Hi, I'm new here....I will turn 50 years old this September. I have 4 children, oldest is 25, youngest is 8 ( I had my youngest at 41) and pregnant again at 42 which ended in a MC @ 10 weeks. We haven't used birth control in over 10 years... I still have my regular periods, about a week ago I had a 1 day of a tiny amount of implantation spotting (brown/old blood) I thought my period was starting but it didn't..so I get up this morning with very tender breasts and needing to urinate more frequent the last few days, I'm also feeling tired....I thought I was going through menopause..but I've been pregnant before and I know the symptoms, been felt it was highly unlikely given my age that I was pregnant, even though it felt like I was so today just to make sure, I took a pregnancy test and it turned positive right away....I can't get into my doctor until next week, I'm a very healthy/fit almost 50 year old. My question is at my age, what are the odds of MC, is there anything I can do to make sure of a healthy pregnancy? do I even produce enough progesterone/hormones at my age to support a pregnancy? any advice is greatly appreciated! thank you...
well first off congratulations :) if you go by the medical world it will be all doom and gloom regarding your pregnancy, and yes the odds probably arnt that good but I would get on a good pregnancy vitamin straight away, there was a lady in australia last year who gave birth to a healthy girl at the age of 5o so keep positive until you are proven otherwise and dont let the doctors get you down, good luck :)
CONGRATULATIONS...I thank God for you because your news gives me encouragement. God told me I was going to meet someone on MH that was older than me that was going to be pregnant; naturally. God promised me several years ago I would have a daughter and I am still believing Him. I began to have some concern because of my age (I just turned 49 in April). But I'm not concerned about my age anymore since reading your story. I pray for God to bless you and your pregnancy. Be blessed.
thanks for the reply! my doctor called me today and told me in his 35 years of practice he hasn't had a patient with a natural pregnancy older than 45 let alone almost 50..he told me to go buy a lottery ticket...I bought some vitamins today..if everything goes ok, this will be c-section and baby # 5..I just had a mini tummy tuck last year...so much for that LOL..thanks again :)
Huge congrats to you. Don't think too much about stats. Remember that we are individuals, not statistics. To answer your question...statistically your risk of m/c is high, but it is certainly not a given. Take this day by day and expect the best. This does happen, and I think it is absolutely wonderful! Please keep us updated and I wish you nothing but the best!
I had another doctor apt today to go over my blood-work results from last friday (june 8). I was 15-18 days post ovulation at the time the blood was tested and my hcg level was 267 which he said was right about where it's supposed to be and my progesterone level was 31 which the doctor said was great at any age, let alone my age...so I had another HCG drawn today and I go back this friday for another...if my hcg levels keep rising, he scheduled me for an U/S a week from next Monday (June 25)..he said I was in really great shape inside and out and my body wants to keep having babies..
well not so good news today... my HCG levels went from 267 to only 450 in 3 1/2 days so I think that's a sign I'm going to miscarry..I am about 17-19 dpo..I'm going to have another hcg level day after tomorrow (this Friday) so we shall see what's going on...but it doesn't look too good despite the good progesterone levels?
thanks everyone..I will keep you posted good or bad, friday is my next HCG draw..the doctor said it could have been a vanishing twin? or a sign of a miscarriage, although my progesterone levels remain very good...anyway, thanks for the positive thoughts...
thanks for those kind words...I def hate the wait and see...my doctor didn't seem too concerned about it..he said because I'm very early in the pregnancy..he thinks I may have even ovulated later than I think..but to me that doesn't explain why my hcg isn't doubling? I guess I'll find out hopefully Friday..I'm thinking they will draw my hcg then I'll have to wait till Monday to find out the results..a long weekend...:(
the wait is just awful I agree :) it always seems easier once you know whats happening, good or bad, anyhow, I didnt even think about the twin thing, I had one of those as well, but didnt find out thru bloods but an u/s as I thought I was having a miscarriage due to bleeding but u/s showed one good sack and a wonky one off to the side, so yes thats def a possibility as well....
How awesome! I was thrilled to read your post. I'm pregnant with my 5th child as well, and I also thought those days were over for me, I am 38. My youngest is 11. Best of luck & I will look forward to reading your updates.
thanks for asking but not good news today but at least somewhat closure...my hcg went from 450 to 529 in 3 days so I'm going to miscarry...I'm waiting to hear back from my doctor as to what to do...so I would like to get it over with as fast as possible, I had a D&C once for a missed miscarriage and it did not go well...anyone know about the methotrexate shot? or have any experience with this? should I just let nature take it's course?? any thoughts on what I should do would be greatly appreciated!
