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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Cumbrian mum, 49, looking forward to New Year's Eve baby

At an age when many women are already grandmothers, a north Cumbrian woman is preparing to give birth on New Year’s Eve.

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Sarah Briggs and children Alex and Isabella

Full of energy and verve, 49-year-old Sarah Briggs, of Brampton, is constantly told by friends how wonderful she looks in the late stages of pregnancy.

Issues with the amniotic fluid mean the baby is slightly smaller than normal and Sarah will give birth by caesarean section on December 31 before reaching full term.

Sarah and husband David, who is 13 years her junior, already have two children – Alex and Isabella – born when she was 42 and 44.

She said: “I came off the pill because I thought I might be hitting the menopause at 48. I did an eight-mile run at Langholm on the Sunday. I was feeling quite fit but had missed a period.

“I did a pregnancy test on the Thursday. Oh my God! It was positive before I even put the lid back on the stick.”

Sarah was 42 when she had her first baby after the couple decided they wanted to give it a try. Six weeks later, she was pregnant with Alex.

A woman hits her peak fertility between the ages of 20 and 24 and those over 35 often have difficulty conceiving.

But conception rates for women aged over 40 reached a record high in the UK last year with 26,976 giving birth.

Sarah, a chartered surveyor, added: “After 35, you’re classed as a ‘geriatric mother’ in medical terms.

“I do think being physically fit helped me get pregnant. When I first realised I was pregnant this time I burst into tears.

“David was a bit shell-shocked but he came home that evening with a big grin on his face.”

“I don’t want my kids to be teased when they are teenagers if their friends think they have an old mum,” Sarah said.

“But if I can stay fit, I don’t think I will be that much different from mothers 10 or 15 years younger.”

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