This 70-year-old woman is reportedly six months pregnant with her eighth child and set to become the oldest new mother in history.
The mum-to-be, identified as Maria de la Luz, lives in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, and has shown the media ultrasound scans which she says confirms she is six months pregnant with a baby girl.
“They told me it is a girl. Look, you can see her little face,” she said.
Maria will be four years older than the current record holder for the oldest new mum, after Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara claimed the title in 2006.
She was aged 66 years and 358 days when she gave birth to twin baby boys, Christian and Pau. They were delivered prematurely by caesarean section and weighed 1.6kg each.
Maria de la Luz, who did not reveal any details of the pregnancy including whether she had had IVF treatment or similar, says she first suspected she was pregnant three months ago.
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“My legs hurt and I was vomiting and felt dizzy. Now they have done around 10 ultrasounds in a private clinic and in the (public) social security hospital. The doctors could not believe it,” she told reporters.
Omkari Panwar from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, gave birth to twins in 2008 but her claim to have been 70 was not provable.
Likewise, there were also other women that were older when they had children and claimed to be of a similar age but again none of the ages have been verified.
Maria told reporters that some of her children were not happy with the news that she was pregnant, saying they told her she was too old for “those things”.
She has an appointment with a gynaecologist on 18th July and she says she is expecting to have a caesarean-delivery because of her age.
Meanwhile, Maria Bousada de Lara admitted that she had lied to physicians about her age when seeking in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment at a clinic in California.
Bousada then became was the world’s oldest documented mother, surpassing the record established in 2005 by Romanian mother Adriana Iliescu, who was also 66.
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