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Older mothers: late bloomers

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, March 23, 2009 | 1 comments

Some Mothers Do Have Them - Zoe Whishaw, 44, Katy Arnander, 41, Pippa Savage, 45  Photo- ANDREW CROWLEY

Many women in their forties are realising their dreams of motherhood.

Clutching her exposed belly, where a small tattoo hints at her racy, child-free past, the expectant fortysomething mother lies on the doctor's couch, frown lines forming. ''Is the baby OK?'' Suddenly the room goes quiet as Professor Kypros Nicolaides, a legendary figure in the world of prenatal surgery, whirls through the door in a fireball of Greek Cypriot charisma. ''Heart, bladder, spleen, all perfect,'' he says, as he performs an ultrasound scan. ''Now stop behaving like someone in a Greek tragedy. Next question!''

According to Professor Nicolaides, the number of women having children late in life isn't just rising, it's an ''epidemic''. Today, in his private Harley Street clinic, many of his patients are in their late thirties and early forties. ''In 1970, five per cent of pregnant women were over 35, but in most European countries the figure is now 20 to 25 per cent,'' he says.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    I just went through 3 unsuccessful Clomid, Trigger Shot, IUIs. All my blood work numbers were great....well, I bought an electronic ovulation monitor (peeing on sticks sounded like too much work) and after ONE MONTH, I'm 5 weeks pregnant at 45. I had my only other hcild at 38....

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