70 & Pregnant?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
70 & Pregnant?
Fri, 05-31-2013 - 1:29pm

With wrinkles and age spots, would an image of a pregnant 70-year-old woman be enough to get you thinking about your own fertility?

A controversial new campaign called “Get Britain Fertile” hopes to prod women into having children at a younger age. British TV personality Kate Garraway, a 46-year-old mother of two, appears in the campaign, transformed by make-up into a heavily pregnant, much older woman. Garraway tells The Telegraph that she had her kids at ages 38 and 42, and says it’s now too late for her to have a third child.

"I do look back now and realize that leaving pregnancy late can be a risky bet as diminishing fertility can stack the odds against you,” she told the newspaper. “In some ways I wish I’d had my babies younger.”

The group behind the campaign says it wants to start a conversation about the consequences of delaying childbirth. Some women, though, are furious about the ads.


Interesting concept.  What do you think about the ad? Would a photo of a 70 yr old pregnant woman get you thinking about your own fertility?

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Sun, 06-02-2013 - 6:15am

I like it.  It's a great idea if couples in the UK are having this problem.  In my case, I knew about declining fertility, but I didn't really know.   It can so easily happen to women wanting to plan, plan, plan. And infertility must be so devastating that, if these ads can prevent it happening to some couples, they're worth it.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sun, 06-02-2013 - 8:59am
Say it ain't so..... Please. Lol.



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Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 06-04-2013 - 11:11am

I am not sure how I feel about the ad. Since I write blogs about older women being pregnant - yes, a few even into their 70's - I guess I don't find the ad as shocking.

Having several friends who had babies in their late 40s, and even early 50s - and for myself, hoping to have carried the babies I got pregnant with after 49 - my views are different than mainstream.

And I can't visualize how I would have felt in my 20's to see such a picture - would seem like science fiction I guess. I mean, most people think you are too old to get pregnant once you are over 30!

But I think that most women who hope to have a baby after 30, after 40, didn't just wait because they thought they could. I think most did not find the right partner, did not feel they had the financial backing to raise a child, are not in a place or health situation to safely have a child, or have been trying for years without success. Or they remarried and hoped to have a child with their new husband.

So would seeing this ad help her find the right partner? Give her the money she needs to have the baby now?Make it safe for her to have a child now? Or help her get pregnant successfully after all these years? Doubtful!

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 06-04-2013 - 1:37pm

While I don't believe there's a ONE right time to have a baby my husband and I waited until we were in our 30s, We were more financially secure, he was done with school, we bought our first home then etc etc.  I think stretching chldbirth to 50s, 60s or even 70s is unrealitic. 



Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 06-04-2013 - 2:36pm

[[ I think stretching chldbirth to 50s, 60s or even 70s is unrealitic. ]]

When you say stretching... do you mean waiting until then to have a child, or simply having children at those ages?

Most babies born to women in their 50's in the past (before the invention of the Pill) were happy accidents  - they usually didn't know you could still get pregnant at this age. They were called "menoapuse babies" or "change of life babies".

For some women, their bodies become MORE fertile at this point, almost as if their bodies were doing a last hurray before the cycles ended. Twins are more comon over 50.

Or unhappy accidents - did you know that more over 40 women get pregnant and abort than under 18 year old? It really skews the numbers when we talk about the ability to get pregnant over 40.

None of the women I have come across while writing my pregnacy blogs, who had a baby over 60, over 70 - simply waited to have a baby. They had been trying desperately for years, ever hopeful that a pregnancy would happen... or stick. For them, they had to wait that long before the technological advances had reached a point where they could be helped with donor eggs, etc. Or they had the money to pay for it.

I am 59 years old, and no, I can't imagine getting pregnant over 60, never mind over 70. But I certainly can understand the drive, the desire, the wish to finally hold a child in your arms. It is heartbreaking to watch all those around you having babies, raising children... and feeling barren, with empty arms and an empty heart.

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Registered: 05-09-2010
Mon, 06-10-2013 - 10:58am

I personally find it degrading to woman. Any intelligent woman knows that fertility declines as one ages. If a woman choses to wait to have children, then so be it. It's her choice.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 06-10-2013 - 12:01pm

I can't imagine too many women DON'T know that your fertility goes down as you age. I think most women would prefer to have their children in their 20's and 30's - why would you plan to wait till you were 40 or 50 years old?