Anyone know a 40+ who got pg naturally?

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Registered: 06-06-2004
Anyone know a 40+ who got pg naturally?
Mon, 06-14-2004 - 6:17pm
Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone personally knows of any woman who got pg in her 40's without assistance? Was it her first pg? Was there anything about that particular woman that stood out, like she was particularly active or athletic or a healthy eater?

I know women in the 40's who got pg, but I am not sure if they had assistance. I don't know them well enough to ask.



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Registered: 06-06-2004
Wed, 08-04-2004 - 12:21am
Hello Kate and everyone else,

I got the nickname Bopsie from my great Aunt Anna. She was the only person who called me by that nickname and I miss her and the name.

Anyway, I am now able to answer my own post. I didn't think it would happen so quickly - I am pregnant. Either that, or I have a weird flu with it's only symptoms fatigue, morning sickness (in the pm today), sore, enlarged bbs, headache.

Yesterday at cd=27, dpo=12 I got a very faint pink line on a stick with fmu.

I just turned 42 in July! This was the second month TTC #2. DD (3 yo) took two months of trying as well.

I have 1 ovary since 1991. Mine was removed due to a dermoid (large benign) cyst.

My periods were always irregular, 28-34 days. Sometimes a 41 day, sometimes a 24.

Recently, I had experienced a huge iregularity that made me worry. My cycle lengths were since Jan 2004: 24, 25, 28, 39. I had also been very, very stressed all those months due to family stuff.

Last month (first month TTC) I was cd=32. This month, I had my hormones checked out on cd=3 (July 9th) and received FSH=5.5 estradiol <32. Before the blood work, the RE felt certain that I was an IVF candidate and that I was indeed perimenopausal. He urged me to get an HSG right away. I was going to wait until after trying for about 6 months.

This month, I started drinking green tea, V8, grapefruit juice, 1 oz of wheat grass juice about every other day & lots of OJ fortified with calcium. Plus, I ate about 2/3 cup of wheat germ with rice milk almost daily to get folic acid and vitamin A. Also, I started eating more spinach salads. I took for a tablet a day of nettle and milk thistle vitamins for about 4 days around ovulation time since that is when I bought it.

I also read the book Inconceivable and it made me feel more relaxed this month versus how tense I felt last month.

I want to thank you ladies for all the information you provided. It is terrific how you all support and comfort one another.

Wishing you all tons and tons of baby dust and hugs!


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Registered: 10-25-2000
Mon, 08-09-2004 - 3:41pm

I got pregnant at 40 naturally. I did use an OPT and since I had trouble with cm, used robitussin. But, I conceived - and was blessed with twin girls. Naturally.

I'm lurking now as we are trying to decide if we want to try for one more before we get too much further into our 40s.


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Registered: 08-16-2004
Thu, 08-19-2004 - 8:54pm
We conceived the old fashion way, but suffered any early miscarriage, so yes its possible. Many happy thoughts coming your way!!
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Registered: 03-31-2003
Fri, 08-20-2004 - 4:43am
hang in there! pregnant at 40, 43 & 46

we did have 3 early losses between our last two babies, and it took a bit longer to conceive baby #3...but they are perfect and wonderful! best wishes to all!

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Registered: 04-09-2004
Sat, 08-21-2004 - 2:04am
Hi Springdreamer,

totally inspirational!!

i was wondering if there was anything special that you did to get pregnant at 40, 43 and 46? Had you gone through any fertility treatments or suffered any miscarriages?

I am 43, have had 4 miscarriages (2 of them in my 40's). There is nothing I want more in this life than to have at least one healthy baby. I am always interested in women in their 40's and how they get pregnant and stay pregnant.

Do you live in the country or city? Were you a career person?

best to you and congratulations on those healthy kids!


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Registered: 03-31-2003
Sun, 08-22-2004 - 1:32am
dear jadu...

i never had a problem becoming pregnant. i had 5 children from my first marriage that ended in a divorce when i was 38. with my current husband, i quickly became pregnant and gave birth at age 40...again became easily pregnant with my daughter and was 42 when she was born. i had never endured a m/c until i was 44. i had easily became pregnant but never *felt* the preg symptoms increasing they way i knew they should have. i m/c at 9 weeks in feb 99. i did not conceive until jan 00 and then had a very early loss, such as a chemical pregnancy. after several months, i again became pregnant, but m/c at 8 weeks. with this last loss i did have a d&c. i can remember being out-of-state visiting my oldest daughter when af came knocking. i can only tell you that i have never experienced such a heavy flow in my life. my husband and i had decided not to continue trying for another child, so imagine our surprise when i conceived only 2 weeks later. this time around i did take a baby aspirin daily...also i used progesterone suppositories twice/day. i had a very uneventful pregnancy and my son, beckett, was born perfect weighing 9#2oz.

i wish you so much...and i hope you have strength and comfort from your loved ones to help you through the painful losses you have had. i hope that something i have said will give you some inspiration.


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Registered: 03-31-2003
Sun, 08-22-2004 - 1:36am
oh...and i totally forgot to add...

the answers to your other questions!

we live in a very rural midwest community...and i am working parttime as a registered nurse. i work nights--hence the strange hours i post on the board ;o)

also i am still nursing my son, who turned 2 in may.

not many 49 yr old women can say that!

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Registered: 04-04-2004
Sun, 09-05-2004 - 8:18pm
My friend's mother had her when she was 44.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 09-07-2004 - 5:45pm
Hi, Darice,

I remember you from the pg board. Can't believe Beckett is two. You were forty seven when he was born, right? I just had a very early m/c, but it just made me want another so bad again. I thought I was adjusted to being done.

Anyway, remembering your story gives me hope. My little guy is going to be three in September; you were just joining when I was about to leave. He is still nursing too.

Nice to see you again. Do you ever visit the other board?


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Registered: 08-31-2004
Fri, 09-10-2004 - 4:43pm

Hi Barbara,

I'm 40 and just got pregnant for the first time -- and it was the month we first started trying! (2 months after going off BCP) I know I'm lucky, even for someone younger than me, but I did it naturally! I started taking prenatal vitamins several months before going off BCPs, have eaten healthy foods (espec. calcium and iron-rich foods), and reduced the stress in my life by cutting work down to part-time.


Edited to add: I'm in my 3rd trimester and everything is textbook. I have had none of the problems often associated with "advanced maternal age." I'll be 41 when I deliver. Hang in there, ladies -- It IS possible to get PG naturally over 40.

Edited 3/3/2005 10:24 pm ET ET by missmaisie