It’s an unfortunate fact of biology that the older you get, the harder it becomes to get pregnant naturally. In fact, Jennifer Aniston He recently opened up about his fertility problems in his 30s and 40s; even after trying IVF on her, she was unfortunately unable to get pregnant.
But just because you’re in your 30s or 40s doesn’t mean you should rule out having a baby. In fact, more than 100,000 people over the age of 40 give birth every year—and this number includes a handful of well-known celebrities. Whether through IVF, surrogacy, or natural conception, here are 14 celebrities who have gone through “geriatric pregnancies” and had babies over the age of 40.
1. Halle Berry
At 41, the actress gave birth to her daughter, Nahla, and six years later welcomed her youngest son, Maceo. Being pregnant at 47 was surprising, as Berry admitted in a interview:: “I was really, you know, a little premenopausal, so for this to happen was a big [shock].”
Already a mother of two, Jennifer Connelly had her sons Kai (from a previous relationship) and Stellan (with husband Paul Bettany) before her 40th birthday. When Connelly was 40 years old, she and her husband welcomed a daughter, Agnes Lark.
3. Uma Thurman
At 42, the actress welcomed her third child, a daughter named Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson (known as Luna). With her ex-husband Ethan Hawke, Thurman has two other children: a daughter Maya and a son Levon.
Geena Davis didn’t become a mother until she was in her 40s, giving birth to her first daughter, Alizeh, at 46 with her partner at the time, Reza Jarrahy. At 48 years old, she welcomed twin boys, Kian and Kaiis. Davis and Jarrahy are no longer together.
5. gwen Stefani
Already the mother of two sons, Kingston and Zuma, the singer and ex-husband Gavin Rossdale welcomed a third child, Apollo, at 44. Stefani said in a interview that the birth of Apollo was a “miraculous surprise”.
6. Caitriona Balfe
After keeping her pregnancy a secret, stranger Actress Caitríona Balfe gave birth to a son at the age of 41 with her husband Tony McGill. in a instagram post, she wrote: “’I’ve been off social media for a while because I was taking some time to enjoy cooking this little human…. We are so thankful for this little soul.’”
7. Marcia Cruz
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the Desperate housewives star welcomed twins Eden and Savannah at age 44 via IVF. Cross and her husband tried to conceive before they got married, but when it didn’t happen right away, they decided to seek fertility treatment the week after their wedding.
At the age of 41, the singer gave birth to twins, a Moroccan boy and a girl, Monroe, with her then-husband, nick cannon. She previously experienced fertility problems and had a miscarriage in 2008. Carey used fertility treatments and acupuncture to help her get pregnant.
9. Eva Mendes
The actress was 40 years old when she became a mother. In 2014, Mendes and her husband, Ryan Gosling, welcomed a daughter, Esmeralda. In 2016, she gave birth to another girl, Amada.
10. Molly Ringwald
After having her first child in her mid-thirties, the ’80s movie star suffered from secondary infertility. At the age of 41, she became pregnant again and gave birth to twins: a daughter adela and a Roman son.
eleven Nicole Kidman
Following an ectopic pregnancy, Nicole Kidman and her ex-husband, Tom Cruise, decided to adopt two children in the mid-1990s. At age 41, Kidman and her husband Keith Urban welcomed a daughter, Sunday Pink. Two years later, the couple decided to have another child through surrogacy, which resulted in another daughter, Faith Margaret.
12. Naomi Watts
The British actress had her first child, a son named Alexander “Sasha” Pete, at 38 with her boyfriend, Liev Schreiber. Then, at age 40, she gave birth to another boy, Samuel Kai.
Already the mother of two daughters and a son, the Oscar-winning actress welcomed a fourth child, Louisa Jacobson, at age 41 (just 10 days before Streep turned 42).
Jackson became pregnant at age 50. While she didn’t share too many details of her pregnancy with the public, she did welcome a son, Eissa, and now she’s embracing motherhood at age 50.