My baby weighed 9 lbs. 2.2 oz. (my next to smallest baby, by the way), and was 21 1/2 in. long.

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My doctor told me of two amazing women he had under his care, both over 47 and both had perfect babies and both doing well today. Someone once told me "we don't keep dropping eggs for nothing, and there is a reason we have so many" .

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My doctor told me of two women he delivered babies for that were over 46 years old. He told me both were healthy babies & natural.

One was after over 17 years of trying, including fertility treatments, which did not take. Then it happened naturally. The other was after a women had breast cancer and underwent chemo. A few years later she thought she was going through menopause.

When your baby is meant to be - it comes.

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It is natural to be scared, especially after reading the statistics for women over 40 getting pregnant. I am 47 and am 16 weeks pregnant. (Not planned) I'll be 48 when the baby arrives if all goes well.

We will not do any pre natal testing except for a targeted ultrasound next month. I'm scared, but I believe everything is in God's hands. I have 5 living children, miscarried in 1987 and miscarried with my last pregnancy at 18 weeks in 1993. We haven't told anyone yet, I still scared I'm going to lose this child. Keep us in your prayers.

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I am 43... and found out yesterday, I am pregnant. I am very scared, yesterday by the way, was my birthday. I have a doctor appointment on Tuesday, and my other 2 kids are 17 and 25.

I would love anyone to share info with, as I feel like a 1st time mom, also hubby had a vasectomy 13 yrs ago!! So this is a HUGE surprise... I thought I was in early menopause!

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Still pregnant at 11 weeks today at almost 45 - my birthday is Tuesday. My other kids ages are 21 (girl), 19 (girl), 17 (girl), 15 (boy), 13 (boy), 12 (boy), 9 (boy), 5 (boy), 3 (boy).

Ultrasound on Tuesday showed healthy baby with a 188 fetal heart rate. The high heartbeat scared me, but my doc said it was okay.

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Anyway, your mention of getting pregnant over age 40 as though you were in your 20's... I've heard that, too, along with increased infertility over 40. Probably for most women, the issue of infertility is what comes into play.

In fact, one of the things I was told when I switched doctors, was that my chances of miscarrying, were over 50% within the first trimester, and my ability to have got pregnant in the first place was around 10% (I'm 47, though I would've been a late 46, when I conceived).

The doctor said at my age, my eggs are dwindling in amount, and I probably would've had about 200 when I conceived; also, the quality of them is supposed to be lessened with age, due to environmental exposures over time.

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There are so many conflicting stories. Sometimes I read that it's almost impossible for a woman over 40 to get pregnant, and then I read other stories of women getting pregnant nearly as easily as when they were in their 20's. I was also shocked when I found out I was pregnant because I believed, from all I have heard, that it is virtually impossible to get pregnant naturally over 40. Well, we've proved that theory wrong.

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Maybe it'll help to know that I'm 47, and just had my fifth child last month (my sixth pregnancy). Except for having gestational diabetes, and not a bad case of it at that, my pregnancy was AWESOME and my beautiful baby boy was born on his due date weighing in at 9 lbs. 2.2 oz and was 21 1/2 in. long.

By the way, as stated in the beginning, I've been pregnant six times, with five live births. I, too, miscarried at 6 weeks in my second pregnancy... and I was in my 20's at the time. So, yes, it's quite possible to have a healthy pregnancy, and a healthy baby later on!

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I will be 45 in less than 2 weeks. I am 11 weeks pregnant. Heard good strong heartbeat today! I rented a fetal doppler from www.Babybeat.com and I can listen to my baby's heartbeat anytime I want!

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I have had 2 successful pregnancies in my 40's (1 at 40, 1 at 43) and 4 miscarriages (including one 5 months ago). Turned 48 last weekend and still trying though odds are small. Doctor says I can still get pregnant, and I'd love to have 1 more. So, who knows?

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I will be 45 on March 21 and I am 9 weeks pregnant with baby #13. Of those 13 pregnancies, I have had 3 miscarriages. Since I was 35, I have had 6 pregnancies, and 3 healthy baby boys. My last baby was born two months before my 42nd birthday.

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My own sister gave birth to beautiful twins when she was 42 and she was/is obese (over 350 pounds) has diabetes and asthma. All these high risks were against her, and she still had a relatively normal pregnancy and healthy twins! I also know of another woman who had her son when she was 44. You can do it too!

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I was speaking with my doctor who's wife had their first of three children starting at age 41. She apparently had 2 miscarriages before that.

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My sister had twins when she was 42. A friend of the family unexpectedly got pregnant for the first time at 44. She didn't think she could ever conceive--surprise!!

My mother and grandmother had children at 41. All of the above were healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Pregnancy after 40 - it happens a lot!!

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A woman in England has given birth to a healthy baby girl after being inseminated with her dead husband's sperm. Diana Scott, 44, and her husband had been trying to conceive before Mr. Scott was diagnosed with cancer.

Before he died in 2002, Mr. Scott gave written permission for his wife to continue trying to conceive after his death with his frozen sperm. After four failed IVF [in vitro fertilization] attempts, Mrs. Scott finally became pregnant. While Mrs. Scott is not concerned about being an older mother, she is anxious about being a single parent.

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Finding out you’re pregnant can often come as a surprise, but it can be downright shocking when you think you’ve entered menopause. That was the case for Deryn Minn, of Welshpool, Wales, who had been informed by her GP [general practioner - doctor] that she didn’t need to use to birth control anymore as she was menopausal and therefore unable to get pregnant.

Yet, just eight months later, Minn, 46, learned that she was in fact pregnant with her third child. Speaking about her surprising news, Minn said: “The GP said I wasn’t likely to get pregnant at my age so I was really shocked and then angry when I found out I was pregnant eight months later.”

However, those negative feelings quickly disappeared: “I’m now really grateful to the doctor, because without him I wouldn’t have Harry and he’s absolutely gorgeous.” Harry is Minn’s third child and her partner, Dave Jones, first. Minn has two teenage daughters from a previous relationship.

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She said that when she was in her 30’s, she got married and they decided to try for kids. Nothing was happening for a couple of years so they started infertility treatments. She said she tried for year after year. She had many of the different forms of IVF [in vitro fertilization] with no success. She said she used hormones to such an extent to produce eggs that her body began to suffer and she lost some of her hair and teeth (I had no idea this was a side effect!)

Anyway, they finally decided to adopt at 40 and were matched with a lady who was letting them adopt. Two months before the baby's birth, her husband asked for a divorce! She said she decided that she would never have kids and her clients would be her 'children' that she nurtured.

She began dating an old professor and guess what.... She conceived naturally at 44 her now 12 year old daughter!

I wanted to add that this was a surprise pregnancy. When she told the father, he wanted her to abort, which obviously was not what she wanted, considering her years of trying. To this day he has nothing to do with his daughter and she is just beautiful.

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My massage therapist has a friend whose mother had 23 children, the last in her 60's. This was in Canada, so they know when she was born. Maybe take a few years off for the story getting it wrong, but that would still put her in her late 50’s.

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