Baby at 57 conceived the old-fashioned way

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, February 23, 2018 | 0 comments

Image: Photo credit: Baby Love, by Emily Cahal on FreeImages
Photo credit: Baby Love, by Emily Cahal
False: You can't get pregnant after you enter perimenopause.

For the average woman, fertility begins to decline around age 37, because the eggs left in her ovaries are getting old.

But, according to Dr. Leon Speroff, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health and Science University, variability is the rule.

One woman in Portland, Oregon, delivered a baby at age 57... after conceiving the old-fashioned way.

So women who don't want to get pregnant should continue to use contraception until they are definitely postmenopausal.

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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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