to ask how old you were when you had your youngest child?

(148 Posts)
mum2bubble Fri 15-Mar-13 16:48:40

hoping for some encouraging tales of successful pregnancies from the over 40s out there

Phosphene Fri 15-Mar-13 16:50:31

My friend conceived twins naturally when she was 46. They were her first children, she had an amazing pregnancy and although she had a C-section (common with twins in Belgium) the birth was okay too.

Eebahgum Fri 15-Mar-13 16:50:40

34. Sorry - not quite old enough it seems.

TobyLerone Fri 15-Mar-13 16:51:38

23. I'm now 35 and TTC, so getting on a bit grin

Costypop Fri 15-Mar-13 16:51:44

18! The shame! But it's worked out for the best one ds aged 8 now. Though I do want another child before I'm 30

Pagwatch Fri 15-Mar-13 16:52:52

40 - very early 41.

We decided to try for our last child and I became pregnant almost immediately. Easy, straightforward pregnancy. Fast birth. No problems.
She is 10. Best thing I ever did.

mum47 Fri 15-Mar-13 16:53:13

I was 38 (eleven years ago, considered positively ancient) - there seem to be an increasing number of woman having children in their 40's, and all being and going well, more power to them.

Pagwatch Fri 15-Mar-13 16:53:28

Very nearly 41

WestieMamma Fri 15-Mar-13 16:53:49

I will be 41 when this little one arrives in a few weeks.

FriendlyLadybird Fri 15-Mar-13 16:54:34


Six-year gap because we were renovating a house and DH didn't think he wanted another child. He then changed his mind.

Luckily I got pregnant easily, had a great pregnancy and natural birth, all midwife-directed.

Does that count?

BikeRunSki Fri 15-Mar-13 16:55:11

40, but exactly 3 weeks before my 41st birthday.

pixi2 Fri 15-Mar-13 16:57:53

I'm hoping I'm not done yet. I have 2 so far. DH has agreed to another if I can magic a million pounds into our bank or savings account.

Foxeym Fri 15-Mar-13 16:59:21

I'll be 42 when dc3 is born, conceived after 2 months. Already have dd1 14 and dd2 12 :-0

LadyPessaryPam Fri 15-Mar-13 16:59:56


CwtchesAndCuddles Fri 15-Mar-13 17:00:45


MoonHare Fri 15-Mar-13 17:02:06

39, problem free pregnancy, labour and birth.

motherinferior Fri 15-Mar-13 17:03:30

Gave birth to DD2 19 days after my 40th birthday. Took around six months to conceive. Very easy home waterbirth.

mum2bubble Fri 15-Mar-13 17:04:51

Phosphene your answer gives me most hope so far (and fear! twins, oh my)
congrats WestieMamma smile
FriendlyLadybird oh yes, that counts smile

cleofatra Fri 15-Mar-13 17:05:43

First and last at 39

TheElephantIsADaintyBird Fri 15-Mar-13 17:06:07

I was 21 but I know 2 women who are 40+ and having their first babies, they seem to be having healthy pregnancies so far as well.

Mintyy Fri 15-Mar-13 17:06:28

I had my youngest two weeks before my 41st birthday.

lirael Fri 15-Mar-13 17:07:37

42 -and the birth was a walk in the park compared to DS1

Champagnecharleyismyname Fri 15-Mar-13 17:09:01

I was 39, easy pregnancy and birth. She is a 4 year old minx now!

Ashoething Fri 15-Mar-13 17:10:31

33-but I have 2 friends who only started their families in their 40's. 1 now has 2 kids and the other 3 and is still trying for another at 46 so dont give up hope!

MewlingQuim Fri 15-Mar-13 17:11:27

DD was born when I was 39 and I am ttc DC2 so I will be watching this thread!

A friend of mine has just had her third child at 45.

Owllady Fri 15-Mar-13 17:11:40

but I really don't think I am normal
I had them at 22, 23 and 29. I 35 and have been married for 15yrs

see not typical!

