Grandmother's shock at pregnancy
Published 25/01/2012 | 12:52
A grandmother has described her shock at finding out she was pregnant again at the age of 53.
Despite taking the contraceptive pill, Debbie Hughes found out she was expecting a baby when she began putting on weight.
She had been made so "paranoid" by her family and her partner that she made a trip to see the doctor, who confirmed she was going to have another child.
Ms Hughes told ITV's Daybreak: "I didn't think it was possible. Not at my age, not at all."
She has since given birth to a baby boy, Kyle, who is seven months old and fully healthy.
She already had two sons, Mark, aged 26, and 11-year-old Brandon, and is a grandmother to two girls who are both older than their uncle Kyle.
Ms Hughes, a jewellery assistant from Daventry in Northamptonshire, said she was pleased she was not treated any differently from any other woman during her pregnancy.
"Nobody seemed to make a big deal out of it," she said. "I wasn't treated any different from anybody else. I went through the normal scans and nobody treated me any different, I just did the same as any normal mum."
Being that bit older has not made much of a difference to her energy levels, she said. "I don't feel any different than I did when I was younger. You're just as tired as when you're 20-something as when you're 50-something."
Kyle's brother Brandon might be happy to hear his mother say the latest addition is definitely the last one. Brandon added: "He's cool but sometimes he keeps me awake."