30 Celebrities Who Got Pregnant After 40
After welcoming all three of her children after 40, the great Geena Davis told Good Housekeeping, "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. I became a parent with exactly the right person, at exactly the right time."
Despite the fact that fertility decreases with age, the Oscar winner is one of many (more than 100,000, to be exact), who've proven that it's still possible to conceive later in life. Keep reading for 30 famous moms who defied the odds.
1. Gwen Stefani, 44
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2. Susan Sarandon, 45
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The Oscar-winning actress has endometriosis and was told she’d never be able to have children. Cut to her surprise pregnancy with daughter Eva Amurri at 38. She went on to have two sons at age 42 and 45.
3. Halle Berry, 47
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The actress had her first baby, daughter Nahla, at age 41 and welcomed son Maceo at 47 (when she was premenopausal).
4. Salma Hayek, 41
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While discussing her daughter Valentina's birth story, the silver-screen stunner said, “I’m a more fulfilled human being now, and I probably wouldn’t have been ten years ago. She gets a better mother for being born now.”
5. Molly Sims, 43
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Already a mom of two, the model was surprised by her third pregnancy. Her baby bump didn't stop her from rocking a sexy sequined gown on the red carpet.
6. Julianne Moore, 41
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Already a mom to a son, Caleb, the actress gave birth to her mini-me daughter, Liv, at 41. She married their dad, director Bart Freundlich, a year later.
7. Janet Jackson, 50
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Miss Jackson if you’re…pregnant at 50?! Yep, the ruler of Rhythm Nation was thrilled to announce that she was expecting her first child with her husband, Wissam Al Mana, a billionaire fashion scion from Qatar.
8. Mariah Carey, 42
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Mimi gave birth to “dem babies”—twins Moroccan and Monroe—at age 42. She’s no longer married to their dad, Nick Cannon, but they’re still friends and hang out as a family.
9. Rachel Zoe, 42
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The star stylist’s sons, Skyler Morrison and Kaius Jagger, are just as into fashion as she is.
10. Kim Basinger, 41
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The actress welcomed her daughter, Ireland, at age 41—then, after a nasty split with ex Alec Baldwin, she left the spotlight to raise her.
11. Molly Ringwald, 41
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Whoa, 41 candles! The ’80s screen queen gave birth to twins Adele and Roman in 2009.
12. Meryl Streep, 42
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The Oscar winner welcomed Louisa, her fourth child, at age 42. During her 2012 Academy Awards acceptance speech, she thanked their dad, sculptor Don Gummer, saying, “Everything I value most in our lives, you have given me.”
13. Nicole Kidman, 41
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After dealing with infertility, an ectopic pregnancy and miscarriages, Kidman welcomed her daughter, Sunday Rose, with husband Keith Urban at age 41. Daughter Faith was later born via gestational surrogate in 2010.
14. Naomi Watts, 40
While speaking with InStyle about her journey to motherhood, she said, "When I started trying to have children, which was age 36, the word was said to me, based on a blood panel, that my hormones were not in a great place for conceiving. So, my doctor said, you could be close to menopause. I panicked."
Fortunately, after trying IVF, the star became pregnant with her first child, Sasha, at 39, then welcomed her second, Kai, at age 40.
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15. Jennifer Connelly, 40
The Top Gun: Maverick star has three children, including Kai, Stellan and Agnes, whom she welcomed at 40.
While speaking with Allure, Connelly said, "I knew that we were going to be done after number three. That's enough for us."
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16. Eva Mendes, 40
Mendes welcomed her first daughter, Esmeralda, at 40 years old. And just two years later, Mendes and Ryan Gosling became proud parents to their second daughter, Amada. Since the star became a mother, she took a step back from her career to focus on her family—and she was inspired by her own mom.
She told Huffington Post, “My mom was able to be there for me at home until I was about 8 or 9 and those memories for me, that just formed who I was, those years with her.”
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17. Christie Brinkley, 41
After welcoming her son, Jack, at 41 years old, Brinkley gave birth to her daughter, Sailor, three years later. But the process was't easy. She and her husband, Peter Cook, experienced three miscarriages before they welcomed Sailor, with the help of IVF.
