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Anyone know of natural pregnancy at 47?

Does anyone know of anyone who is 47 or older who has become pregnant, and / or carried to term, a child from their own eggs? I am 47, finally woke up to realize how much I want this, and of course, the doctor is telling me there is a 1% chance (basically not possible). I am curious if there are ANY examples of women who got pregnant and had healthy babies with their own eggs at this age?

Also, egg donation seems to be the only option, but I wonder about the fact that it is not your own genetic material...it seems like that would make it so difficult, so sad, but maybe I am not thinking of this the right way...

Any help or comments would be so appreciated. Thank you.
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377493 tn?1356505749
To be completely honest, it would be very difficult to conceive naturally and carry full term at 47.  If this is what you truly want then I wish you luck.  Your best option truly is to try donor eggs.  There are a number of women on this forum who have had successful pregnancies that way, and I can tell you that they love their babies with 100% of their heart.  It is such a personal decision.  Some only want a baby that is 100% theirs genetically, to others it just doesn't matter.  There is no right or wrong answer, it truly depends on what matters to you.  Please don't take this as negative or judgemental, I completely respect everyone's right to make their own decision, I just really believe that donor eggs is your best option at this point.  Whatever you decided, I truly wish you all the best!
1006003 tn?1256231015
Hi Janet,

Natural pregnancy and delivery at 47 certainly has happened - many many thousands of times! 1% is far from impossible - but it is far from probable, as well. I'm 44, and the statistical odds are against me as well, but I'm just going ahead the natural way. If I have no children by the time menopause hits, I'll consider adopting an older child. It's a highly personal choice of how to proceed. And, as adgal says, using a donor egg is also a highly personal choice. If you're interested in donor eggs and wonder if you're thinking of it "the wrong way" - well, think of it a different way! There are lots of happy moms with children from donor eggs.

Best of luck and welcome to the forum!
509879 tn?1259342551
A coworker of mine has a friend who tried with her DH to get pregnant for several years at 40. They eventually gave up and turned their energy to caring for their ailing parents, work, etc. Well, at 50 years old(!), this woman unexpectedly became pg! She and her DH were totally stunned, but decided to move forward with the pg. They now have a healthy daughter. I'm sure it's not easy at 50, but it has been done.

Also, I would like to say that due to my age (43) and high FSH levels, my RE gave me a 1% chance of getting pg. Well, I did get pg NATURALLY! Unfortunately, my hCG levels have dropped so my RE told me to wait for miscarriage, but the point is that it can happen, even with a 1% chance. I am hopeful that it'll happen again and this time stick.

Good luck to us all!
I am dealing with trying to get pregnant myself ....and that is a blessing to get pregnant at 50 am 46 trying to get pregnant...and i would like to know what can i do to get pregnant....was told to try fertile pills....my doctor also told me i was fertile so i don't know what is going on.
I would say that you will absolutely need to work with a fertility specialist.  Natural pregnancy in the late 40's and beyond is very rare.  So, seek fertility help and we'll keep our fingers crossed.
413852 tn?1317312312
Hi Janet...

Although the "stats" say "low", anything is possible. Check the web & definitely check here through out MedHelp. Also, it might be encouraging for you to join the "Group" TTC 40 (Trying To Conceal) 40+. Make sure to check out the Post...Roll Call. ;o) Also, I know for sure there was a woman that was on this Forum named Susan...not sure if she is still on board, but she was 50 & carried for 8 mos. Unfortunately she lost her babygirl @ 8 mos.

A friend of mine works in a hospital in N.C. & told me about a Young Lady there who had a healthy babygirl @ age 50...conceived totally naturally...she was not trying to conceive. ;o)

I just read a post by a young lady from UK that shared a post titled: "Ladies not feeling like a spring chicken lately." I haven't read it, but it looked llike it was going to be an interesting ready...hopefully it will hold some encouragement for you.

1742674 tn?1311134056
I am 46 1/2 years old and 4.5 weeks pregnant.  I know that I have a long way to go and understand the complications that may arise but conceiving naturally, going to full term, and delivering a healthy baby at our age is possible and has been happening for generations.

I continue to read many positive stories about healthy babies being born to older woman and 1% out of millions of woman trying to conceive is better than 0%. Twelve months ago, I was pregnant for the first time and had a miscarriage at nine weeks but this year have taken better care of my health in preparing for the pregnancy.

I wish you and everyone trying to have a child over 40 much luck and happiness.

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I became pregnant at 47 and held the baby until 3 months plus, then for some reason lost it. I think  I lost it because my husband was so against it that I was full of stress. I think he was happy that I lost the baby. I do think that if not for his behavior, I would have been fine. I had already had two perfect pregnancies prior to that. Don not give up hope. My grandmother, years ago had a baby at 40 when it was almost unheard of, and she was just perfect. Good Luck.
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I gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby girl conceived naturally at age 47.  No major problems and a very normal pregnancy......other than being under the very watchful eye of my ob/gyn.  That 1% means it can happen.  I'm living proof.  
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Hi, there!
How are you, what is your news? Hope you are pregnant already.If not, good luck!!! Lots of love and hugs to you.
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It's march 2014, and I'm reading these post from the past wondering how did things turn out for you? I just found out I am pregnant, just about to turn 47 in 2 weeks! I'm about 3 or 4 weeks pregnant. It was unexpected and naturally conceived! So I am trying to absorb as much info as possible!!
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My mom had my sister at 45. Totally natural conception.  Great pregnancy, healthy baby girl, she's 18 now. Good luck!
17793684 tn?1460160452
I'm almost 47 and just found out I am expecting. I also have high blood pressure (heredity, not due to my weight) I am absolutely terrified. I don't know whether to feel blessed or not.....abortion is not an option, I believe that this is happening for a reason. My husband and I have a 23 year old, a 12 year old and an 8 year old PLUS a 3 year old grandbaby! It almost seems ludacris, LOL

Arwynns Mommy
Can you please tell me the outcome of your pregnancy? Thanks
Could you please inform us with the result..?
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I am 46, will be 47 in August and I jut found out that I am pregnant, almost 5 weeks.  I also have high blood pressure.  This is a natural pregnancy and I was caught completely off guard when my doctor told me.  I was scheduled for surgery and right before, they told me I was pregnant.  I am also in shock and scared that something will happen to the baby.