Shortbutsosweet Fri 15-Mar-13 17:12:03

One and only at 41, pregnancy was fairly good, went on holiday at 14 weeks pregnant to Barbados (had booked pre pregnancy).
Normal delivery in a birth centre.

DukeSilver Fri 15-Mar-13 17:14:40

I was 23 but I know of quite a lot of pregnancies conceived after 40. One of my friends had her youngest at 41 and her next one at 44, another had her youngest at 41 and my granny had 3 children past her 40th birthday.

TheSmallPrint Fri 15-Mar-13 17:15:54

37. My SIL has just had one mid 40s though.

BalloonSlayer Fri 15-Mar-13 17:16:15


Both my maternal great-grandmothers (my Mum's grannies) had babies at 48!

My great Aunt (by marriage) had a surprise pregnancy resulting in a baby at 49. Mind you, it did get into the papers. grin

I was 26 when I had my youngest (and 23 when I had my first)

mum2bubble Fri 15-Mar-13 17:17:26

Owllady you sound perfectly normal to me - just very fortunate to have met the right person at a nice young age smile

zaphod Fri 15-Mar-13 17:18:10


Bowlersarm Fri 15-Mar-13 17:19:01


Very good friend had her one and only at 45

larry5 Fri 15-Mar-13 17:19:13

I had my dd when I was 40 took 3 months trying to get pregnant. I had two ds
18 and 15 when she was born.

BackforGood Fri 15-Mar-13 17:19:54

37, so not much help to you I'm afraid, but I recently found out one of the girls I was at school with had her first at 46, if that helps ? grin

mum2bubble Fri 15-Mar-13 17:19:59

Wow BalloonSlayer not 1, but 2 super fertile great grannies grin

Awitchwithoutchips Fri 15-Mar-13 17:23:34

Had my last (twins) at 43, naturally conceived. Wine accident!

baskingseals Fri 15-Mar-13 17:26:15

i was 41.

the birth was amazing. honestly. pregnancy not too bad either.

poweredbytoast Fri 15-Mar-13 17:26:20

I had mine at 38, 39 & 40, just before my 41st.

MoodyDidIt Fri 15-Mar-13 17:26:43

26 dc1

29 dc2

and newly PG at 33 with DC3

theres loads and loads of positive stories on here and elsewhere about mums successfully conceiving later then "usual" so good luck and don't stress x

leedy Fri 15-Mar-13 17:28:11


SashaSashays Fri 15-Mar-13 17:30:36

19 was my oldest DC
34 was my youngest DC.

5 DC in total.

36 I became a GRANDMOTHER shock

I didn't ever want to have DC over 35, but I'm 40 now and I'm pretty sure I could easily conceive if DH and I tried it so I'm sure you'll be fine.

lljkk Fri 15-Mar-13 17:30:51

40. Easiest, not that any were truly easy!

Absolutelylost Fri 15-Mar-13 17:31:31

42 when I had my youngest one - she's 5 and a joy! X

BabsAndTheRu Fri 15-Mar-13 17:34:10

36- DS1
38- DS2
40- DD

TraineeBabyCatcher Fri 15-Mar-13 17:40:34

Ahem, 15, he's my one and only.

My mum had my youngest at 40 with no problems.

curiousgeorgie Fri 15-Mar-13 17:43:18

27 for DD, 30 now and expecting DC2...
My mum had e of my brothers at 41 with no problems at all smile

nokidshere Fri 15-Mar-13 17:47:55

I had my first at 39 and my second at 41. Both conceived naturally after 15yrs ttc. Both straightforward pregnancies and births. Good luck

biryani Fri 15-Mar-13 17:50:34

42. But one and only. She was born 11 weeks premature, by emergency C section, after a mainly trouble-free pregnancy. I didn't feel particularly old but I sometimes think I have an old-fashioned attitude to parenting compared to some.

cece Fri 15-Mar-13 17:51:22


outtolunchagain Fri 15-Mar-13 17:54:13


AThingInYourLife Fri 15-Mar-13 17:56:35


Not sure whether I'm done.

