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Pregnancy over 40

Updated on July 8, 2013

How old were you, when you gave birth to your first child?

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Getting pregnant after 40

It is a very personal decision whether to get pregnant after 40 or not, both spouse should be ready to take on responsibilities again. All Dos and Don'ts should be carefully weighed up and the decision should be mutual. So women, if you are healthy, financially secured and you are ready to experience what it's like to be pregnant over 40, there should be nothing to stop you, because your body knows better what is good or bad for you.

If you planning pregnancy in your 40s or found out that you are pregnant, don't be mad or scared, it's beautiful, parenting after 40 can be such a fascinating experience.

If you worry about “What will people say?”, who cares, it's your life, your baby and your decision.

There is one the most irritating remark to women who already have more than 1 child in a family is, “ Why would you want another baby at your age?”. My age? Hello, I'm not 60 years old yet.

It's not important what other people say, nobody have a right to judge you for your decisions, it's only up to you.

If you can give your child everything he needs, love, care, tenderness then why on earth you shouldn't have another baby? Parenting is not for everyone.

Celebrities during pregnancy and after

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Would you consider to have a baby after 40?

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PROS of having a baby in your 40s?

The biggest advantage of getting pregnant after 40 is that you are emotionally and financially stable, you have experience from bringing up your younger kids. You had time to make career, which means you are financially secure.

As an experienced mum, you will feel more confident in making wise decisions based on your knowledge.

As an example of happy parenting over 40, there are many famous women who gave birth in their 40s.

16 CelebritiesWho Became Moms after 40

Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger gave birth to her only child at age 42, a daughter, Ireland Baldwin


Madonna gave birth to her first child daughter Lourdes at age 40, and gave birth to son Rocco at age 42.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez gave birth to twins - a son Max and a daughter Emme at age 39.

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey gave birth to twins - a son Moroccan Scott Cannon and daughter Monroe Cannon at age 41.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek gave birth to her first child - a daughter Valentina Paloma at age 41.

Nicole Kidman

In her 40 years, Nicole Kidman gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose from Keith Urban.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry gave birth to a daughter Nahla Ariela Aubry at age 42. In her 47 years, the actress Halle Berry is pregnant again by Olivier Martinez.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep gave birth to her fourth daughter Louise at age 42.

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman gave birth to a daughter from Arpad Byusson in her 41st year.

Marcia Cross

Marcia Cross — is a heroic woman. Her first birth occurred in 45 years, and she gave birth to two charming little daughter - Eden and Savannah

Celine Dion

42-year-old Celine Dion gave birth to twins in 2010.

Kelly Preston

John Travolta's wife Kelly Preston gave birth to a boy Benjamin at age 48.

Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox gave birth to daughter Coco at age 40.

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields gave birth to her younger daughter Grier in 2006 when she was 40.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore gave birth to her younger daughter Liv at age 41.

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon gave birth to a son, Miles, in 1991, when she was 46!

For those of you who are single in their 40s, it's time to reconsider your values and act, it's not late to fall in love, find your significant other, to have a baby and be happy. We all deserve it.

The birth of a baby — is a happy moment, and no matter how old is his/her mother. I want to wish to a future «late» mums, being cheerful and optimistic.

Everything is going to be great! You will give birth to a healthy baby!


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    • LongTimeMother profile image

      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      I became a new mother in my 20s, my 30s and my 40s! There is a 22 year age gap between the first and the last. It is interesting to have been a 'young mother' and an 'older mother'. There's advantages and disadvantages to both.

      The greatest disadvantage to having a baby in your 40s is that you are in your 50s and even your 60s while they are teenagers. I don't know about anyone else's kids, but mine have always been active. I'm roped into playing tennis and kicking the soccer ball and all kinds of activities that no doubt help keep me fit ... but I confess the idea of just sitting down for a whole day is still just a dream for me. lol.

      Perhaps it is all the extra exercise in later years that keeps older mothers so fit. :)

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      Amanda Jones 4 years ago

      Sure you'll be great, kids are the best gift of life, they bring sense and happiness to life. Wish you to have as many kids as youwant.

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      I'm quickly coming up on my mid-30s and have been worried about getting pregnant and having all of the babies that I've always wanted. This definitely made me feel a whole lot better. If all of those celebrities can have children in their forties, I'll be just fine! :)

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      Amanda Jones 4 years ago

      Hi izettl! I didn't mean that we should take celebrities for a modal, I thought it would be interesting to read about them. I totally agree with you parenting is not for everyone, it's for responsible and loving people, who are ready to sacrifice their youth and time for the benefit of their child.

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      Amanda Jones 4 years ago

      Hi Lisa, you are welcome, I genuinely enjoy reading your hubs, thank you for the reply. Hope we'll learn more from each other. All the best to you too.

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      Laura Izett 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I just read that giving birth over the age of 40 is a common factor in women who have lived to age 100 or more.

      Good hub!

      I do know one woman who had a 21 yr old son while at age 43 and then she had her second, but she is not on board with it- I think she wanted to be done with parenting and it was an oops. She acts like the child is a nuisance- it's very sad and it was the first child for the dad (at age 45) and they leave her with friends and family a lot so they can go on vacations and do things like they're without kids. I think no matter the age, there is a difference when the parent wants the kids or don't. Some people are to young or too old and have that mentality.

      But I don't think celebrities are the best example because many women I know waited because celebrities did and they found out they couldn't have kids or it was too hard to conceive naturally. Celebrities also have nannies so they don't do all the wake-ups at nights themselves and they have money as a cushion.

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      LKMore01 4 years ago


      I wanted to thank you for the very kind words in your fanmail. Thank you for reading my HUBs and I have learned and enjoyed reading your HUB 's. All the best to you.

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      Amanda Jones 4 years ago

      Thanks for reading, Tashaonthetown. I hope it does help someone.

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      Natasha Pelati 4 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub! Interesting info

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      Amanda Jones 4 years ago

      Hi Dora, you are welcome. I thought it would be an interesting subject to discuss, as many of us- women over 40 have kids.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the info on all these over 40 celeb moms. Celeb or not, it is likely that an over 40 mom will be a better mom for becoming one later than sooner. Health of mom and baby is the main concern. I admire these brave and sensible women. Voted Up!