I have a doctor appt tomorrow to check my HCG levels and again for Monday to check my levels.  The doctor said that the levels should double every 48 - 72 hours.  Prayers please that this is a healthy pregnancy.  I have one son, 25 years old and am a grandmother to a 6 month old baby.

My husband is in shock as well, but we are taking it one day at a time since it is so early anything can happen.
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I know a lady who was 45 when she got pregnant with her last son. Healthy baby boy who is now 17 years old!

I think you should go ahead and try with your own eggs. The human body is amazing. Why not?

Good luck and best wishes to all of you.

(My mom was 40 when pregnant with me and they tried to get her to have an abortion because the baby would most certainly be retarded because she was so 'old' as they said...and I'm glad she didn't listen because I am here today...i was a perfectly healthy baby)
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Kimberly, I just now found this site as i am interested in this for myself, 47. It's been years now since your post and I wonder if you'd share what the outcome was?
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I’am 11 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child at 47 and I conceived naturally it was a shock but it is obviously possible. I did not do anything different prior to becoming pregnant as far as eating different or exercising as I didn’t think getting pregnant was possible at my age but I’m here to tell you it’s possible.
961574 tn?1520651703
i agree with the doctor, chances are very slim, unfortunately.  i think the oldest i have seen on here was 44.  not impossible, just unlikely.
My husband and I used donor embryos, and now have 5 year old twins, and just last weekend we both said if we could go back and have genetic children, we would wouldn't change a thing.  not 1 regret here. :)
i was 45 when i delivered
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47 and I;m 5 weeks pregnant yes you can get pregnant at 47
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7 weeks pregnant today!!! I'm almost 46 and my new husband and I have been trying naturally for almost 4 years. He doesn't have any children and was told he couldn't have kids. I have a 16 & 18 year old. I thought I was going through perimenopause for a few years so this is a bit of a surprise. I also have Lyme disease so I cut out sugar, dairy and gluten and I'm pretty health conscious, good weight, don't exercise, but Im active and garden, etc., drink lots of water, I'm happy and have a good support system in my friends and church. We are scared of older mom complications but doing our best to stay positive. Best of luck and prayers.
congratulations.  That's sure exciting!!  Keep us updated with how you are doing!
Could you please leave a message with the outcome..? Thanks
EbA1, welcome to the forum!  Are you trying to conceive or newly pregnant?  :>))
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Hi i know my sister had her #2 baby@51 also knows an lady had twins 55(her oldest children was in their 30s she did just fine and the babies grew better than ever,chrissy and terry is the twins names ones an boy others an girl,
My doctor always says it -can- be a possibility and recommends birth control into the 50's but you really don't hear of this happening naturally often.  I had my kiddos late and got them in right before I turned 40 and it was hard on my body.  It's got to be hard on someone over 50!  But it is always a blessing and exciting to hear.  Women do seem to have babies later and later these days!
Hi there, hope you come back and tell me how it's going and if you got that positive test!!!  
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Hi, I know this is the late post of mine. But still I believe it might help someone. I've recently read this article and decided to share for more opinions. ##
''***Center for Human Reproduction offers patients who are above 40 and for those, who suffer from low levels of AMH, an innovative program that makes it possible to get pregnant with their own eggs. Mitochondria replacement therapy is an innovation and a breakthrough in the field of ART and the fertility treatment. This program gives women, who underwent numerous unsuccessful IVF cycles, aged 40+, patients with low mitochondrial functional activity, an excellent chance to give birth to a child who shares a genetic relationship with her and her partner. How is this possible? Mitochondrion is one of the most important components of any living cell, including the egg. In simple words, mitochondrion is the cell’s energy station. Essentially, its work consists in supplying the cell with vital energy for its normal functioning.
Women that went through multiple unsuccessful IVF attempts, as well as of older reproductive age, need to restore oocyte mitochondria in order to successfully become pregnant. A woman can become pregnant only if there are functionally active mitochondria in her oocytes. Donation of mitochondria will allow thousands of hopeless women to give birth to a healthy child through IVF using mitochondrial donation.
To carry out such a procedure, an egg donor with a high functional activity of mitochondria, a patient, and sperm for in vitro fertilization are required. Healthy functionally active mitochondria are taken from a donor’s oocyte and integrated with the patient’s cells. Next, fertilization with sperm and transfer of a healthy embryo into the patient’s uterus is performed. Mitochondria donation is a unique assistive reproductive technology, which is basically the implantation of a healthy and functionally active donor mitochondria into the cells of an infertile patient, that provides the patient’s cell with the necessary energy and contributes to successful pregnancy.''
Mitochondria do have a tiny bit of DNA but it is just used for making energy. The egg donor would contribute the DNA that is in the nucleus (the genome). This would have the genetics for eye color, height, personality, etc. etc. When we think of someone being genetically related, it’s the nuclear genome that we are thinking of, not the mitochondrial DNA. Do the embryo would be yours at least in the way we usually think about it. This approach is based on the idea that aging/poor eggs might not be genetically damaged but might be more out of steam/energy. Some results suggest that adding “fresh” mitochondria could rejuvenate eggs and help them to succeed.
Sounds impressive, doesn't it?
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