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Ten Celebrities Who Became Moms at 40+

If you’re a woman in your 40s trying to conceive, it might feel like you are battling the odds. Whenever you’re feeling like there are endless roadblocks on your fertility journey, remember that having children in your 40s isn’t an impossible feat.

May 21, 2021
Annabeth Collis

For prospective mothers approaching their 40s, it can be disheartening to think about your chances of conceiving decreasing as you get older. Career demands, relationship timelines, and other life circumstances can sometimes prevent a woman from having children in her 20s or 30s. 

However, conceiving at or around the age of 40 is by no means impossible. If you are a prospective mother in your 40s, you might be interested in reading about some pregnancy success stories from other women your age.

Here are 10 celebrities who can serve as inspiration for you as you continue on your fertility journey. 

a tub of popcorn next to a clapperboard
Many famous women from the stage and screen have gone through their own fertility challenges. 

Actresses

On and off the screen, these women are inspiring — both as professionals and as mothers. 

1. Julianne Moore

Actress Julianne Moore gave birth to her son, Caleb, in her late 30s. Five years later, she gave birth to her daughter, Liv, at the age of 41. 

For Moore, family is a top priority. Even with her busy schedule, she does her best to spend as much time as possible with her husband and two children. 

“The four of us spend a lot of time together,” Moore said in an interview. “So I think, as a parent, that’s all you can do: make your family a priority and spend time with each other.”

2. Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts is the mother of two boys — Sasha and Kai. Having Sasha when she was 39 and Kai when she was 40, Watts is no stranger to the stresses of pregnancy and parenting.

For Watts, being a good parent is all about balance. The challenges of parenting can be overwhelming at times, and Watts recognizes that taking time for yourself can be essential for staying healthy and positive.

"That's just the reality, and you have to forgive yourself on the days that you need to take that time for yourself and create that space," Watts told People

3. Halle Berry

Halle Berry was 41 when she welcomed her first child, daughter Nahla, into the world. Then, when Berry was 47, she gave birth to her son, Maceo. 

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Berry spoke about the surprise of her second pregnancy. 

“I was really, you know, kinda premenopausal, so to have this happen was a huge [shock]," Berry said. 

4. Nicole Kidman

The Big Little Lies actress has talked very openly about her infertility struggles. 

After experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, a miscarriage, and adopting two children, Kidman gave birth at the age of 41 to her biological daughter, Sunday Rose.  

While Kidman has never discussed whether or not she used IVF to become pregnant, she has spoken about her extensive efforts to conceive.

"I've done all the stuff you can possibly do to try to get pregnant,” Kidman said in an interview. “So, the way it just happened with Sunday was like, 'What?' The percentages were so low. It is the miracle in my life."

5. Meryl Streep

While many people might be familiar with this Oscar-winning actress’ extensive career, people may be unfamiliar with Streep’s four children. 

Streep gave birth to her youngest child in 1991, right before she turned 42. 

Because Streep has not publicly discussed her pregnancies, it is still unknown if Streep encountered any challenges conceiving in her 40s. 

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As mothers and as models, these women have demonstrated poise and openness when talking about their infertility journeys. 

Models

These women aren’t just models of fashion — they’re also inspiring models of motherhood.

6. Christie Brinkley

In 1998, Christie Brinkley gave birth to her third child, daughter Sailor Lee. At the time of Sailor’s birth, Brinkley was 44 years old.

Since then, Brinkley has revealed that she and husband Peter Cook experienced various miscarriages before they were able to get pregnant using IVF. 

7. Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe was 42 years old when she announced that she and husband Rodger Berman were pregnant with their second child, Kaius, in 2013.

According to a 2013 interview with She Knows, Zoe was unsure if she would be able to get pregnant again, before Kaius. While trying to get pregnant a second time, Zoe emphasized that they would be “blessed” to have another child.  

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While it’s common for mothers to sing to their children, these celebrity mothers are also professional music makers. 

Musicians

8. Celine Dion

After multiple failed IVF cycles, Celine Dion gave birth to twin boys, Eddy and Nelson. Dion was 42 at the time of her sons’ birth.

Notably, Dion’s fertility challenges existed before the birth of her twins. Before giving birth to her eldest son, René Charles, Dion struggled to conceive for six years. After facing this setback, Dion sought out the help of a fertility specialist.

According to an interview with Good Morning America, Dion was determined not to give up when trying to conceive in her 40s. 

"It's priceless,” Dion said. “So, you know what? We had a miscarriage. We tried [IVF] three more times. It did not work. ... We are trying again for the fifth try. It's aboard right now. All aboard.”

9. Gwen Stefani

Stefani was 44 years old when she and then-husband Gavin Rossdale had their youngest son, Apollo. 

In a 2015 interview with Seth Meyers, the Grammy-winning singer described her son as a “miracle” baby. Apollo is Stefani’s third child, following her other sons, Kingston and Zuma. 

10. Janet Jackson

In 2017, Janet Jackson gave birth to her son, Eissa, at the age of 50. 

According to one of Jackson’s representatives, the singer had a “stress-free, healthy delivery.” 

Jackson has kept the other details of her pregnancy private, but this much we do know: the singer has been managing motherhood and her career in her 50s. 

a red car driving towards the Hollywood sign
Across all parts of the entertainment industry, women in their 40s have had similar experiences when it comes to raising children and starting a family.  

If you’re a woman in your 40s trying to conceive, it might feel like you are battling the odds. However, it’s important to remember that you have a lot of options in terms of fertility treatment and assistance. Whenever you’re feeling like there are endless roadblocks on your fertility journey, remember that having children in your 40s isn’t an impossible feat. 

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