Jump to content

Pregnant at 42
Having a child later on in life

  • Please log in to reply
18 replies to this topic

#1 Anita42

Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:16 PM

So I just found Out I am pregnant, wow at 42! My eldest is 19 and dating! and my son is 16, I trully believe in miricles and God has really done a big one for me. My question is there any other mums my age bracket who is experiancing a pregnancy in later life, I really need some encouragement here, (my husband is elated) biggrin.gif

#2 Lim Lam

Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:23 PM

Wow !!! Congratulations

#3 Bibendum

Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:23 PM

I don't belong in this section - I'm due in July - but am also 42, with an 8-year-old son, and pregnant.  There is an area for older mums if you'd like to read the experiences of others in similar circumstances.  

Congratulations and best of luck with your pregnancy!

#4 FeralSis

Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:26 PM

No advice but congrats!

I am 36, DH is 37.

We have a 14, 12 and 8 year old and had a bonus baby in November.

Love it!

You will be fine. Enjoy...

#5 cathstash

Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:26 PM

congratulation a baby is always good news.
i was 41 when i had dear son through ivf. it was our first ivf attempt and we only consider ourselves extremely lucky. ds will be 1 in april and i thought we'd be happy with one miracle but i truely wanted another. so we went through the whole process again  but have had two unsuccessful transfers sad.gif we'd love to try again but money is an issue at the moment. our fs has given us a cut off age of 46 but i wouldn't want to be pregnant much older than 42/43.
i hope your journey is a safe and happy one biggrin.gif

#6 kez71

Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:35 PM

I 40 and pregnant with our first. Im due Nov 1st! Congrats!!

#7 More cheese Gromit

Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:35 PM

Congratulations! I'm sitting here feeding my surprise baby who is 10 weeks old! I'm 42and have a 24 and 17 year old! I honestly didn't find the pregnancy to be hard, and I worked right up til I had baby, I'm on my feet for my entire shift, so did have sore feet by the end of the day

I had horrible Morning sickness that had me in hospital on a drip three times and on medication til about 18 weeks, but I had the same with my first two

The birth was quick and straight forward, if there is anything I can help you with you can send me a message and I'll be more than happy to help anyway I can.

If you're anywhere near me I'm happy to catch up for a chat

#8 Natttmumm

Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:36 PM

Congrats wow exciting news

#9 Super Cat

Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:46 PM

Congratulations!! I don't belong here either but had my last baby at 40. You'll love being an 'older' Mum. We're so much more relaxed and experienced original.gif

#10 Lisy-lis

Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:09 PM

First of all  -  Congratulations!!

I don't belong here, but I was a first time mum at 44.  My baby girl was conceived naturally which was a big surprise for me, my DH and our IVF clinic - my pregnancy was confirmed at the first appointment.

For the last 10 years or so I had come to believe I would never marry or have a baby.

I have never known such contentment.

I think the *relaxed* bit is because we know just how quickly time passes -   I was an adult in the mid-80s - so I don't worry about what doesn't get done today if I'm too busy holding the baby, or swimming with the baby, or sleeping with the baby  biggrin.gif

#11 Guest_V's mummy_*

Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:33 PM

I've got no advice but congratulations!!!!

#12 kpingitquiet

Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:45 PM

Another non-group-member but I wanted to tell you, my great-grandma was a working mother of two teenagers when she became pregnant at 39 (in the 1940s) and I imagine she flipped out a fair bit biggrin.gif My great-aunt, the product of that pregnancy, is far and away my favorite relative and she is extremely close with my grandma (13yr gap sisters) and adored her parents. My great-grandma lived til just past her 95th birthday and saw all her grandkids grow up and was there for the childhoods (and adulthood, for me!) of most of her great-grands. That's a pretty good run, I'd say original.gif You'll be fine and fantastic. Best wishes to you and all your fellow DIG members. This was my group 2 years ago biggrin.gif

#13 digitaldorothy

Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:15 PM

Hi everyone

Just found out I'm pregant last week.  Not sure whether due November or December yet so have posted in both groups until I get my scan on Tuesday!

I am 37, DP is 44 - this is my first pregnancy.  Unplanned but very much wanted.  Due to my age I am freaking out a bit - it seems that everywhere I look I see stories about miscarriages and issues/problems.  Trying to stay positive, but it's really hard!

#14 BulaFiji

Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:38 PM

Congratulations more and more ladies are giving birth at a later age, so you are not alone and its very common.  You will be fine.  My sister had her first via ivf at 40 and her 2nd at 43.  I love my nephews they are now 5 and 2 and my sister is coping well.  I have to say that a few times people would ask her if she was the grandmother but she took it well.  

digitaldortothy - Im 38 and pregnant for the first time due 8 Nov.  Congratulations to you on just becoming pregnant.  Please dont panic and worry about miscarriages and problems.  Why is it us ladies think about the worse case scenario?  Stop reading about all those things as too much information will only give you a headache and make you feel worse.  God has given us a gift and we are all very lucky to get pregnant at our age. You were saying it happened unplanned, sometimes when we dont stress about things they happen.  Things dont often turn out the way we plan, I was married and thought that my marriage would last forever and that we would have a family after lots of trying but unfortunatley that didnt happen.  I later found a special guy and we tried for 2 years then we decided to give it a break for 2 months with a view to try IVF and then when the month that I didnt track my cycle and didnt stress out about it, I conceived on valentines day which was a great suprise.  Once you have your first scan it will put your mind at ease.

