Halle Berry was busy playing a beautiful Bond Girl before having her first child, and we can’t really blame her for this decision. The A-list actress welcomed her daughter Nahla at the age of 41, followed by her son, Maceo, when she was 47. Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Berry explained her shock when she fell pregnant for the second time. “I was, you know, on my way…this is probably way TMI, but I was really, you know, kinda premenopausal so to have this happen was a huge [shock].”
Brooke Shields welcomed her second child with her husband, Chris Henchy, in 2006, when she was 40-years-old. Fertility Today reported that in the years prior to their daughter, Grier’s, birth, Shields had great difficulty in conceiving. “I was about ready to call it quits,” Shields revealed. “I was growing weary of the anticipation and the pressure, and Chris said he wasn’t sure he could handle seeing me rip off another estrogen patch in frustration… At wit’s end, we decided to try one more time,” she explained.
Geena Davis welcomed all three of her children after turning 40. Her first child, Alizeh, was born in 2002 when Davis was already 46 years old, followed by twin boys two years later. Speaking to Good Housekeeping magazine, she said, “I felt 100 percent that I would be such a better parent than I would have been even five years earlier and certainly 10 or 20 years earlier.” She continued, “I became a parent with exactly the right person, at exactly the right time.”
Rachel Zoe welcomed her first child, a son named Skylar, when she was 39-years-old. While she announced that this pregnancy was unplanned, three years later, at the age of 42, Zoe gave birth to her second child, Kaius. Before Kaius was born, Zoe admitted that she was unsure if she would be able to get pregnant again and explained her thought process was, “If we are lucky enough to have another one, we will have.” Fortunately for her and her husband, Rodger Berman, they were.
Just before her 42nd birthday, Oscar-winning actress, Meryl Streep, welcomed her youngest child. Having had three children before this, it is unknown whether Streep struggled to conceive in her forties. In fact, The Devil Wears Prada actress has never publicly spoken about or gone on the record about whether or not she had any struggles. Without any doubt, her children would have inherited great genes from their mother and, currently, her eldest son is a musician, her daughter Mamie is an actress, and her youngest, Louisa, is a model.
Actors Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling made headlines when it was rumored that the talented pair were an item. They made even bigger headlines when they welcomed their first daughter, Esmeralda, together when Mendes was 40 years old. Two years later, the power couple welcomed their second daughter, Amada. Speaking with The Violet Files, Eva discussed motherhood and how it completely changed her. She admitted, “I’m completely exhausted. I thought my wild nights were over, but these are some of the wildest nights I’ve ever had.”
Alyssa Milano welcomed her second child, Elizabella, when she was 41. However, in the months before the actress made the official announcement that she was pregnant in 2014, a source had spoken to Us Weekly saying Milano and her husband, David Bugliari, were certainly trying. Milano finally confirmed on Access Hollywood that the couple was “actively trying,” and it proved successful. Speaking of pregnancy in her 40s, Alyssa admitted, “I loved waiting a long time to be a mom, I’d had my ladies’ lunches and my shopping days.”
Iman welcomed her first daughter when she was in her twenties, but following her marriage with Bowie nearly 25 years later, she welcomed her second daughter, Alexandria, when she was 45 years old. Speaking in an interview with Parade in 2009, shortly after giving birth, she explained how her baby was a “miracle.” “People talk about the miracle of birth. No. There’s the miracle of conception. I did IVF, but nothing happened. So, I began to think of adoption, and then I got pregnant. It was definitely a miracle.”
Beverly D’Angelo was soon to reaching 50 when she welcomed twins Anton and Olivia with her husband, Al Pacino, in 2001. The couple admitted that they were able to conceive their twins using IVF, but there were reports that D’Angelo was nervous about giving birth at her age. Since there is more risk in getting and being pregnant later on in life, D’Angelo may not have had the easiest of times when she was pregnant with her twins. Fortunately, however, she gave birth to two healthy baby boys.
At the age of 50, Janet Jackson announced she was pregnant. This was the first and only child Jackson has welcomed, and she has kept details of her pregnancy private. While there is no confirmation if the singer had any difficulty in getting pregnant at 50, she did welcome a healthy baby named Eissa. Speaking of motherhood, Jackson said, ‘Day after day and night after night, holding my baby in my arms, I am at peace. I am blessed. I feel bliss. In those moments, all is right with the world.’
