How old is too old to have a baby? These days, with assistance from doctors, or help from surrogates, women are able to decide for themselves if they are ready for parenthood… even after age 45!
The celeb moms on this list did decide to embrace motherhood later in life. They’re enjoying motherhood to the fullest and giving their babies the benefit of decades of wisdom and life experience. While motherhood in middle age isn’t right for every woman, it seems to be working out beautifully for these caring, well-known mommies.
Some of these mommies were pretty busy rising to the tops of their professions during their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s, so they didn’t have children in those decades. Others had kids when they were younger and decided to do it again after they turned 45. While the energy of youth probably does make it easier to take care of babies and small children, lots of celeb women take excellent care of themselves, and their focus on exercise, nutrition, and wellness means that they have the energy to spare when it comes to caring for their little ones.
Motherhood is always a miracle and the celeb moms on this list know this better than anyone. They are all so grateful for the chance to nurture babies and then watch them grow up.
20 Janet Jackson Was 50
Janet Jackson gave birth to a baby boy named Eissa Al Mana when she was 50, according to Elitedaily.com. Doctors know that it’s not impossible to conceive naturally at this age, although it is rare. Most moms-to-be who want to get pregnant during their late 40’s or 50’s try IVF. IVF stands for in-vitro fertilization. Janet went the IVF route, according to sources, and had a healthy and happy pregnancy. She’s thrilled to have her son and would, apparently, like to have one more baby in the future. Janet is currently 52 and Eissa Al Mana is her only child.
19 Beverly D’Angelo Had Twins At Age 49
You may know Beverly D’Angelo as the mom, Ellen Griswold, in the Vegas Vacation movie. Ellen Griswold is her most famous role and she’s played that role more than once. In her late 40’s, she took on a challenging, but fulfilling new role: she had twins with former boyfriend Al Pacino. She was 49 when her babies were born.
The couple wasn’t married and they stopped their romantic involvement shortly after their twins were born, according to Closerweekly.com. This was tough on Beverly, who relied on a support system of staff and friends in order to cope. After the split, Beverly and Al Pacino eventually found ways to co-parent peacefully. Today, their twins are teenagers.
18 Geena Davis Was 48
When actress, Geena Davis, who starred in Thelma and Louise, was 48 years old, she gave birth to twins, according to the Nydailynews.com website. Their father was Geena’s former hubby, who is a craniofacial surgeon. The twins were named Kaiis and Kian and they were born back in 2007. Geena also had a daughter named Alizeh, who was born in 2002. She was 46 when Alizeh was born.
These days, Geena enjoys motherhood and also puts tons of energy into worthwhile causes. She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which is all about supporting females of all ages and inspiring them to achieve.
17 Nancy Grace Gave Birth At 48
Nancy Grace isn’t open about exactly how she conceived her twins, who were born when she was 48, according to Goodhousekeeping.com, but she has a good reason for keeping things to herself. She wants to be the one who tells her children about their conception.
Nancy did carry her twins to term herself… and experienced a lot of pregnancy complications along the way. She decided to try for babies after marrying her hubby, David, who is an investment banker. Nancy had basically given up on marriage and babies before David came along. Today, she’s ecstatic to be the mother of a son and daughter.
16 Halle Berry Was 47
Halle Berry described herself as “premenopausal” when she discovered that she was pregnant at the age of 47, according to the Dailymail.co.uk website. Halle hadn’t believed that pregnancy was possible at her age, especially since she was on the cusp of menopause, so news of her pregnancy was startling, but a happy surprise. She already had a daughter, Nahla, whose father is male model Gabriel Aubry.
The father of her second child is actor Olivier Martinez. Halle is no longer romantically involved with either baby daddy, however, Halle’s second child was a son. His name is Maceo and he was born in October of 2013.
15 Rachel Weisz Got Pregnant At 48
Rachel Weisz is very happy with her hunky hubby Daniel Craig, and they now have a baby daughter. Rachel is already a mother to a son by former hubby, Darren Aronofsky, who directed Black Swan and other notable films.
