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What's the story with . . . Older mums?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, February 06, 2018 | 1 comments

Image: MINOR BUMP: Robert Boyle with Nicole Kidman at the OscarsOne of the reasons for the current preoccupation with Nicole Kidman's growing baby bump, so obvious at the Oscars, could be that it's tangible proof of the fastest-growing trend in the western world: being pregnant in one's forties.

More middle-aged women than ever before are swapping motherhood for the menopause, which can occur any time between 40 and 55.

And while the 41-year-old Ms Kidman is certainly not the first celebrity to look forward to motherhood in her final decade of fertility - Madonna had Rocco just before her 42nd birthday, Jane Seymour had twins at 44 and Scots actress Sharon Small is currently pregnant at 41 - the state of late expectancy is not restricted to the rich and famous.

It appears that the hoi polloi is also having it all.

According to the Office for National Statistics this week, a staggering 25,400 over-40s in England and Wales became pregnant in 2006, 6.4% more than in 2005 and 109% more than 1991.

In Scotland, figures from the General Register Office for 2006 show the number to be slightly lower at 1833, but this is nonetheless significant because it represents a three-fold increase from the 593 deliveries to fortysomething mothers 30 years previously.

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by Sandy Robertson

-- After years of infertility and failed fertility treatments, Sandy Robertson developed an all-natural pregnancy protocol leading to the birth of her daughter at the age of 44.

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- Increased pelvic circulation

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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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  1. Anonymous says:

    Women are more likely than men to suffer from depression, especially during their reproductive years. Rates of depression are higher where stressful circumstances exist such as poverty, lack of education, sexual inequality, poor social support and in pregnancy. Single and adolescent pregnant women are especially at risk.

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