There’s been a lot of discussion about women choosing to become mothers later in life, but most of those arguments have centered around whether it’s morally right for a woman past her fertile years to defy nature and get IVF because she focused on her career during her twenties and thirties, or whatever the reason.
But getting naturally pregnant at the age of 53? Wowzers.
Yet, it’s true. As the Independent.ie reports, just when she thought the only babies she’d be dealing with would be her two granddaughters, Debbie Hughes found out she was pregnant at the age of 53. That’s despite being on the Pill.
Hughes told ITV’s Daybreak: “I didn’t think it was possible. Not at my age, not at all.”
In fact, she thought it so unlikely she didn’t even realize she was pregnant until she was five months along and her family, including partner Paul Clark, 45, began teasing her about gaining weight.
“I thought I was throwing my money away doing a test as I couldn’t possibly be pregnant, but when it showed positive I couldn’t believe it…I’d had to put my reading glasses on to read the result, and I was so incredibly shocked. I went out and bought another three tests to make sure.”
Hughes has since given birth to a baby boy, Kyle, who is seven months old and fully healthy. Kyle is the little brother of Hughes’ first two sons, Mark, 26, Brandon, 11 and daughter, Hayley, who passed away at 17. As mentioned, Hughes is also a grandmother to two girls both older than their baby uncle Kyle.
Hughes says that, despite all the talk about older parents not having as much energy for their children, she feels no different than she did with her first two kids.
“I don’t feel any different than I did when I was younger. You’re just as tired as when you’re 20-something as when you’re 50-something”. She says the magic of motherhood is the same now as then as well. “It was amazing to hold him in my arms afterwards, and I felt the same rush of love that I had felt with my other children.”
Although she says she loves being a mom again, as you can probably imagine, this is definitely Hughes’ last baby.