DD3 is only 8 months old, so I still have a baby

NightmareSpoon Fri 15-Mar-13 17:57:30


We started trying for number 2 when I was 32 and we're still trying nearly 5 years later sad
I'm just about to start my 3rd and final round of IVF.

insancerre Fri 15-Mar-13 17:59:32

29 and 1/2 (didn't want to be over 30 as I considered that too old to have a baby)

Fakebook Fri 15-Mar-13 17:59:39

Fingers crossed, I shall be 30 when #3 is born, if everything goes smoothly and to plan.

pansyflimflam Fri 15-Mar-13 18:03:30

I was 42 when I had my 5th, my best friend is expecting baby no. 3 and she is 43!

Montypig Fri 15-Mar-13 18:07:50

42 - dc no 3 - 5,2 and 6m

No 1 was ivf after 8 yrs treatment
No2 was month after another ivf following hyper stim
No3 was after 6 m of red wine and rather a surprise !smile

All blessedly healthy - I am knackered however grin

scarlettsmummy2 Fri 15-Mar-13 18:09:31

I was 31 when I had second baby,but there are quite a few mums in my daughters nursery class who had babies in their forties.

TheKelda Fri 15-Mar-13 18:10:21

39. Tiring pregnancy, very easy birth and recovery.

EricNorthmanIsMyMaker Fri 15-Mar-13 18:10:36

Ds2 was born 10 weeks before my 40th

SoWhatIfImWorkingClass Fri 15-Mar-13 18:13:13

23. I had him 2 weeks ago. 21 when I had my first.

Dededum Fri 15-Mar-13 18:14:35

Friend has had her 4th at 45.

archibaldmonkeyface Fri 15-Mar-13 18:16:27

First at 38, nearly 39 and second at 40, almost 41. Both natural conception after about 3 - 4 months ttc. Both complicated pregnancies (for different reasons) but problems not necessarily due to age and both c-sections, first emcs and second elcs.

Varya Fri 15-Mar-13 18:17:09

23 when I had my twins - natural birth.

Springsister Fri 15-Mar-13 18:18:29

Dc2 was born when i was 42. Conceived naturally after unsuccessful ivf cycle. We were given an 8% chance of this happening.

firesidechat Fri 15-Mar-13 18:18:49

Had youngest on my 24th birthday. Can't remember what other presents I got that day.

firesidechat Fri 15-Mar-13 18:20:06

Sorry, that should say eldest.

Youngest, I was 25.

Andcake Fri 15-Mar-13 18:21:34

40 1/2 after 3 yrs of trying (Diagnosis of low ovarian reserve low amh etc) and 2 miscarriages. V easy trouble free pregnancy - c section as breech! Would love love love another but counting my blessings and coping with a 6 mo :-)

thegreylady Fri 15-Mar-13 18:23:13

I was 30 and dd was 34 when our yougest were born.However my lovely friend was 42 and 46 when she had her sons-she was a single mum too.They are both grown up now-she is 76!

apismalifica Fri 15-Mar-13 18:23:18

Had my first at 41 and then another (natural conception aka accident) at 45. Both births were induced, the first because I had pre-eclampsia and second time because they thought I might get it again. Was told I needed an epidural and refused both times. I did have some conflict with a bad tempered doctor for the second birth, she said she would now get the epidural set up, I said no thanks, and she was really annoyed and told me to remember it was my choice and not to bother to beg her to come back when I was screaming in agony later shock). Both times I had gas and air and no problemssmile. Breast fed them exclusively until 6 months and on demand until they were over 2 and they lost interest.

