Turning 40 doesn’t mean the clock has stopped when it comes to having kids. So many women are starting or growing their families later in their lives these days, and there are plenty of celebrities who are also in on the trend. These ladies are showing us that it’s possible to build a steady career and professional life, but still make time to start a family.
Stars like Halle Berry, Gwen Stefani and more have welcomed children after 40, or even just started having kids at that age. They’ve proven time and again that age is merely a number when it comes to motherhood, and being able to provide a warm, safe environment for their children to grow up in. Let’s take a look at these amazing moms who welcomed little ones after 40.
American Beauty star Mena Suvari announced on Oct. 17, 2020 that she’s pregnant with her first child. The 41-year-old revealed that she and her husband, Michael Hope, will be having a baby boy next spring. “It’s still this process for me of believing it and accepting that something this beautiful could happen for me,” she gushed to People. “It’s been a very emotional experience.” Mena and Michael began trying for a baby at the beginning of 2020, but had trouble conceiving. When Mena did finally get pregnant, it came as a total surprise — because it happened when she stopped stressing and trying so hard! Mena Alexandra Suvari (born February 13, 1979) is an American actress, fashion designer, and model. She began acting in guest roles on 1990s television programs such as Boy Meets World and High Incident.
Halle Berry is famous for so many accomplishments. She’s the first Black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role, she’s become an inspiration through her fitness Friday Instagram posts, and she’s a loving, devoted mother of two youngsters. Halle welcomed her first child, daughter Nahla, in March 2008 at the age of 41. At 47, Halle welcomed her second child, son Maceo. Now at 54, Halle is still balancing her career as a filmmaker and actress all while prioritizing bonding time with her kiddos!
Devoted fans know that Gwen Stefani, 50, is a dedicated mother to three young boys — Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, 6. But because she is positively ageless, fans might not be aware that Gwen welcomed her six-year-old son at the age of 44! That’s right, the No Doubt frontwoman was, as expected, quite surprised when she learned that she was pregnant in her mid-40s. Nevertheless, the singer, who shares her three sons with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale, has proven that her age has in no way hindered her from being a present figure in her kids’ lives.
Gwen Renée Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, actress and television presenter. She was born on October 3, 1969 in Fullerton, California. She was raised in Anaheim, California. She has millions of fans around the world. She is a member of the band No Doubt, and has also released two solo albums. One of her biggest hits is Hollaback Girl.
Much like Gwen and Halle, Salma Hayek is simply ageless. But the accomplished actress took her time meeting the right partner, welcoming her child, and then getting married! Salma and her husband, François-Henri Pinault, welcomed their daughter, Valentina Paloma Pinault, in September 2007. The couple later got married on Valentine’s Day in 2009. We can’t help but think that the date of their wedding might have been influenced by their daughter’s romantic name!
Salma Hayek Jiménez (born September 2, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated Mexican actress, Emmy-winning director, movie producer and television producer. She is the most successful Latin-American actress in Hollywood since Carmen Miranda. Hayek has appeared in more than thirty movies and worked as an actress outside of Hollywood in Mexico and Spain.
Celine Dion is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished women in music, but when it comes to her private life, the “My Heart Will Go On” songstress chooses to keep details close to her heart. But at the age of 42, after a number of IVF treatments, heartache and discouragement, Celine and her husband, René Angélil, welcomed twin boys Eddy and Nelson. Celine also has another son, René-Charles Angélil, born in 2001. Sadly, Celine’s family lost an important member when the singer’s husband and longtime manager passed away in 2016. The singer, though, has remained such an inspiring, resilient figure and we cannot help but continue to love her!
Céline Marie Claudette Dion born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian singer. She was born in the town of Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. She is the youngest of 14 children. Her parents were television personality Thérèse Dion (1927–2020) and businessman Adhémar Dion (1923–2003). When she was 12 years old, her brother sent a recording to a manager named René Angélil. With his help, she released her first album in 1981, and her first English album in 1990. In 2007, she performed a show with Elvis Presley, which was arranged on the computer with old images from Elvis shows. It had been arranged for the TV show American Idol.
Upon trying to conceive her second child with her husband Chris Henchy, actress Brooke Shields sought out IVF treatment. After rounds of trials, Brooke was ready to call it quits. Fortunately, Brooke and Chris learned that they would be the parents to a beautiful daughter, Grier, born in 2006 when Brooke was 40 years old!
Brooke Christa Camille Shields (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress and supermodel. She has been named one of People's most beautiful people in the world three times. Shields started being a model when she was 11 months old.
Longtime fans of Nicole Kidman know that the actress adopted two children with her former husband Tom Cruise during their marriage, after suffering a traumatic ectopic pregnancy. But by the time Nicole was married to Keith Urban, she became pregnant and went to full term with her first daughter, Sunday Rose in 2008 at the age of 41. Nicole has always been so candid about her struggles with infertility, doing everything she can to erase the stigma that plagues so many women. Just three years after Sunday was born, Nicole and Keith welcome their daughter Faith Margaret via surrogate.
Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Australian-American actress, singer and film producer. She began acting in movies in 1983. She starred in various Australian movies and television shows. Her first major role was in Dead Calm in 1989.
After already welcoming two children, Christie Brinkely‘s life totally changed when she had her look-a-like daughter, Sailor Brinkley Cook, at the age of 44! Like past famous mom’s, Christie also used IVF treatments to become pregnant with her daughter. Now, fans are always seeing double when the gorgeous mother-daughter pair are spotted together!
Christie Brinkley (born February 2, 1954) is an American model, actress, writer and designer. She was born Christie Lee Hudson in Monroe, Michigan. She moved to Los Angeles, California and changed her surname to that of her stepfather, writer Don Brinkley (1921–2012). She has appeared on magazine covers many times and has a long contract with CoverGirl (the longest of any model in history). All her four marriages ended in divorce. Her second marriage was to singer Billy Joel and lasted from 1985–1994. Their daughter Alexa Ray Joel (born 1985) is her eldest child and is a musician. Brinkley also has a son by her third husband and a daughter by her fourth.