2 days later my my doctor finally called me back..now I have to go in for another hcg tomorrow morning and an ultrasound...I don't know why he's bothering other than to rule out an ectopic? anyone know how long it takes before the bleeding starts once the hcg levels stall? I just want this overwith :(
I know the wait is pretty heart wrenching and painful, but your doctor is really doing the right thing, from my experience, as soon as hcg levels start to stall or drop, depending on how high they were to start with, everything is usually over and done with within 2 weeks, if your waiting for a natural miscarriage to occour, but obviously this is just my experience, will be thinking of you and take care
thanks for that and you're right, the doctor made the right call...I went in for another hcg level this am but won't know the results until tomorrow..I also had an ultrasound done , they could not find any signs of the pregnancy in the uterus or the tubes...they found a 2 cm mass on my right ovary that may or may not be the pregnancy..so depending on the hcg results drawn today, 1, we wait, 2, a shot of methotrexate, 3 D&C, 4, a laparoscopy....when the pregnancy thing is over, I have to have a repeat ultrasound, if the mass is still on my ovary (it may or may not be pregnancy related) I have to have surgery to remove it..the doctor said it may or may not be cancerous..they will do a frozen section while I'm still on the O.R. table, if it looks cancerous they will remove my ovaries at that time...I will keep everyone updated regardless...if it does turn out to be cancer, then this ultrasound was a good thing, I would have never known I had this mass on my ovary..
phew!! gosh you've got alot to take in,, maybe the whole pregnancy was a blessing as if it wasnt for the pregnancy as you said, you wouldnt have known, obviously I'm hoping that everything stays very simple for you!! with low numbers like that its usually to early to see much, anyway, am thinking of you and will check for updates, good luck xx
Hi, thanks everyone for the well wishes!..I got my hcg results back from yesterday and it went from 467 to 685...I'm bummed, I had hoped that my body was going to take care of this naturally but I guess not..I'll talk to my doctor tomorrow hopefully to see what the next step is? I still have morning sickness :(
Please, PLEASE keep posting about this. I am almost 44 in a few wks and trying to have a first child. The fact that you naturally conceived at 50 is a huge relief to hear. Whether it results in a child or it was the divine intervention way of warning you about a much more serious thing you may have missed until too late, remember everything happens for a reason. (That's 26yrs of Buddhism speaking.) ;p
yes, the fact that I will be 50 in a few months and got pregnant naturally was still pretty amazing..my doctor is still amazed about my my pregnancy and progesterone levels being so good (naturally) I don't have any health issues, we are a very outdoor active family in sports and such, I have never smoked, never any drugs, we don't drink..not on any meds..we don't eat junk...I also don't take any vit. or supplements, never have..iI think t's living a good healthy lifestyle that allowed me to get pregnant at almost 50 (we had a very healthy natural pregnancy,baby boy (10lbs 3ounces) at 41 and another natural pregnancy at 43..I cannot compare my history with my mothers or grandmothers because they both a hysterectomy in their early 40's due to fibroids...
my eggs however are still old, those, my healthy lifestyle has no control over I suppose...on a good note, I started cramping pretty badly lastnight and my bleeding has started and I'm VERY relieved that my body is taking care of this naturally as my HCG level came back at another rise at 685, from a draw 2 days ago and I was scheduled to get a shot of methotrexate Monday morning and possibly a D & C this next week..so I'm relieved..I will keep updating....
thanks everyone for the positive thoughts and concerns!! and stay healthy..
Another update..I started cramping and bleeding early this past saturday morning and passed some clots so I went to the doctor on Monday for an hcg to see if my body was taking care of the miscarriage or if I was going to need a shot of methotrexate and or a D&C my hcg came back at 47 from 685, 4 days prior, so I'm relieved...I'll be glad when this is completely over with!
good progesterone is not always an indicator of a healthy pregnancy and no matter what some of the gals say, slow rising betas are not a good sign either- I miscarried at about 7 wks.. my last beta as around 1389 but it was slow rising and though my progesterone was great, I still miscarried. My u/s also showed I was behind so I kind of expected it.
I think it is amazing that you conceived at almost 50 though and I am sorry about your m/c-enjoy the children you have as I am still working on #1.
My doctor was just surprised about the good progesterone level at my age..
I know it doesn't indicate a healthy pregnancy...I too was not surprised at my M/C as my doctor had told me, I had an 80+% chance of miscarry at my age...I def. enjoy my kids, they are a blessing!! I guess if we decide we want more, it's donor eggs...my doctor said I have a better than average chance of conceiving and carrying to term with donor eggs..we shall see, as I said, we were not trying to have another baby, so all this is still very much a surprise...
