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Miriam 'over the moon' at having baby number eight at age of 44

Published 25/09/2005 | 00:11

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LARA BRADLEY EXCLUSIVE SHE IS the country's most inspiring working mother and now Miriam O'Callaghan is about to add to her brood of seven with a new baby at the age of 44.

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The RTE star is four and a half months pregnant and pledges that this is "definitely the last".

Miriam O'Callaghan told the Sunday Independent last night that she had been trying for a baby for two and a half years since the birth of her youngest son.

She said: "We desperately wanted this baby and are over the moon. We had to work hard at this and my husband was under orders to be home at precisely the right moment every month. I also really am very aware that some people find it difficult to get pregnant so I don't want to give the impression that I find it easy."

Miriam O'Callaghan's first pregnancy was natural but after having difficulty conceiving a second time, she visited a top fertility expert in Harley Street, London who prescribed the fertility drug, Clomid.

She said: "It certainly worked because I had three children in 11 months, but I've always had to try hard to get pregnant. They say that fertility zooms down after 35 and some girls are giving up,but I believe that if youkeep healthy and eat well, there is no reason why you can't go on."

This is Miriam O'Callaghan's seventh pregnancy and her eighth child. She has one set of twins and was concerned she might be pregnant with twins again, but this time it is just the one baby.

She said: "I haven't been sick at all and never am when I'm pregnant. I feel at my healthiest when I'm pregnant. My mother says that's why I keep doing it. If I got sick, it might put me off a bit."

Miriam O'Callaghan met her first husband Tom McGurk in 1980 when she was working as a solicitor and he was a broadcaster and journalist. The couple married in 1983 and had four daughters together before divorcing in 1996. She met her second husband, Steve Carson, when they worked together on the BBC programme Newsnight. Mr Carson, who is from Belfast, is a producer and director. The couple married in 2000 and have three sons.

Miriam O'Callaghan broke the news of her pregnancy to her bosses at RTE last week and says she "absolutely" intends to continue work after the birth in February.

She said: "I usually don't say I am pregnant for agesbecause I am so superstitious and so worried that something will go wrong, and Ialways work right up untilthe end.

"People keep saying, 'aren't you great working and having loads of children', but my mother's generation did it and nobody gave them any brownie points. I think our generation are completely spoilt," she said.

"I am definitely going to keep working after this one is born because I like it and the more you have, the more expensive it is. At this rate, I'll be working till I'm 100."

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