#15 Mummy Duck

Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:54 PM

Congratulations and Im another one!

bs 13yo - surprise pregnancy
bd2yo - 9 yes 9 cycles of IVF

at this point we thought we had no chance of natural conception. Im now 8 months pregnant and will be 40 next month.

Its exciting!

#16 mum-of-10

Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:57 PM

Congrats, how exciting! I'm 45 and pregnant with #11. I'm also a grandma. I don't belong in this group though as I'm due in August. Just wanted to say congrats and hope you enjoy your pregnancy  original.gif .

#17 chloe69

Posted 13 May 2012 - 01:14 PM

Hi AnitaI'm 43 and am looking forward to the safe arrival of healthy baby #2 in November 2012.Congratulations on your "miracle" pregnancy!

#18 l-m-n-o-p

Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:33 PM

Hi Anita42

I haven't officially joined this DIG, but I have been checking in every now and then.
I am 41 and my second baby is due in November (I had my first at 40).

Sometimes I feel very old and wonder how I will cope with two under two, but I survived my first trimester (with its crippling fatigue and nausea) while still managing to keep my toddler (moderately) entertained and am hopeful for the rest of the pregnancy (and beyond).

Congratulations and here's to smooth sailing!

#19 LouwithTwo

Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:53 PM

I'm 24, expecting my second...

My Mother's Group (being from a tiny country town) has about 10 mother's in it -- all around the age of 40 (with the exception of myself and another 31 year old.).

They are all fabulous with their little ones, and we all sit around like there isn't a day age gap between us.

You can be a "new mum" at whatever age.... even with grown up kids!

Enjoy and congrats!!!!

2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users


How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

The Bugaboo by Diesel Denim launch

Essential Baby attended the launch and it got messy!

Father's letter to Bataclan terrorists

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

Adele's new song to sing along to

Singer follows up success of Hello with new belting ballad When We Were Young.

Major retailers restrict formula sales

Coles and Woolworths have imposed tighter buying bans on baby formula amid a shortage blamed on Chinese consumers.

Three-year-old breaks family's news

If you are three-years-old and an only child, then news doesn't get much bigger than this.

Swapped babies stay with families

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

How life is different with three kids

I knew having a third child would alter our lives, but it's had so many impacts - both tiny and enormous.


What's hot on EB

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Beautiful 'now and then' images of premature babies

They are stunning photos that the parents of these beautiful no doubt feared they may never see.

Physios warn pregnant women not to crunch like Michelle Bridges

Experts are urging pregnant women not to do exactly as Michelle Bridges does when exercising, or they risk developing rectus abdominus diastasis.

Penny-pinching supermarket shoppers switching in droves

Half of Australia thinks it can get cheaper groceries by switching supermarkets, and about one in four of us have already switched.

Baby breastfed by wrong mother after hospital mix up

A newborn baby has been breastfed by a stranger after a NSW hospital bungled the identities of two newborns, devastating one mother and potentially exposing the newborn to health risks.

Nurses invent skin to skin c-section drape

The determination of three US nurses to provide immediate skin to skin contact to mothers delivering their babies by caesarean section has led to the invention of a unique surgical drape.

Baby's first photo shoot features a special guest

You can always be sure of a few things not entirely going to plan during a newborn shoot – little accidents are almost par for the course – but this shoot was memorable for a whole other reason.

We are not the family you think we are, I promise

Kids have a way of presenting a completely inaccurate impression of you, as parents, and as a family.

The hidden harm of foetal alcohol syndrome disorder

Experts believe many children diagnosed with ADHD might actually have FASD and that the number of people suffering from the condition across the country could be as high as 500,000.

Anaesthetist facing charges after ignoring woman's pain during caesarean

An anaesthetist could be punished after telling a woman enduring an "excruciating" painful C-section that she was not actually in pain.

When your baby starts life in NICU

Our daughters are finally home after spending nearly four weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Wellington hospital.

How to save for a deposit while renting

As hard as it sounds, it is possible to save money when you rent, and certain things can be done to build a deposit faster.

Medications pregnant women should take, avoid, and think about

There are actually very few medications that must be absolutely avoided during pregnancy.

Paid parental leave uncertainty a growing concern

Eight months out from the due date of the government's PPL cut, some expectant parents are facing an uncertain time.

7 commandments of using the internet as a parent

What you need is careful, objective and repeatable science. Not anecdotes or old wives' tales, but data.

A rethink on screen ban for kids under two

With new guidelines being developed, the discouragement of use below two years of age is being revised.

10 things I want my wife to know

It's on those crazy days that I must remember to stop and let her know some things she needs to hear.

Better education about SIDS needed as deaths plateau

The number of sudden and unexpected deaths in infancy has decreased in NSW for the past 15 years but the most recent report into child deaths reveals the decline has plateaued.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.