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I was 45 when I gave birth

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, May 01, 2009 | 0 comments

I answered the poll as one who gave birth at the age of 45. I conceived at 44, and I was 45 and 2 months old when I gave birth to a beautiful, perfectly healthy girl after an uneventful pregnancy.

Just so you know, I used my own eggs (well, just one). I don't know how it escaped me that conceiving my first at age 44 might be a little difficult, but I was newly married at 43, and we just kept trying. I kept BBT [basal body temperature] charts, and was attuned to my fertile time.

I did not take any supplements, other than folic acid. All I can say is that the "less than 3% chance of conceiving" that I was given by the RE [reproductive endocrinologist] turned out to be all the chance I needed. Don't give up.


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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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