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I got pregnant with my daughter at 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, April 19, 2008 | 0 comments

I got pregnant with my darling daughter who is upstairs sleeping on my 5th and last IVF [in vitro fertilization] . I was 45 and 1 month when conceived, and 45 and 10m when delivered. I used my own eggs and PGD.

I was at Cornell, I had low FSH [follicle stimulating hormone] - 3.7, did acupuncture and was a good responder - unusually so for our age -- got 20-28 eggs each time. Last transfer two were normal after PGD [Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis], including one that was questionable, but we transferred anyway. I had my first daughter at 43 with IUI [intra-uterine insemination] at Cornell.

Everyone told me I was crazy to keep going, even my husband was on the fence. But I knew in my heart I had to try one more time to close the door before we went to adoption. I believe each person knows in their own heart when to stop trying and pursue different avenues. I was careful in who I discussed IVF with. Hope this gives someone hope!!


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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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