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My grandmother had her youngest at 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, May 07, 2009 | 0 comments

Not to mention the fact that even if the average woman started having children earlier, that wouldn’t necessarily reduce the number of babies born to women over 35, because women that age can get pregnant by accident.

Older women have been having babies for thousands of years, and even in the days when medical help was pretty much non-existent, most of them survived the experience. Queen Victoria was gone 40 when she had her youngest child.

My grandmother had her youngest child at 45. Hell, a friend of mine’s mother had twins at 43, entirely by accident (and of course, what with it being twins, everyone assumed she and her husband had been using fertility drugs rather than the Pill).


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