Nobody ever had the nerve to ask about my age back when they were babies. I lived in a lively part of London with a broad mix of people. Two of my best mates also had kids in their 40's so it was a great time. However, once I moved to the commuter belt when my second was still quite small many of the local Mums in the area were rather more small minded and treated me like a freak and excluded me from a lot of the local mum and baby stuff going on - as I already had loads of friends it was not a problem for me personally but my younger child still has issues with some of his friends Mothers not accepting him because we don't fit into their rather narrow social set! These days I'm almost 60 with a bouncy 14 yr old and have great fun - and financially it has been much less stressful than it would have been if we had started a family earlier in life.

wigglesrock Fri 15-Mar-13 18:23:33

37. I had all 3 of my children in my 30s

ChristmasJubilee Fri 15-Mar-13 18:23:42


Cavort Fri 15-Mar-13 18:28:22

I am pregnant with PFB and will be 35 when she arrives.

You 40+ ladies are a real inspiration that maybe I haven't left it too late to have more than one grin

elizadofuckall Fri 15-Mar-13 18:31:03

41, I now have a 19 year old, an 18 year old and an 11 month old smile

ilovepicnmix Fri 15-Mar-13 18:32:05

33 but I can easily think of two people who had second children in their 40s. Most of my friends are my age so im sure id be able to tell you of firsts in 40s if I was a wee bit older.

Jamdoughnutfiend Fri 15-Mar-13 18:35:52

34 when I had 2nd DD - I am done!

Xmasbaby11 Fri 15-Mar-13 18:38:00



midastouch Fri 15-Mar-13 18:43:17

I was 24 when i had my youngest, not much use to you i know. I do know somebody who tried for years to have a DC with her new husband at 40 she had DD1 and at 42 she accidently had DD2. Good luck!

sweetkitty Fri 15-Mar-13 18:52:28

2 months off my 35th birthday.

The others I had at 29, 30 and 33.

I had a cut off point of 35 in my head. Maybe having 3 close together I didn't want a big gap to no 4.

Am well and truly finished having babies now. Most of my friends had their last baby late 30s.

niminypiminy Fri 15-Mar-13 18:56:12

41 with no 1
44 with no 2

I never cease to be astonished and profoundly grateful that I have been lucky enough to have children when I spent so many years thinking that I would never be able to.

DoTheStrand Fri 15-Mar-13 18:58:57

40 (nearly 41) when I had DS2.
38 when I had DS1.
I did have a miscarriage before each though, and the second mc I know was caused by my age sadly.
Am currently TTC no3 (am now 42. DH is in his 50s!)

MrsJohnDeere Fri 15-Mar-13 19:09:23


MrsJohnDeere Fri 15-Mar-13 19:11:31

Duh, misread. Was 36 with ds2.

MMC at 40. Honestly don't know how I would have coped with being pg again if it hasn't ended that way. My body doesn't like pregnancy at all.

DoTheStrand Fri 15-Mar-13 19:21:51

Meant to add, round here TTC in your late 30s or early 40s barely raises an eyebrow, it is v common.

Coffeenowplease Fri 15-Mar-13 19:21:51

My mum was 43. Weird because now I wouldnt even consider a child before im say early 30s at least. I think under 30 is way too young grin !

BarnYardCow Fri 15-Mar-13 19:29:13

35 . Started at 22, and that is it for us!

JulesJules Fri 15-Mar-13 19:31:45


juule Fri 15-Mar-13 19:32:20

43y 9m

OooohShiny Fri 15-Mar-13 19:33:47

2 weeks before I turned 41 grin

CurlyKiwiControl Fri 15-Mar-13 19:34:47

I find threads like this really interesting.
DD I was 20
DS I was 24
DC#3 I will be 25

For your hopeful story I just watched I didn't know I was pregnant and the lady on there was 46 and had had her tubes tied!!

Best of British to you smile

jamdonut Fri 15-Mar-13 19:38:51

36 with DC3....and the Midwife at my hospital booking-in appointment was horrified that I refused a Down's test "at my age"! I said I wasn't interested in knowing, and that the child would be welcomed,whatever.

