When a celebrity starts her journey into motherhood, the public can't help but tune into every move. From her maternity style, to her medical issues, to her cravings, the public likes to keep a close eye on A-list moms-to-be. This is especially true for celebrity moms who give birth later in life. Because there are more considerable health risks with having a child at a later age, the celebrity moms who gave birth after 40 seem to wear a special badge. Not only are they celebrity mothers, they're mothers who maintained successful pregnancies later in life.
Though there are considerable health risks with having a child after the age of 40, it's becoming more and more regular as time goes on. Dr. Michele Hakakha told Parents that there are a multitude of reasons why women are choosing to have children later in life. "Many of us are completing advanced degrees, building a career or choosing to marry later in life," she says. "In fact, compared to 1970 (when 1 out of 100 moms was over the age of 35), today's number is 1 in 7." And there's a reason. Because even though there are health risks in having a baby later in life, research shows that the times are a changing, and so is the age at which women are having children.
“The numbers have really skyrocketed over the last two decades, as research has increasingly shown that older women are able to carry pregnancies and deliver babies safely,” Mark Sauer, chief of reproductive endocrinology at Columbia University Medical Center, told Health. Read on to see all the celebrity mothers who have helped those skyrocketing numbers.
1. Gwen Stefani
Rocker queen Gwen Stefani was 44 years old when she welcomed her third son, Apollo Bowie Flynn into the world. According to Us Weekly, Stefani had given up on having a third child a few years before Apollo came along, saying that everything happens for a reason.
2. Janet Jackson
In May 2016, ET Online reported that Janet Jackson was pregnant with her first child, just two weeks shy of her 50th birthday. The news came just after Jackson postponed the second leg of her world tour to focus on having a family with her husband Wissam Al Mana.
3. Alanis Morisette
4. Rachel Zoe
Rachel Zoe was 42 when she announced she was expecting again. She wrote on her site, "before we head into the chaos of fashion season, we wanted to take a moment to officially confirm that we are expecting another child." Zoe announced the birth of her healthy baby boy on Twitter, on December 22, 2013.
5. Halle Berry
Halle Berry became pregnant for the first time at 41 years old with her daughter Nahla, and became pregnant with her son Maceo, at age 46. Us Weekly reported that she opened up to Ellen Degeneres about her "geriatric pregnancy" on a visit to her show.
6. Kelly Preston
After losing their son Jett at age 16, Kelly Preston and John Travolta were thrilled when Preston delivered baby Benjamin at the age of 48. People reported that the couple was blown away by the birth of their new child.
7. Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes was 42 when she and Ryan Gosling welcomed their second child, Amada Lee into the world, according to People.
8. Marcia Gay Harden
People reported that Marcia Gay Harden welcomed twins Hudson and Julitta Dee in 2004, when Harden was 44 years old. The couple's also had a 5-year-old daughter at the time, Eulala Grace.
9. Alyssa Milano
Us Weekly reported that Alyssa Milano gave birth to her second child Elizabella in September 2014, when the actress was 41.
10. Tina Fey
Tina Fey gave birth to her second daughter at 41 years old. People reported on the birth of Penelope Athena in 2011.
11. Julianne Moore
The Chicago Tribune reported that Julianne Moore was 41 when she gave birth to her second child, Liv, in 2002.
12. Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek was 40 years old when she gave birth to her daughter, Valentina. Hayek opened up to People about her fears of never becoming a mother, and starting her family later in life.
13. Susan Sarandon
14. Lena Headey
Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey gave birth to her daughter in July 2015, according to Us Weekly. At the time, Headey was 41.
15. Amanda Peet
Amanda Peet welcomed her third child at age 43 in December of 2014, Us Magazine reported.
16. Kim Basinger
According to The Edit, Kim Basinger was 41 when she had her daughter Ireland when then husband Alec Baldwin.
17. Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields welcomed daughter Grier, in 2006 at the age of 41, according to People.
19. Celine Dion
After multiple rounds of IVF, Us Weekly reported that Celine Dion was 42 when she gave birth to her twin boys Eddy and Nelson.
20. Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton gave birth to her third child at age 41 in March 2014, which Newton announced on Twitter.
21. Molly Ringwald
In 2009, Molly Ringwald opened up to People about the giving birth to twins at age 41.
22. Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt was 40 years old when she gave birth to her daughter Makena, according to People.
23. Mira Sorvino
People reported that Mira Sorvino gave birth at age 44 to daughter Lucia.
24. Geena Davis
At age 46, People reported that Geena Davis gave birth to daughter Alizeh. She followed up in 2004, giving birth to twin sons Kian and Kaiis at age 48.
25. Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep had her fourth child, Louisa Jacobson Gummer, in 1991, just before turning 42. The Gainesville Sun reported on the birth.
26. Nicole Kidman
Though Nicole Kidman was already a mother to two children with her ex Tom Cruise, People reported that Kidman was pregnant with her first biological child at age 40 in 2008.
27. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe at age 42 in April 2011, People reported.
28. Marcia Cross
People reported that Marcia Cross gave birth to twin girls, Eden and Savannah, in February 2007, just before she turned 45. Cross opened up to People about how excited she was to become a mother.
29. Beverly D'Angelo
People reported that Beverly D'Angelo gave birth at age 49 to twins Anton and Olivia, with Al Pacino.
30. Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly welcomed her third child into the world in May 2011, according to Us Magazine. Connelly was 40 at the time.
31. Mary Stuart Masterson
Mary Stuart Masterson welcomed her first child at age 43. Then, People reported Matterson gave birth to twins at age 44 and a fourth child at age 46.
32. Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts started building her family in 2007, when she was 39, and welcomed her son Sasha into the world. A year later, at age 40, Watts welcomed son Samuel, according to The Daily Mail.
33. Maya Rudoplh
Though Maya Rudolph kept the details of her fourth child on the down low for almost a year, Us Weekly reported that Rudolph gave birth to daughter baby girl Minnie in 2014, when Rudolph was 41 years old.
34. Lisa Loeb
People reported that singer Lisa Loeb welcomed both of her children in her 40s, including her son Emet, who was born when Loeb was 44.
35. Nia Long
In 2011, Today's Parent reported on Nia Long's second pregnancy, which came as a surprise to the actres who was 40 at the time.
36. Jane Krakowski
People reported that Jane Krakowski gave birth to Bennett Robert Godley, her first child, in April 2011 when the actress was 42.
37. Jenna Fischer
Jenna Fischer welcomed her second child, Harper Marie, at age 40. Us Weekly reported on the birth in May 2014.
38. Annette Bening
The Chicago Tribune reported that Annette Bening has four children with Warren Beatty, and the youngest was born was Bening was 42.
The Guardian reported that Madonna gave birth to son Rocco in August 2000, when Madonna was 41. Since then, she adopted David Banda at age 48, and Mercy James a year later.