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Baby is a girl - pregnant at 44

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, May 24, 2009 | 0 comments

After getting out BFP [big fat positive - positive pregnancy test], we were thrilled but cautiously optimistic.

I did bloodwork right away to see if I needed supplementary progesterone, but my levels were fine. We did the nuchal fold test, which looked good, but still opted to do an amnio [amniocentesis].

We were on a delayed honeymoon when we got the results back: all the chromosomes were lined up perfectly, and the baby was a girl! The first 29 weeks of the pregnancy have gone very smoothly — no problems except that it is very fatiguing to be pregnant at 44 — I have literally taken a couple of naps a day throughout the pregnancy.

It is funny that this pregnancy came when it did: I had gotten mentally weary of wishing for a baby. At the New Year I decided that we would continuing “trying” only up until my birthday ( April 1); we got our positive results on March 22.

I can’t help but believe that love was the magic “supplement” — not present in all our lab adventures, but very much a part of our daily life.

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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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