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Having My Baby at 40 Was Worth the Wait

By Nina McCollum
Reviewed by Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
May 06, 2022

I had my one and only baby at the age of 40.

I have always wanted to be a mother. As a girl, I didn’t dream of a princess gown and a big wedding; I dreamed of having a big family. I wanted large, loud family events like the ones I’d grown up with. I loved the bustle and quirkiness of large family gatherings at my grandmother’s house.

My Journey to Motherhood

I didn’t get married until I was 34. My son’s father and I (we are now divorced) didn’t start trying to have a baby until we had been married for a couple of years.

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