Although Sarandon gave birth to her first child in 1985, Sarandon had her second and third child when she was 42 and 45 respectively. On her decision to have children later on in life, she told Time Out New York, “I wasn’t in a hurry, but I actually had a medical condition and was told I could never be a mother.” Having been diagnosed with endometriosis, the actress explained, “It was just such a freak [thing] that I got pregnant that I thought I can’t ignore this. And so I jumped.”
While in a relationship with her ex-fiancé Arpad Busson, Uma Thurman welcomed her third child at the age of 42. The couple welcomed a daughter named Luna in 2012, but two years later, Uma and Arpad called off their engagement for the second time. In 2017, the former couple began a child custody negotiation, which resulted in Thurman receiving primary physical custody in January 2017. Thurman was already a mother to her daughter named Maya, and a son named Levon, from a previous relationship.
Molly Ringwald welcomed her daughter, Mathilda, in 2003, but only gave birth to her twins, Adele and Roman, in 2009 when she was 41. Speaking to People magazine, the actress explained how her second attempt at getting pregnant was more difficult than the first time. “After Mathilda was born, I had some things fixed”—surgery to remove fibroids—“that made it easier to get pregnant again,” she revealed. “There were some other issues, too. But I was so, so lucky to be 41 and to be so healthy during this pregnancy.”
30 Rock star, Tina Fey, welcomed her second child, Penelope, in 2011 when she was 41. Speaking to People magazine, the Golden Globe-winning actress revealed that getting pregnant in her 40s was a conscious decision made by herself and her husband, Jeff Richman, for the benefit of their family. She explained, “My husband and I really decided that we felt rather than risk having 30 Rock end in several years and feeling like part of our family is missing that we were going to prioritize our family.”
Naomi Watts welcomed her two sons when she was 39 and 40, but seems to have regretted having kids at an older age. Speaking to People magazine in the October 2014 issue, Watts discussed how she wished her and her then partner, Liev Schreiber, had more children. She stated, “I should have had more kids, started younger.” The King Kong beauty and Liev got together in 2005 and had their first son, Sasha two years later in 2007. The couple later separated after 11 years together.
When Helen Hunt gave birth to her daughter Makena Lei in 2003, she was 40-years-old. Hunt later opened up about her infertility to Ladies Home Journal saying, “It turned out to be tougher to get pregnant than I thought it would be.” She expressed, “I tried for a long time, and it just didn’t happen, to the point where getting pregnant became the greatest wish—and the greatest challenge—of my life… My boyfriend and I were on our last big try, and if the baby hadn’t come, we would have adopted.”
Laura Linney and her husband, Marc Schauer, welcomed their first child when the Love Actually actress was 49 years old. While Linney may have appeared on many television shows and movies, this award-winning actress was able to keep her pregnancy a secret the entire time without the media finding out until she gave birth. In fact, Linney even missed out on the Emmy’s, the same year she won, since she had already started showing. Linney eventually gave birth to a son named Bennett Armistead Schauer in January 2014.
Pop diva, Mariah Carey, welcomed her twins, Moroccan and Monroe when she was 42 years old. At the time, the Grammy Award-winning singer was married to Nick Cannon, and the couple struggled to get pregnant. Eventually, Mariah started hormone therapy after suffering a miscarriage, explaining, “The main thing I did that was tough, was to go on progesterone like every month . . . when I was pregnant, I had to stay with the progesterone for 10 weeks. It minimizes the chance of miscarriage by 50 percent.”
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In 2002, Sarah Jessica Parker and her actor husband, Matthew Broderick, welcomed their first son, James Wilkie Broderick. When it came to having more children, the Sex and the City starlet opted for a surrogate, who delivered their twin daughters. Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge were born in June 2009, when Parker was 44 years old. SJP revealed that surrogacy was “one of the things we discussed with seriousness that had real possibilities for us” after struggling for many years when trying to expand their family.
Nancy Grace welcomed her twins, Lucy and John, with her husband, David Lynch, when she was 48 years old. Speaking to People in 2007, the tough-talking CNN anchorwoman said, “I always said I wanted a family. I grew up in a happy, loving family [and] I wanted it too. But until now, I just thought it wasn’t meant to be for me. And as part of God’s mysterious plan, I’m given this wonderful blessing late in life — and I could not be happier.”
