Got pregnant in my 50's

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, May 14, 2012 | 2 comments

Cute baby. Stock Photo credit: lghaith

Got pregnant in my 50's (just last year), a true Bonus Baby.

My husband and I were shocked and thrilled at the same time.

My daughter, Elizabeth, has been a joy to us.

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You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older MotherYou Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother
-- Today the number of women having their first child over thirty-five has increased by a bazillion fold, or some equally scary large number, and Newman is the first to write a book that tells what it's 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's 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. Catherine says:

    {{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!

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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