I have been reading your posts and I just want to say, I am sorry that it didn't work out. I know it was unplanned, but it always gives the rests of us hope. I hope they monitor you until your HCG is back to zero. I think that is always a good idea, that way if your period is late next cycle, and you take another HCG test, you know it is a new pregnancy if your level is elevated.
thank you...they told me I was good to go when my hcg was at 47 and that I don't need to come in anymore..I don't have any more pregnancy symptoms so I hope it is resolved..my bleeding has all but stopped also, so I hope it is over...
sounds as if everything is all over, I'm glad that it all happened naturally for you :) sorry that it had to happen, usually once your hcg levels are 10 and under, your cycle should be back to normal, so hopefully yours is there or soon will be, takr care :)
Like you, I had a spontaneous pregnancy at 49 (49 years, 7 months).
Unfortunately, I began bleeding and lost pregnancy symptoms at 8 weeks, the vaginal ultrasound showed a gestational sac and a larger than expected yolk sac. I passed this tissue 8 days after I started bleeding, a second ultrasound confirmed they were gone but my HcG was still at 3225, so I am going to be testing each week with the intention that my body will bless me with resolution as it blessed me with the pregnancy (12mm of tissue left to release as of last Tuesday).
I am sorry for your loss and grateful that you have children to enjoy!
The one thing I've learned in this pregnancy is how" wonderful and supportive a community we have, that has certainly helped weather the ups and downs!
I just was looking thru sites n came 2 this.ur story has really encouraged me.im 39 yrs old n been married 2 a 30 yr old 1 yr july 30th.said he didnt wnt kids of his own b4 we married.i hav 4 of my own frm previous marriage n grandkids.4 days ago he decides he wnts kids n thinks he has 2 divorce me 2 meet some1 else 2 hav thm.i wnt 2 get a tubal reversal done but its gna take time 2 save up the money,but 2 me its worth it 2 kp my marriage n try 2 hav a child wth my husband.i thot 39 wld b 2 late but ur story pumped me up even more 2 do this n by the grace of God it will b a success.God bless you! C.R tx
Hi everyone! 37 days after I started bleeding/miscarrying my period came and everything is back to normal...
msmegruns, sorry to hear..my hcg never got that high, so your miscarriage might take longer to resolve...hopefully you won't have to have a D&C...it's not a fun thing to go through...and yes I enjoy my kids so much!!
Crtx, the sooner the better..you might want your doctor to run some tests before you plan a tubal reversal...I had a very healthy pregnancy and a 10lb baby at 41, and 2 miscarriages after that..my sister was going to have a tubal reversal at 42 but they did 2 FSH levels and the doctor refused to do a tubal reversal based on her not so great levels....so the sooner the better for you..and good luck! you never know!!
I was wwondering if anybody knows if its possible for me to ever have a Baby again. Im very healthy and just turned 49 and havnt had a period in a year. :( I have a younger BF, who loves me regardless, but its killing me wondering if i could conceve or not with all the medical help there is out there. My Dr, said I could carry and referred me to a fertility specialist. I havnt gone yet.. Not sure if im ready to face the music yet.. I just pray that there may be a possibility..
I just found out a week ago that I am about 6 to 7 weeks pregnant. I am turning 49 in July. I have 10 birthed children but m/c twice in the last 2years I have been taking vitamins and folic acid for months but not to get pregnant just to fight the menopausal feelings. Could you tell me did you carry to term and what did you do if you did to help the pregnancy. I'd not what did you do to cope? Thanks melinda
I'm 48 June 19 wil be 49 I have missed period at least 1 1/2 months my nipples are so sore and sensitive but I do jog with no actual breat pain just nipples, got blood work yesterday no results yet! I ansolutely cannot accept this pregnancy, I have fibromyalgia and severe depression and am completely bed ridden all winter! I pray in not pregnant! Thoughts on sensitive nipples ?
I cant imagine how you feel. Im 32 weeks pregnant at almost 40 and my body can barely handle it. Fibromyalgia is very painful and pregnancy would be a nightmare for you.
I hope this will be of some comfort to you...Its possible you could be pregnant. However, even if you are, the chances of misscarriage are extremely high for your age. I read a study only 1-3% of 49 yr old women conceive in a cycle. And of those women that actually conceive, over 84% will misscarry.
Hello mom10ofmany, I just turned 49 a couple weeks ago and have 11 children. Through the years we have had 2 miscarriages, and 2 years after our youngest (now 7 yrs) was born, I had some strange pregnancy that we thought must have been a blighted ovum or something similar.
