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Mistook pregnancy for menopause at 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, May 10, 2008 | 1 comments

HELEN DALLEY: In her grief, Deborah figured that was her first and last chance to have a baby, yet, three years later, she complained to her husband that she must be heading into menopause.

DEBORAH THOMAS: I feel exhausted, I feel shocking. This menopause is just the worst thing I'm going through. As it turned out, I was three months pregnant.

HELEN DALLEY: You had mistaken pregnancy for menopause?


HELEN DALLEY: So at 45...

DEBORAH THOMAS: I fell pregnant.

HELEN DALLEY: Naturally.


HELEN DALLEY: No IVF [in vitro fertilization]?


HELEN DALLEY: The result was little Oscar, now aged two. He was born when his mum was 46 years old - a biological rarity.



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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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