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18. Celine Dion, 42
The Grammy winner gave birth to her twin boys, Eddy and Nelson, at 42 years old, following six (yes, six) cycles of IVF. Dion told The Daily Mail, "The only reward that would mean anything to me is my children. There’s nothing that can top being a mother."
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19. Brooke Shields, 40
Shields was 40 when she had their second child, Grier, in 2006. But before welcoming her daughter, the actress and model went through several cycles of IVF before having her first child, Rowan, in 2003.
In her book, Down Came The Rain, she wrote, "The whole process was quite an ordeal, and we became slaves to the time of day and to little vials of liquid." Thankfully, the effort paid off.
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20. Hillary Swank, 48
Major congrats are in order for the Million Dollar Baby actress, who is currently pregnant with twins. She announced the big news on Good Morning America and said, “This is something that I’ve been wanting for a long time, and my next thing is I’m gonna be a mom. And not just of one, but of two. I can’t believe it.”
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21. Alyssa Milano, 41
At 41 years old, the actress welcomed her second child, Elizabella, with her husband David Bugliari. The couple also share an 11-year old son named Milo. She told Access Hollywood, "I loved waiting a long time to be a mom. I'd had my ladies' lunches and my shopping days."
While opening up about how motherhood changed her, Milano told Insider, "It definitely made me more loving. It made me more outraged. It made me more concerned for our planet. It really has been a revelation to find the true essence of who I am."
22. Geena Davis, 46
The Thelma & Louise star gave birth to her daughter, Alizeh, in 2002, then welcomed her twin sons, Kaiis and Kian, in 2004.
Per Good Housekeeping, the actress actually preferred to have her children in her 40s. She said, "I'm sure there are younger people who have figured things out long before I did, but in my case, I became a parent with exactly the right person, at exactly the right time."
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23. Laura Linney, 49
After keeping her pregnancy under wraps, Linney privately welcomed her son Bennett in 2014. Two years later, she told Daily Mail, "I was an older mother-to-be, and it had taken me a very, very long time to have a child, so I wanted to make sure that my child actually arrived, and was safe and healthy."
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24. Uma Thurman, 42
Thurman, who shares two children with ex-husband Ethan Hawke, welcomed her third child with former fiancé Arpad Busson in 2012. Per Yahoo Entertainment, she described the experience of welcoming her third child as "a joy.” She added, "It's interesting actually. Everything feels new.”
25. Olivia Munn, 41
In November 2021, Munn welcomed her first child, Malcolm, with comedian John Mulaney.
In an Instagram Story, the X-Men: Apocalypse star got candid about post-partum life and wrote, "I'm so so happy and at the same time I'm struggling (weird to feel both simultaneously, yet so grateful to have all the happiness to keep me afloat)."
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26. Naomi Campbell, 50
The famous supermodel surprised her fans on Instagram by announcing that she welcomed her baby boy in May 2021.
In a post that has since been removed, she wrote, "A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother, So honored to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel. There is no greater love."
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27. Christina Ricci, 41
The actress gave birth to her daughter, Cleopatra, in December 2021. She shares her 1-year-old with Mark Hampton, and also has an 8-year-old son with her ex-husband, James Heerdegen,
Following the birth of her daughter, Ricci shared a video of the newborn and wrote, "Baby Cleo is here. We are so in love with her."
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28. Mena Suvari, 42
The American Pie star and her husband, Michael Hope, had their first child together in April 2021. And for Suvari, the pregnancy felt a bit surreal.
In 2020, she told People, "It's still this process for me of believing it and accepting that something this beautiful could happen for me. It's been a very emotional experience. It's very weird finding out—I was like, I can't believe it!"
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29. Michelle Williams, 42
The My Week with Marilyn actress has three children, and she welcomed baby number three in October 2022.
She told Variety, "It's totally joyous. As the years go on, you sort of wonder what they might hold for you or not hold for you. It's exciting to discover that something you want again and again, is available one more time. That good fortune is not lost on me or my family."
30. Maya Rudolph, 41
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The SNL standout gave birth to her fourth child, daughter Minnie, at age 41—and had a home birth, too. And we thought she’d never top this mommy moment.