Woman 'Pregnant At 70' Could Potentially Be The Oldest Mother Ever
When it comes to old age, we've all got a good idea of what to look forward to - more grey hairs, having to whack up the volume on the TV and, of course, the endless quest for better varifocal lenses... They're all among the sort of things we'd expect to come with the territory.
However, one thing you'd imagine to be pretty low down on the agenda is pregnancy. In fact, it probably shouldn't even feature on the agenda at all.
Well, try telling that to the 70-year-old woman from Mexico who claims she's six months pregnant - which would potentially make her the oldest new mother in history when she gives birth.
She recently showed local media an ultrasound scan which she says confirms her pregnancy and she's also been told that she will be having a baby girl.
She said: "My legs hurt and I was vomiting and felt dizzy.
"Now they have done around ten ultrasounds in a private clinic and in the (public) social security hospital. The doctors could not believe it.
"They told me it is a girl. Look, you can see her little face."
According to the Mirror, if Maria gives birth, she will become the oldest verified new mother in the world - a title currently held Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara, who was 66 when she had twin boys via IVF in 2006.
The Spanish mother lied about her age to receive the fertility treatment in California, a move her family labelled 'selfish and irresponsible' at the time.
Her twin boys, Christian and Pau, were delivered prematurely by caesarean section and weighed 3.5 lbs each.
She died from cancer less than three years later, leaving them orphaned.
Mexican de la Luz has not revealed any details of her pregnancy, specifically whether she has used any IVF or other fertility treatments, although she claims not to have known she was pregnant until she had passed her first trimester.
She is expected to have her baby via caesarean section due to her age.
Maria said some of her children were not happy with her news, telling her she was too old for 'those things'.
So is there any precedent for pregancy at 70 years of age? A woman in India who claimed to be that old gave birth to twins in 2008 but authorities weren't able to verify her age.
Meanwhile, Britain's oldest new parents - a 63-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man - had their one-year-old child taken off them by Social Services recently.
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