LadyMacbethWasMisunderstood Fri 15-Mar-13 19:39:31

DC3 was born when I was 44. Nearly 45. I had DC1 aged 34 and DC 2 aged 37. Had 4 miscarriages after DC2 and almost gave up hope of a third after I got to 42. So glad I didn't. He is a delight and his older sisters adore him. And I had an easy pregnancy too. Good luck.

PeppermintPasty Fri 15-Mar-13 19:40:26

41(and a half wink)

PearlyWhites Fri 15-Mar-13 19:42:54


just before i turned 40

DevonLodger Fri 15-Mar-13 19:45:47

42 with DD1 (born when I was 43). Not even a raised eyebrow at hospital. Very easy birth.

46 with DD2. Pregnancy fine. Labour difficult and ended up with c section which was fine.

rufusnine Fri 15-Mar-13 19:50:06

44 years and 10 months - 20 years and 10 months after my 1st!

WinkyWinkola Fri 15-Mar-13 19:55:44

Dc4 when I'd just turned 42. I would love another and feel optimistic about it.

Whathaveiforgottentoday Fri 15-Mar-13 20:09:38

39 for my dd2. didn't take too long to conceive.

roastednut Fri 15-Mar-13 20:22:12

Non yet but love this thread, thanks for giving us all hope grin

ProphetOfDoom Fri 15-Mar-13 20:38:53

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nethunsreject Fri 15-Mar-13 20:39:19


GhoulWithADragonTattoo Fri 15-Mar-13 20:43:33

My gran had my dad at 17 and my youngest auntie at 44!

oldraver Fri 15-Mar-13 20:44:44

Three months before I was 41

neolara Fri 15-Mar-13 20:45:30


Had dc2 at 31, just a month off 32. Had dc1 at 27.

CPtart Fri 15-Mar-13 21:10:45


ByTheSea Fri 15-Mar-13 21:16:27

38 but I have several close friends who were over 40.

GirlFryDay Fri 15-Mar-13 21:18:56

DC1 - 27
DC2 - 31
DC3 - 35

Am so done... although if we came into money i'd probably go again!

Helpexcel Fri 15-Mar-13 21:20:50


redpanda13 Fri 15-Mar-13 22:01:14

My mum had us when she was 18, 21 and then 43. Very easy pregnancy and birth. Vbac too. Though it was a couple of decades since c-section.
Her maternal grandmother (my great grandmother) had my gran when she was 46.
I am hoping late conception runs in the family!

mum2bubble Fri 15-Mar-13 22:19:05

it has been so very heart-warming to read these answers smile
what a mixed lot we are
I am feeling just a little more hopeful

threesypeesy Fri 15-Mar-13 22:49:25

26 when i had my youngest 18&19for the other two

RubixCube Fri 15-Mar-13 22:51:00

My Sister inlaw got pregnant at 40 on the pill smile

LivingThings Fri 15-Mar-13 23:12:07

39 with no.1
Just under 40 with no.2
Conceived first try both times and trouble free pregnancies.

chandellina Fri 15-Mar-13 23:14:11

42. Had a bunch of miscarriages and ivfs and doctors saying it wasn't going to happen. Somehow still managed two children, both natural conceptions. I feel very lucky.

WhitesandsofLuskentyre Fri 15-Mar-13 23:27:26

41 - DCs 1 + 2 in my twenties. Although I conceived very quickly with DC3, I had been having reflexology to sort my hormones out because I thought I was perimenopausal and worried that another baby was out of the question. Happy days.

1944girl Fri 15-Mar-13 23:37:37

I was 25 and 28 when I had my two.
I would have had more but had tubal tie done during last birth as both by C-section and was told that two were my limit.This was in 1972 when sections were more risky than they are now.
Dont know of anyone who had babies in their 40s.

anonymosity Sat 16-Mar-13 00:22:18

I was 37 when I had my first DC. Same age as both my maternal and paternal great grandmothers when they had their first DCs. Not on purpose...

runningforthebusinheels Sat 16-Mar-13 00:25:55


BeCool Sat 16-Mar-13 00:36:15

43.5 when I had dd2. 40 for dd1

If money instantly became no issue I'd try for another now at nearly 46. But it won't. So I won't.

