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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, May 31, 2013 | 0 comments

100y old picture of family. Stock Photo Credit: ftiborI don't know if everyone has the ability to do this, but it made me feel a lot better last night.

I had read in an infertility book some time ago that all this stuff about it being hard to get pregnant in our 40’s just isn't automatically true.

That we should look into our family history, and see there that women routinely had babies into their 40s in the past.

So I got out the family tree book last night, for my dad's side, which goes back to the 1700s... Guess what, ALL of the women I am descended from in his family had their last baby in their 40's, average age being 43/44 years old.

There are about 20 women listed, and only one had her last child in her 30's. And I seriously doubt if any of them went to REs [reproductive endocrinologist] or took Clomid... It really cheered me up.

Plus my husband was right there telling me about his side of the family, women who had their last child at 45-53 years old...!

Anyway, check out your family tree for inspiration.

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At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years.

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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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