Academy Award-winner, Mira Sorvino, welcomed her fourth child with husband Christopher Backus when she was 44 years old. Speaking of her pregnancy, the Mighty Aphrodite actress explained that is was a high-risk pregnancy, and she nearly miscarried twice. In fact, the famous star admitted she spent weeks on doctor-mandated bed rest as a result but explains it was all worth it when she held her baby boy for the first time. This was the second son for Mira, who also has two daughters.
Madonna was already a mother-of-one when she met director Guy Ritchie, and the pair welcomed a son named Rocco in 2000. The Queen of Pop was 41 at the time and had complications from the birth due to her experiencing placenta Previa. Madonna is now a mother of six, having adopted four children after the birth of Rocco, sharing only her son David with her ex-husband. Her most recent adoption was of twin girls in 2012, when the singer was 53.
Julianne Moore welcomed her second child in 2002, a daughter named Liv when she was 41. The Crazy, Stupid, Love star had given birth to her son Caleb five years earlier, and she shares both her children with Bart Freundlich. The couple got married a year after Liv was born but met when Bart was her director on The Myth of Fingerprints in 1996. This was just one year after her divorce from her previous marriage was finalized, where she admits she got married too early.
At 46-years-old, Audra McDonald welcomed her second child, Sally James McDonald-Swenson. Sally was McDonald’s first child with her second husband, Will Swenson, who she married four years earlier in 2012. When they discovered that they were expecting a child together, McDonald wrote, “Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead 2 pregnancy?” she tweeted. “@thewillswenson & I are completely surprised but elated 2 b expecting.” McDonald was already mother to 15-year-old Zoe at the time and stepmom to Bridger and Sawyer.
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She made up one-fifth of the biggest girl band in the world during the ’90s, but Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, got one of the second best moments in her life when she was 44. Following her marriage to Christian Horner, the couple welcomed their first child, and Geri’s second, a son named George in 2017. The singer took to Instagram to tease her fans with a post that showed a sketch of a pregnant woman with the caption, “God bless Mother Nature #mamaspice.”
American actress Angela Bassett married her husband Courtney B. Vance in 1997, but faced years of fertility struggles. It was not until 12 years ago, when the now 60-year-old turned to surrogacy, that she welcomed her twins, Bronwyn and Slater. Having waited for years to have children, when the day finally came, there was no leaving their side. “There were so many offers to go to this party and that party,” she said. “It was a lot more fun to sit and gaze at my two little stars.”
The same year Diane starred in the film, The First Wives Club, the then 50-year-old actress adopted her daughter, Dexter. Five years later, in 2001, the Academy Award-winner adopted her second child, a son named Duke, now aged 18. “Before kids, if I worried, it was only about myself,” Keaton told More, “But that’s all you do is worry as a parent.” Keaton revealed that it was her father’s death which made mortality more apparent to her, and she then decided to become a mother at the age of 50.
11 years ago, Desperate Housewives star, Marcia Cross, welcomed twins named Eden and Savannah, when the actress was 44 years old. Soon after her marriage to stockbroker Tom Mahoney in 2006, Cross underwent in vitro fertilization, which resulted in her fraternal twin daughters being born soon after in February 2007. Speaking of her girls, Marcia told PEOPLE, “I was more scared to have girls – probably from having been one.” She continued, “Now I’m just delighted. There’s nothing closer than the female bond.”
At 54 years old, Brigitte Nielson announced on Instagram and Twitter in May 2018 that she was pregnant with her fifth child. Fast forward one month, and the actress welcomed a daughter named Frida with her 39-year-old husband, Mattia Dessi who she married in 2006. Speaking of their newborn, Nielson told People magazine, “We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives.” She continued, “It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love.” Nielson is already a mother to four boys aged 23-34.
Celebrity chef Donatella Arpaia gave birth to her first child on her 40th birthday in 2011 and has since been open about her struggles in trying to conceive another baby. However, Donatella and her husband, Allan Stewart, drew inspiration from new mom Hoda Kotb, who adopted a daughter in 2017, in considering other options to expand their family. After one final round of IVF, Donatella became pregnant at the age of 46 and announced on May 28, 2018, that she is expecting twins.
