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I was pregnant at 54

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, April 25, 2008 | 0 comments

In November 2004, when I was 54 years of age, I started having severe tenderness in my nipples. I skipped my otherwise regular, heavy period in December, and the nipple tenderness increased. I figured I was entering menopause.

On New Year's Day, I went to the hospital with symptoms of excessive heavy bleeding and dizziness. My husband and I, and the staff, were shocked to learn that HCG confirmed I was pregnant and having a miscarriage - probability 6-7 weeks gestation. My doctor said he has never seen it in a woman my age and that he would not forget me.

Not knowing I was pregnant, I hardly had time to feel sad about the loss -- my husband and I already are the parents of 7 (then ages 16-32), grandparents of 5 (then 4). I cannot imagine how that pregnancy would have changed our lives if it continued, but we have faith in God and would trust him for that either way. I just had my 56th birthday and I am still having regular, heavy periods.


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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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