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Fifty–Seven–Year–Old British Woman Expecting Baby

Many mature women dream of retirement, spontaneous vacations, grandchildren and a life of leisure. Susan Tollefsen has something else in store for her golden years.

As a lump grew in her belly, she feared cancer until an ultrasound technician performed a sonogram and told her she was nearly 30 weeks pregnant. To see how she came across this miracle baby,


Susan and her boyfriend, Nick (who is 11 years her junior) were desperately trying to have a child of their own. The mum–to–be told the Daily Mail:

I contacted fertility clinics in Britain but all of them refused to treat me because of my age. But there are no such age limits in some foreign clinics.

Limited by their homeland, the couple underwent treatments in Russia where Susan unknowingly became pregnant. Puzzled about how she missed the signs? After her last round of IVF, Susan had severe bleeding, which she now believes was a miscarriage of another baby (potentially a twin.) Having never been pregnant before, she was unaware of pregnancy symptoms.

Beyond excited for the bouncing baby girl to arrive, the pair are rushing to get the house ready. They plan to name her Freya, the goddess of fertility and birth.

Do you think you'd notice if you were 30 weeks pregnant?

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CynthiaLovesYou CynthiaLovesYou 9 years
i also don't understand. i can understand the beginning kicks feeling like gas pains, but gosh, you get to a certain point and it actually makes you uncomfortable!! how would you NOT know.
jazzybelle jazzybelle 9 years
how could someone be 57 and not known the signs of pregnancy!!? i've known the signs since i was about 15, geez! Especially when you are actively tryng....strange.
LisaK LisaK 9 years
This comment makes no sense in regards to Twinkles statement: "Plenty of parents give up their dreams for the sake of their children, and I don't see why that shouldn't apply here as well." Lots of parents give up their "dream" career to stay home and raise their children. Twinkle was merely stating, why should she give up on her dream to have a child. Are you saying just because she is older, she will not be a good parent? Reading this, I see nowhere in the article where it states this couple does not have the best interests for their child. They plan on raising it in a loving home. They WANTED a child. It will be a blessing to them. They will love and care for it. Which is more than what most kids born in the world get.
audreystar audreystar 9 years
i have no right to judge anyone, i am not god.
JennaV JennaV 9 years
sunshowers83 sunshowers83 9 years
Twinkle... The interests of a child ALWAYS come first, PERIOD. That is non-negotiable, and anyone who disagrees has no business bringing a child into the world. Plenty of parents give up their dreams for the sake of their children, and I don't see why that shouldn't apply here as well.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Here, here, Marci!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
She seems less stupid once you read the entire article. Turns out all the pregnancy tests she took came back negative and none of her doctors thought she was pregnant. As for the age debate, should she have to give up her dream of having children just because life conspired against her when she was younger?
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
Buffy, I agree. These people are simply selfish. Who is going to play with this child when he/she is 5? Who will be there to congratulate him/her when he/she graduates HS? They should have adopted a pet instead of bringing a child into this world will eventually have to take care of his/her parents while still too young to take care of himself/herself.
Buffy Buffy 9 years
Sorry...she's too old to have a baby :( So sad when they do this...who's going to raise the baby once they're gone?
sunshowers83 sunshowers83 9 years
I'm sorry, but that's awful. There is a good chance that this child will be orphaned in his/her teens. And for her to not even realize she was pregnant after IVF, she doesn't sound like the brightest crayon in the box, either.
jessie jessie 9 years
wow...i'm sure that baby will be loved very much and provisions will be made if anything were to happen. congrats to the happy couple. its never to late to follow your dreams.
ufshutterbabe ufshutterbabe 9 years
The first thing that popped into my mind was that she probably knew it was either "tumor OR pregnancy", but didn't want to seek any medical treatment in her "home country" for fear that doctors might discourage her from continuing with the possible pregnancy. I would never dream of having a baby at that age.
Advah Advah 9 years
A friend of mine found out she was pregnant past 4 months - she thought she had aerophagia.. *rolleyes* I've never been pregnant but I can't imagine how you can NOT notice your body change! Marci makes a very good point, but I'm with Kiwitwist, I can't help thinking it's a bit cruel to decide to have a child that 'late', knowing he/she will probably lose a parent very early.. :(
Angelica Angelica 9 years
rgrl rgrl 9 years
I don't get it either. :? I am 28 weeks pregnant and my belly is huge, my back hurts, I feel the baby kicking constantly... how could you not know? Weird!
keiren63 keiren63 9 years
Well, let's see...there's the pain in your lower back, the breast tenderness and that's just the first month. There's the fact that the baby starts moving and you can feel it by the fifth month. Too wacky.
wonderwoman80 wonderwoman80 9 years
I never understand how people do not know they are pregnant. If you are trying to get pregnant then don't you read about signs and symptoms etc. I had never been pregnant and I knew that when I was feeling sick I might be! Come on now!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I think that is soo selfish, sorry. That child is going to be without a mother for most of her life. C'mon now!
macneil macneil 9 years
Agree with many of the comments above. If you are IMPLANTING FERTILISED EMBRYOS in your uterus, is it not ONE of the things you might consider when your uterus starts to swell?
Rally-RE Rally-RE 9 years
i'm sure this couple will be great parents since they have been waiting so long for their baby. however, i can't help but feel bad for this child because his/her parents are goign to be so old. when i was born, my parents were in their early 20s and my grandparents were in their late 40s/early 50s. i enjoyed having parents and grandparents who were young and had a lot of energy ... it was great.
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 9 years
I could see if she wasn't on IVF and didn't know. My own mother didn't know until December when she was 40 that she was going to have me, and I was born in February. She thought she was going through menopause But going through IVF AND not knowing...kinda dumb.
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
Given that I'm just a few days from giving birth, I cannot imagine a) NOT knowing that I was pregnant at 30 weeks or b) having a baby at age 57 (I'm 38 and it's definitely harder than it was at 33!!) But hey, that's my own baggage :)
Marci Marci 9 years
I should have mentioned that I'm the product of older parents and never had the slightest awareness of just how much older than everyone else's parents they were. It's all about what you get from the parents you have; not about the age.
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