Sex and the City star Kristen Davis first became a mother in 2011, when she adopted her daughter, Gemma Rose. At the time, Davis was 45-years-old and, it has since been reported that Davis adopted her second child, a baby boy, in 2018. Now 53, Kristen has never been married, nor is it believed that she is romantically linked to anyone, so it made sense for the single mother to adopt. If she is anything like her character on the hit HBO series then we’re sure she is a great mother!
Rachel Weisz bagged one of the most eligible bachelors when she married James Bond star, Daniel Craig, and, after seven years of marriage, the couple announced they would be welcoming their first child together. In an interview with The New York Times, the 48-year-old said, “We’re going to have a little human.” She continued, “We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery.” Craig is already a father to 25-year-old daughter, Ella, and Weisz is a mother-of-one to 11-year-old, Henry.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kenya Moore, accidentally revealed that she was pregnant on the Season 10 reunion episode. The reality star told host Andy Cohen, “We will definitely be welcoming a boy or girl in late this year,” when he posed the question if a baby was on the way. Having already spilled the beans, 47-year-old Moore went onto say, “We have been really upfront about wanting to expand our family, and we have definitely been taking the proper steps to try to make that happen.”
Gwen Stefani, the well-known celebrity and No Doubt singer, gave birth to her “miracle” baby, Apollo, when she was 44 years old. Speaking of getting pregnant in her mid-40s, Stefani said it put her in “a whole new spiritual place.”
After struggling to get pregnant during her first marriage to Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman gave birth to her first biological child, Sunday Rose, when she was 41 years old. Although she never spoke about using IVF, she did say in an interview, “I’ve done all the stuff you can possibly do to try to get pregnant. So, the way it just happened with Sunday was like, ‘What?’ The percentages were so low. It is the miracle in my life.” The couple welcomed their second child three years later via surrogate.
Kelly Preston admitted that she was shocked when she found out she was pregnant at the age of 48. Speaking to Health Magazine, the Jerry Maguire actress, who is married to John Travolta, said, “When I found out I was pregnant, I was floored. I’d snuck out of bed and then came back and woke Johnny up in bed. We both started crying. It was wonderful.” The couple welcomed Benjamin Hunter Kaelo in 2010, a year after the tragic passing of their eldest son.
Salma Hayek’s pregnancy was complicated by gestational diabetes, meaning she had a nauseous nine months, but the famous Spanish actress said she wouldn’t have traded the time of the pregnancy if she had the chance to. Speaking with WebMD, the Frida actress explained she didn’t need help getting pregnant at the age of 41, and said of getting pregnant at this time, “I’m a more fulfilled human being now, and I probably wouldn’t have been 10 years ago. She gets a better mother for being born now.”
After multiple failed cycles of IVF, award-winning singer Celine Dion welcomed twin boys, Eddy and Nelson, at the age of 42. Before getting pregnant with her eldest son, René Charles, Dion struggled for six years trying to conceive. She and her husband eventually enlisted a fertility specialist, and Dion was able to get pregnant. Before welcoming her twins, Dion had suffered a miscarriage, and four failed IVF treatments but was determined to keep going, with her fifth try finally proving successful.
Christie Brinkley admitted that she went through various miscarriages before getting pregnant with her third child in 1998. “After the first miscarriage, I tried to take the attitude that it was my body’s way of telling me that this pregnancy wasn’t meant to be,” she told Good Housekeeping. “After the second one, we decided to try in vitro, because both Peter and I felt we couldn’t handle another failure.” At the age of 44, Brinkley was successful with IVF in getting pregnant with her daughter, Sailor Lee.
Before their divorce in 2002, Kim Basinger was married to fellow actor Alec Baldwin, and the couple welcomed a daughter named Ireland. At this time, the Oscar-winning actress was 41 and, following her divorce, she admittedly took a non-traditional approach in raising her daughter. She explained, “I just wanted her to be free. If she wanted to have her friends over and write over the walls with pen, that was fine. I wanted her childhood to be full of love and light and animals and friends.”
Nine-time Grammy Award-winner, Sheryl Crow, announced she adopted her first child, Wyatt, 2 weeks after he was born in 2007. At the time, Crow was 46 and went on to adopt her second child three years later when she was 49. In 2010, Crow adopted her now 8-year-old son Levi, making her a proud mother of two. Following her first adoption, Crow didn’t win over a fan, telling PEOPLE, “I want to sing to him, but right now he’s like, ‘Mommy, no! All done! All done!’”