First baby at 46 years old

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, September 09, 2017 | 0 comments

Image: Cute Baby Elf, by Petr Kratochvil on PublicDomainPictures
Got married for the first time 43 years old, we starting TTC [trying to conceive] immediately.

After 12 months I went for help, and had two rounds of IVF [in vitro fertilization] last year.

First we got 3 eggs, all fertilized but BFN [big fat negative]!

Started second a month later, but I had a terrible response and converted to IUI [intrauterine insemination] - but still another BFN.

I was told my eggs were old and wrinkly at review, when I was then 45 years old.

So I was advised to go the donor egg route, or try for our own miracle.

Had started doing Chinese herbs with acupuncture, and within 3 months had my first BFP [big fat positive] in January 2006 - but the baby only stayed for a few days.

Kept taking herbs, etc., doing yoga and Pilates - and I got my next BFP in March 2006 - I am currently 35+ weeks pregnant with my first baby.

I will be 46 years old on November 20th.

My precious little one is being induced at the end of the month.

It can happen - just keep tweaking your odds and it may be you!

Photo Credit: Cute Baby Elf
by Petr Kratochvil on PublicDomainPictures
Public Domain photo: Creative Commons Deed CC0



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Catherine

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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