I am wondering how you are doing in your pregnancy? Have you ever homebirthed?
hope to talk soon
donna, mommy to a bunch
Ladies, I was happy to hear that a friend of a friend announced that at 50 she is 8 months pregnant! They waited for all tests to come back positive before they made their announcement. This is their 3rd child. What an exciting holiday it will be for this family! I wish you all many blessings and great hope.
I have 8 healthy kids and the last 3 with my current husband are all girls. I'm 44, 45 in 3 months, and I desperately want one more shot at a boy. Have been trying for 2 years now and would be very happy with anything! My husband says that he doesn't need a boy to be happy, but he is only 31 and I can't help but want this for him.
This is a really old thread. You can start a new one and ask this question :). You are more likely to get responses that way.
There have been ladies that have been successful pregnancies at over 40. Momacher (screen name) just had a little boy.
I don't know if this an option or not, you could use donor eggs or donor embryos, if you aren't successful on your own. Just something to think about??
I had my twins at 45. We used donor embryos.
Good luck! I hope you are successful!
Sending baby dust!!!
Since this was a recent addition to the above post I'll answer you 8andwant9--and yes I understand this is an old thread so feel free to pm me so we don't keep it alive. I just feel like an answer is the best way to close the thread.
I had a baby at 45 conceived naturally. I wasn't trying and actually thought I had the flu and went to the hospital and found out. She was healthy and I had no issues during the pregnancy other than hyperemesis, which I'd had with my prior pregnancies years earlier so nothing new there.
Relaxing plays a big part of getting pregnant when you're older. TTC can really put a lot of stress on you throwing your body out of whack. In my family women have had babies up to 52 years of age naturally so I didn't think much of it, but some doctors (not all) acted like it was some kind of miracle. In that way I am lucky since I have in-family examples of success--but you should know even so my questions and doubts are the same. Do your best to eat healthy, get enough rest and try to relax.
The internet can be a blessing and a curse. There are tons of people saying babies over 45 are near impossible and donor eggs are the only way to go. I'm not knocking all of that info nor having children that way, you should just know that a lot of it can be overblown and often people are repeating stats that they hear. I'm just saying as long as you aren't in menopause you have a chance of pregnancy.
Just look on the net for info on women over 40 with surprise/unwanted pregnancies. Its a growing concern and stems in large part from the medical community (and society) lulling women into a false sense of security by saying it's not likely. I had asked my doctor for BC at the time (before my accidental conception) and was told it wasn't really necessary. Not going to blame them though...I should have pushed for bc instead of just accepting what was said.
Don't get me wrong, I love children but being overweight and having issues with hyperemesis for every pregnancy thus far I had just recently discussed with my spouse that before we even think about another baby I'd want to lose some weight in hopes of it being a better pregnancy. The next month I found out I was 2 weeks pregnant.
I was in shock, trust me, but having recently had some significant losses in my family (mother, brother) I felt that this was a wonderful gift back to us. She was and still is. Now she is four and I, like you, have decided to try one last time. Doctors are largely unsupportive and imo this is either going to happen or not, I can't allow them to discourage me. I won't be going any expensive routes. Using donor eggs and such are out of the realm of what I want to do to achieve this.
I'm taking vitamins and following some tips and overall just trying to relax and let it happen. I do have some challenges but overall I'm feeling positive about ttc. And you have to love the BD--if nothing else my stress is lower and DH and I are spending a lot of time together.
I signed up here today just to tell you this because I know where you're coming from. Keep your head up and do whats right for you and don't get discouraged, there are a lot of us older moms out there and YES it is possible.
I was moved when I read ur story.. Am 49rs old lady, had a son out of ignorance when I was in secondary school, then i was 17yrs.. Now am properly married to a more younger man... But i ve not being able to get pregnant... Now I have faith and hope in God.... God bless you and your family.
I am 49 years and 9 months. I just found out today that I am pregnant. I'm completely in shock. I feel like my head is spinning. I saw a chart recently that showed my chances of conceiving naturally at my age is almost zero percent. Well, surprise! I know my chances of carrying this pregnancy all the way through are low, but I'm posting to the other women out there wondering and hoping to get pregnant later in life. Yes, this was completely natural and not planned whatsoever.
I am wondering if you found out if you are pregnant?
I am also 49 and have not had any children, although have been pregnant in my previous marriage and miscarried. Tests showed that my husband had multiple problems but that I was fine. This month I have been experiencing some unusual symptoms, starting last Tuesday which would be halfway through my cycle. I have been randomly nauseous, sore nipples and had hot flashes. My period is due later this week (today being Monday). Today have noticed brown discharge when wiping. I am so confused. I keep telling myself that it's ridiculous to think that pregnancy could happen at my age - and then people tell me about others who have conceived and delivered healthy babies.
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