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Surprise pregnancy at 41

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 0 comments

Claire Hegarty, 44 and her son, CiaránThere was a time when mom-blogger Claire Hegarty from Dublin, Ireland — who had a surprise pregnancy at 41 — thought motherhood meant being trapped while the father “got off scot free.”

“I didn’t feel I wanted children for a long time,” says Hegarty, who is now 44 and mother to 2-year-old son, Ciarán.

“It may sound selfish to some, but I was terrified—I equated having children with being trapped and felt the whole process was humiliating for a woman,” she continues.

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Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy
-- Pregnancy books on the market have one of two audiences- the teen with an unplanned pregnancy or the adult with a planned and chosen one. Nowhere is there a book for the almost 3 million adult women facing surprise pregnancy every year.
Surprise Motherhood is aimed directly at that gap, telling the stories of Ophelia and other women who have faced unplanned pregnancy as adult, professional women. With extensive information about options, paternity, career issues, postpartum depression, finances, and more, Surprise Motherhood is the only reference of its kind, and is sure to be an invaluable reader resource.

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You Can Get Pregnant in Your 40's - Sharing articles, discussing options & suggestions
Stories of Pregnancy and Birth over 44 years old - sharing news stories I find online, for inspiration!



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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