Expecting baby #4 at 49

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, April 16, 2011 | 1 comments

I just a couple months shy of being 49 and have been making my empty nest plans with excitement. I recently found out I am expecting baby #4 on my 27 year old's birthday in January 07.

My youngest is almost 16, learning to drive and full of teenage attitude!! I should be the poster Mom for poor family planning. I had two when I was 22 & 23, then again at 33, and now at 49!

When I went to the doctor 5 years ago and asked for a tubal ligation, he told me I had less than 1% chance of getting pregnant at my age. Only people who bought eggs got pregnant in their 40's, was his remark.

I had my doubts about his advice and continued birth control until just a few months ago, thinking if it was 1% 5 years ago, surely it was zero now. Wrong!!

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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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  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. It gives us all so much hope. The doctors are trained to take all hope away from us so we won't be disappointed in THEM. Kind of self centered of them. There are so many stories out there. And life is so much sweeter when we have faith and hope!

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