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Real reason for a pregnant pause

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, August 03, 2018 | 0 comments

Image: Tracey Parsons, pregnant at 40
My life is about my daughter now and I love it, says Tracey Parsons, 41,
pictured with 14-month-old Charlotte / © Clara Molden
Few women who delay having babies are career-mad singletons, says Lucy Atkins

Celebrity mothers such as Marcia Cross, the 45-year-old star of Desperate Housewives who last year gave birth to twins, may live in a rarefied world of hi-tech fertility treatments and round-the-clock nannies, but they are hardly alone in their desire to foil the biological clock.

New Government figures show a steep rise in the number of British women having babies in their 40s.

Conceptions in this age group are rising faster than in any other demographic, despite doctors' grim warnings about the increased risk of anything from miscarriage, maternal diabetes and caesarean sections to stillbirth and Downs Syndrome.

It all sounds distinctly alarming. So why are we leaving motherhood so late?

The stereotyped first-time mother in her 40s is a well-heeled singleton who has put breeding on hold in order to achieve world domination on the career front. This turns out to be spurious.

Lindsey Harris, creator of the website, says: In my experience, postponing motherhood has nothing to do with careers and everything to do with waiting for Mr Right.

A website survey of more than 2,000 women found a lack of a suitable partner earlier on was the main reason women waited until the 11th hour to have a baby.

Read more: Real reason for a pregnant pause

Image: Zita West's Guide to Getting Pregnant, by Zita West. Publisher: Thorsons Publishers (August 1, 2005)Zita West's Guide to Getting Pregnant
by Zita West

-- A pioneer in the field of fertility, Zita West's programme is invaluable for couples trying to conceive.

Harley Street's most popular fertility expert and favorite consultant to celebrity clients guide the reader through a process of vital physical and mental preparation.

The book is for every couple trying to conceive and has fascinating advice taken from Zita's 20 years of experience as a midwife and 7 years as an acupuncturist.

It provides a structured, easy-to-follow step-by-step programme, complete with case studies and enormously detailed questionnaire.

The guide includes details on:
• when and how often to have sex
• what can prevent fertilization and conception
• everything you need to know about sperm and ovulation
• nutrition, supplements, and herbs
• complementary therapies such as acupressure, lymphatic massage, and hypnotherapy
• how to overcome stress and other emotional blocks to pregnancy
• PCOS, endometriosis and other health issues
• tests and procedures if there is a problem
• and much much more.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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