First thirty was the new twenty, and now apparently forty is the new thirty! More and more celebrity moms are giving birth after turning forty. Older moms making recent headlines are Kelly Preston, 47, who just announced her pregnancy saying, “this is a miracle, and we feel blessed;” and Celine Dion, 42, who also just announced after a “physically and emotionally exhausting” year, that she is pregnant with twins.
These two 40+ moms-to-be are in great company. Click below to see 10 fit, fabulous and famous moms who had babies after 40!
Italian beauty Monica Bellucci and her husband Vincent Cassel just welcomed their second daughter, Leonie, on May 20th. The 45 year-old actress also has a 5 1/2 year old daughter, Deva.
Academy Award winning actress and model Halle Berry gave birth to her daughter, Nahla, 2, when she was 42. Nahla’s dad is Berry’s ex-boyfriend, model Gabriel Aubrey, with whom she just narrowly avoided a custody dispute.
With regard to becoming a mother Berry offers,
When I looked at the stick and saw I was pregnant … I was so happy. I thought I knew love before, but I never knew anything like this.
Single mom Mary Louise Parker gave birth to her son William, 6, when she was 40. The actress split from longtime beau Billy Crudup when she was 7 months pregnant (he moved on to actress/co-star Claire Danes) and Parker has since gone on to adopt a daughter, Caroline, 4, “Ash” from Africa.
Cross told Celebrity Baby Scoop in an exclusive interview,
I could get a little weepy thinking about what I’m grateful for so I’m going to take a deep breath… I’m grateful that I have a family that I’ve always dreamed about. I’m grateful for the job I have. I get to do what I love. I’m grateful that I get the opportunity to be a spokesperson for things that I feel are important. My gosh, the list in endless!
On having children later in life, Moore says,
That was the one thing I knew I would do, that I would have children. And it was a pretty acute desire. The funny thing is I was determined to have a baby by the time I was 36. My son was born the day after my 37th birthday. He was three weeks late. It was like the universe was laughing, saying, ‘You see, you can’t control things.’
Susan Sarandon had her first son Jack when she was 43 and her second son Miles when she was 46. The 64 year-old age-defying actress and activist has since split from their father, and her partner of 23 years, Tim Robbins. Sarandon also has a daughter, Eva Amurri, from a previous relationship.
- Geena Davis
Geena Davis and her husband, neurosurgeon Reza Jarrahy started a family together when Davis was 46. At 46 the actress gave birth to their daughter Alizeh, and at 48 she delivered twin sons, Kian and Kaiis.
Model and actress Brooke Shields have birth to her second daughter with Chris Henchy, Grier, 4, when she was 41. The couple also have a 6 year-old daughter Rowan. She says that she became comfortable in her own skin after becoming a mother,
It’s sort of a cliche, but it’s definitely been post-children and just surviving my 30’s. It sounds so granola, but I sort of celebrate what I do have rather than what I don’t have.
Nicole Kidman became a mother when she adopted her children Isabella, 17, and Connor, 15 with ex-husband, Tom Cruise. But Sunday Rose, 1 1/2, her first biological child with husband Keith Urban, was born when Kidman was 41.
Salma Hayek Pinault had her daughter Valentina Paloma, 2, at the age of 41. Valentina’s father is Hayek Pinault’s husband, François-Henri Pinault. The actress told Parade that there was nothing glamorous about being pregnant,
…people tell you, ‘You look gorgeous,’ when you are pregnant. You are like a swollen whale and never looked worse in your life. And somebody goes, ‘You’re glowing.’ They don’t have the courage to tell you how bad you look.
With regard to becoming a mother later in life she told Marie Claire,
Motherhood is not for everyone. It is for me, but there’s no reason women should feel rushed to have a child.
Click on these links to see additional celebrity moms who gave birth after the age of forty: Madonna, Courteney Cox Arquette, Helen Hunt, Jane Kaczmarek, Holly Hunter, Jerry Hall, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Iman, Marcia Gay Harden, Cherly Tiegs, and Joan Lunden.