As reported in People, Raunigk felt those familiar pangs of baby fever (that every mom who has thought she was done having kids will inevitably feel) when her youngest daughter was 10 years old. As the youngest of 13, Raunigk's daughter asked if she could have a baby brother or sister to keep her company. Raunigk happily obliged — by giving her four more. Three boys and a girl, Dries, Bence, Fjonn and Neeta, were born on May 19, 2015, by C-section at 26 weeks.
This is the kind of story that makes you gasp as you scroll past it on your Facebook feed, but Raunigk's choice to add to her already large family in her golden years isn't entirely unique. Doctors may consider pregnancy past the age of 35 to be "geriatric" (and what a lovely term that is), but there are plenty of women who have defined the odds by carrying babies well into advanced maternal age.
Here are some of the most fascinating:
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If you're still on the fence about having a child, there's always the ominous thought that the clock is ticking. At the very least, these older moms can help to put everything in perspective. It may not be as easy to get pregnant once you've passed that fertile window, but now having a baby at 40 doesn't sound so bad.
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