At a recent launch party for DumbDumb, Amanda Peet shared her thoughts on having another child with Us. The 38-year-old actress has a 3-year-old daughter, Frances, and gave birth to her second child, Molly, in April. She is now keen to try for one more, but her screenwriter husband, David Benioff, would like to wait three years. However, Amanda says “We’ll be too old at that point.”
It would seem that Peet – who has appeared in movies such as Something’s Gotta Give and The Whole Ten Yards – is aware that her biological clock is ticking and must consider the risks of conceiving past the age of 40.
There are many precedents for celebrities becoming moms at an older age – Kelly Preston is pregnant at 47 and Céline Dion is expecting twins at 42. However, Halle Berry – who gave birth to daughter Nahla in 2008 at age 40 – warns “don’t look at celebrities who are doing it and think, Oh, it’s easy. It’s really not.”
Dr Alan B. Copperman of Mount Sinai Medical Center points out some of the problems. “At 40 there is only a 10 percent chance of conception and at 45, it’s just 2 percent.” Add to that the often needed fertility treatments, preterm labor, dangerously high blood pressure and diabetes, and you can understand Ms. Peet’s concerns.