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Surprise pregnancy at 47

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, February 08, 2017 | 0 comments

Image: Portrait of a baby boy in a green hat, by Greyerbaby / Lisa Runnels
Hi, I am Erna, 48 years old. Traveling used to be my passion and I never found time to settle down.

Finally, at the age of 40, I meet my husband and found piece of mind. Neither of us had been married before or had children.

We briefly thought about having children but dismissed the thought by thinking we were too old anyway.

After all, you did not hear or read a lot about women who became mother after 40, the whole society is focused on younger mothers.

Anyway, to our great surprise I turned out to be pregnant at the age of 47, I only found out after about 2 months.

I had the luck that I was seeing a great doctor, and he gave me lot of confidence.

After 42 weeks, labor started naturally and a beautiful healthy baby boy was born.

I never dreamed that a child could give such joy to your life and now I sometimes regret that I did not go for it earlier, but that is life, you take it as it comes and it is no guarantee that you would have been happier if you had acted differently.

My son is one and half years old now, and I still enjoy every day!

I am from Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Photo Credit: Portrait of a baby boy in a green hat by Greyerbaby / Lisa Runnels
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Image: The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43 1/4, by Cari Rosen. Publisher: Vermilion (September 12, 2011)-The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43 1/4
by Cari Rosen

-- Whatever your age, becoming a mum for the first time brings with it excitement, anxiety and numerous challenges.

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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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