Late to motherhood but loving it!

ThatVikRinA22 Sat 16-Mar-13 00:39:03

you dont want my answer, i was a child bride! but my lovely friend and mummy figure had her boy aged 45.

drownangels Sat 16-Mar-13 00:40:03


lottie63 Sat 16-Mar-13 01:03:59


lottie63 Sat 16-Mar-13 01:04:54

And a brilliant birth

babyboomersrock Sat 16-Mar-13 01:12:43

Had my fourth at 39.

A niece has just had her second at 43. Her first was when she was 41.

newcastle34 Sat 16-Mar-13 07:41:19


DC1 at 37
DC2 at 41
DC3 at 43

williaminajetfighter Sat 16-Mar-13 07:46:09

Am pg now and baby due just after my 44th birthday! 3 miscarriages in the last two years but ttc was no problem and got pregnant easily. This is dc2. Dd1 born at 37.

I do feel ancient though! Good luck OP.

newcastle34 Sat 16-Mar-13 07:46:33

O yes and she wasn't planned. We had previous fertility issues and it was my best pregnancy for all.

Fightlikeagirl Sat 16-Mar-13 07:58:21

I was 25 and 27 when I had my two DS's.
Married at 25.
All of my close friends thought I was crazy but supported me, it just felt right for me.
Then was diagnosed with cancer at 30 and given treatment which was said would more than likely make me infertile, was offered to delay treatment and have eggs frozen but at that point staying alive for my 2 was more important than any future babies.
Now 33, 2 years clear and looking forward to my friends starting their families now so I can be fun Aunty!

pleasestoptalking Sat 16-Mar-13 07:59:18


My friend had twins conceived naturally at 43

My grandmother had my uncle at 46...that was a bit of a surprise.

EvenIfYouSeeAPoppy Sat 16-Mar-13 08:01:56

Had dc1 at 28 and dc2 at 30. I should have had another at 35, but miscarried. Now 36 and ttc.

Mrsaurtherpendragon Sat 16-Mar-13 08:14:55


anotherbrewplease Sat 16-Mar-13 08:16:43


26 with dc4 but pregnancy #6.

CecilyP Sun 17-Mar-13 09:17:52

32, so no help personally, but I do come from a line of older mums as my DM was 42 when I was born and my GMs had their youngest at 40 and 41 respectively. Further back, my GGM had her 7th and 8th children at 44 and 46, the youngest when my GM was already 21. I also had a friend whose mum had had a successful career in nursing before getting married and she managed to produce 4 children when she was between 38 and 44.

tallulah Sun 17-Mar-13 09:44:12

43 grin Two months off my 44th birthday.

digerd Sun 17-Mar-13 09:56:39

My GM was 43 when she had my dad, he being her 7th child.
My MIL was 42 which was her 15th child.
I stopped the pill at 39, but failed to get pregnant again, despite fertility pills at 40. < sad face>.
So last and only child was born when I was 20.

redwallday Sun 17-Mar-13 12:03:24

I'm 29 and pregnant with my last child. Had DC1 at 25, DC2 at 27 and now due in Oct! This is most definitely my last! Been married for 7 years and together for 15 grin

kilmuir Sun 17-Mar-13 12:07:20

I had 2 after i turned 40. Pregnacies were very good, midwife said i was fitter than some half my age.
Good luck

gobbledegook1 Sun 17-Mar-13 12:39:59

I was 24.

grimsleeper Sun 17-Mar-13 13:39:15

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rainbow2000 Sun 17-Mar-13 13:42:38

22 on my first and 38 on my last

Kyrptonite Sun 17-Mar-13 13:43:57

21. Will be 24 when DC3 arrives in September.

weegiemum Sun 17-Mar-13 13:48:07

I was 29, 31 and 32 when I had my children.

Just as well as I was perimenopausal at 35 and fully through the menopause at 40.

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