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Pregnant in my 50s

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 3 comments

Image: Cute baby. Photo credit: Lisa Ghaith on FreeImages

I got pregnant when I was in my 50s (just last year).

She was a true Bonus Baby, a complete surprise.

My husband and I were shocked and thrilled about her birth - at the same time.

My sweet little daughter, Elizabeth, has been such a joy to us.

Image: You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother, by Judith Newman. Publisher: Miramax (April 21, 2004)You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother
by Judith Newman

-- Today the number of women having their first child over thirty-five has increased by a bazillion fold or some equally scary large number.

Newman is the first to write a book telling what it is really like when a trip to the drugstore entails the purchase of both diaper cream and wrinkle cream; when getting your shots means both immunization and Botox.

You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman is not only about having children later in life: it is about what happens to a marriage — and to the spirit when even the most sought-after baby comes.

Wry, warm, and brutally honest, this is the book for any woman — whatever her age — who has awakened at 3AM, to the insistent shrieks of her darling and thought: Oh man, I'm too old for this.

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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. Hi Catherine
    I am comforted to know that you got pregnant at 50. I turned 50 in Feb and followed through with my Plan B of transfering two donated frozen embryos just last week. (Plan A was hoping to get pregnant naturally) Unfortunately neither of the embryos survived the thawing process and I am devastated. I don't have any other children and met my husband at 42 but we had three miscarriages so we thought we'd try the frozen embryos. I am so devastated so your posting gave me hope. Any advice? Did you do anything different for this pregnancy? How old is your husband? My husband is 56.

  2. {{hugs}} Brave New Mama!

    These stories are ones I have found and collected online - not my personal story. For me, we first got pregnant together when I was 49 and my husband was 43.

    I carried that precious baby for 8 weeks, but it ended sadly in miscarriage. We got pregnant 5 more times, all ended in a loss. The last one was at 54, which lasted 15 weeks before we lost the baby.

    Now I am several years past menopause and we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

    However, I have collected thousands of stories of successful pregnancies - so there is still hope!

  3. Thank you for your uplifting stories..It certainly gives me hope that it can happen to me too

Don't just sit there, reading this story or article - say something! Do you believe it? Do you think it is impossible? Do you wish it was you? Do you have a story to share (it might get published!)

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