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World's Oldest Mom

World's Oldest Mom

A 67-year-old woman who is believed to be the world’s oldest new mother told a British Sunday newspaper she lied to a U.S. fertility clinic to get treatment.

Carmela Bousada said she was 55, which is the clinic’s cut off age for treating single women. The clinic did not ask her for identification. Damn - I hope I look like I'm in my 50s when I'm really pushing 70.

At 67, it's amazing she could even get pregnant. As we get older, it's true that you may have trouble getting pregnant, but there's more to it than that. Here are some things you should know about your fertility:

  1. Taking birth control pills do not make it harder to get pregnant down the road. As soon as you go off the pill, you'll start ovulating within 3 months.
  2. The quality of a woman's eggs declines as she gets older, regardless of how healthy she is. After age 35, your ovaries produce fewer viable eggs. So, if you want a baby, you might want to think about trying sooner rather than later.
  3. If you've had an abortion (and there were no complications), it will not affect your chances of having a baby in the future.
  4. Just because you've had a baby, doesn't mean getting pregnant again will be a cinch. Don't assume you're "Fertile Myrtle" the second time around - since you and your man are both a little older the second time around.
  5. Eating trans fat can cause infertility.
  6. Women who are extremely over or underweight have a decreased chance of conceiving and are more likely to have a miscarriage.

Good to know.

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Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
They were all wrong, too. Now those kids have to grow up without dads. Fit didn't post about Hugh Hefner having a kid. No double standard here.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I'm interested that people are so offended that an elderly woman would bring a baby into world given that she in all likelihood would not be around to raise it. I'm certainly not championing what she did, but I think it's good to remember that men who are much, much older than she is are making babies ALL THE TIME. Heck, Charlie Chaplin was in his 80s or something when he had a kid, Hugh Hefner is planning to have one with his girlfriend and he's 80, James Brown was in his late 70s when he died and he had a FOUR year old... I could go on and on. I just find the double standard to be incredible.
starvingidol starvingidol 10 years
This is a horrific story. It's morally unethical to allow a 67 year old woman to have a baby. What's worse? Based from what I've read of the interviews she's given. She's seriously got her priorities messed up. She sold her house so she could fund the procedure to have the babies. And now she's looking to date a younger man to 'help her take care of her and the babies'. (Good luck on that sister, most men run from hot 20 yr olds when they find out they have a kid. They'll jump off a bridge to get away from your pruny ass.) And the worst part? She was asked how she was going to be able to keep up with a toddler once they were able to walk and start running around. Her answer? 'I'll put it in one of those playpen things'. Not her exact words, but pretty close. Thinking about what her kids are going to go through just makes me sick. Also, I can kill you with my brain.
misstiffie misstiffie 10 years
Interesting. Btw, I never knew, on top of everything else bad that goes along with it, that trans fat could cause infertility.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Wow..I think that's really irresponsible! She is in the "final" stage of life and brining another life into the world? Who is going to take care of her and that baby when she's feeble? She could be in excellent health (probably is, if she made it through birth okay), but there is no way she will be around long enough to see that kid grow up. Very. Selfish.
lorioz lorioz 10 years
I was worried, especially about the pill thing, this has definitiely reasured me.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
This is a lot of good information. Specially for me since we're trying.
hazel_eyes_smile hazel_eyes_smile 10 years
Wow, I can't believe they didn't check her ID.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
oooo i saw this on the news! the babies were cuuute
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