An Australian woman has set a national record by having her first baby without IVF at the age of 50. Her chances of conceiving naturally were about “one-in-several-million.”
At first Anthea Nicholas chalked the nausea of morning sickness up to side-effects of menopause. Her first reaction when she found out she was pregnant, she told Australian Women’s Weekly, was fear of being ostracized for being an older mother.
She also worried about the outcome: “I knew the odds for us would be horrendous. I had massive fear, there’s no other word for it.” At the age of 49 the risk of overall chromosomal abnormalities is about 1-7. The rate of miscarriage is over 70%.
But the baby was born completely health and is now five weeks old. Nicholas’ obstetrician, Dr Andrew Cary called the birth “a miracle,” According the The Age, she had a condition that would make pregnancy and delivery difficult in a woman of any age. (I’m not sure what it was though.)
Last week, 53 year-old TV personality Ramona Singer interpreted a missed period and swollen breasts as a possible pregnancy. Remarkably, she and some of her friends didn’t mention menopause. Maybe this is due to their
serious denial about aging incredibly youthful attitude.
Congratulations Anthea Nicholas! Pregnancy at 50 may be highly unusual, but it’s a cause for celebration. I hope you’re welcomed at the playgrounds of Northern Australia with open arms.
photo: Australian Woman’s Weekly