Rachel was 48 years of age when she conceived a child with Daniel Craig. Her “later in life” pregnancy got plenty of media attention. Rachel and Daniel try to keep their private life private, so they haven’t splashed pictures of their baby across social media or magazines. However, the paparazzi are always lying in wait, trying to get pictures of the baby. Rachel did reveal that her daughter looks very much like Daniel Craig, though!
14 Kelly Preston Was 48
Kelly Preston and her husband John Travolta spent a long time grieving when they lost their precious son, Jett, who passed away when he was 16, according to Etcanada.com. Kelly and John also have a daughter named Ella Bleu. To try and heal from the loss of their son, Kelly and John decided to give parenthood another try. Jett could never be replaced, but the birth of a new baby would help them to bring more happiness into their lives. Kelly was 48 when she gave birth to a son named Benjamin. When Kelly found out she was expecting, she told John right away and both of them were so happy, they cried.
13 Brigitte Nielsen Was 54
At the higher age of the pregnancy age scale, we find Brigitte Nielson, who rose to fame when she appeared in the film, Beverly Hills Cop II. Brigitte got dragged online when she announced her pregnancy, but she was defiant, according to Theguardian.co.uk website. She figures it’s her life and she can choose how she wants to live it. It’s hard to argue with that.
Nielson underwent IVF to become pregnant with her miracle baby, whom she named Frida. Brigitte was a mother of four before baby number five came along. Nielson was once the wife of actor, Sylvester Stallone, but he’s not the father of her youngest child.
12 Holly Hunter Was 47
Holly Hunter is amazing as Elastigirl in The Incredibles animated film franchise, and she decided to embark on motherhood for the very first time when she was 47. Holly became pregnant with twins later in life. Her babies were born in January of 2006, according to En.wikipedia.org. The babies are both boys who were named Press and Claude.
One interesting fact about this hard-working, talented, and successful actress is that she can’t hear in one ear. Another is that she had to sleep in NYC parks, once upon a time, before she made her dreams of being an acclaimed actress come true. Now, she lives in Brooklyn with her family.
11 Laura Linney Was 49
Laura Linney is unforgettable in so many roles, including her part in Love, Actually. She always disappears into her roles. In real life, she’s a loving mother to a little boy who was born when she was 49. Although Laura is very private when it comes to her son, she did post an adorable pic of him (with his face turned away from the camera) playing a memory game. She said that her little boy beat her at the memory game, by two points!
Linney is clearly loving motherhood in middle age. She’s cherishing every special moment. According to Theguardian.com, she tried to conceive for years, without success, before giving birth to her son, Bennett.
10 Jane Kaczmarek Was Almost 47
Jane is used to achieving her goals later in life. She always achieves those goals in the end, including making the dream of becoming a mother come true. This gifted (and funny) Malcolm in the Middle actress didn’t appear onscreen until she was in her 30’s. Her first child was born when she was 42 years old and her third was born when she was almost 47. Her third child was a daughter that she named Mary.
Motherhood is something that Jane treasures. She won’t do acting projects unless they allow her ample time with the kids. She’s invested in being there for her children as much as she possibly can, according to Mom.me.
9 Sophie B. Hawkins Was 50
Sophie was a very popular singer during the ’90s, who had a couple of big hits, including, “As I Lay Me Down.” During the summer of 2015, Hawkins welcomed a new baby into her life. Sophie was 50 when her daughter was born. She called the baby Esther and she was the singer’s second child, according to Usmagazine.com. Her first child is a son called Dashiell, who was born in 2008.
Sophie felt healthy and happy during pregnancy but had some concerns about how her son would adapt to not being an only child anymore. She says that the transition actually strengthened her bond with her firstborn.
8 Helen Fielding Was 48
How can we not adore the author of the Bridget Jones books? This author is Helen Fielding and her novels have made millions of people happy. Her witty and wacky heroine, Bridget Jones, went on to experience motherhood, and so did Helen Fielding. Helen is currently 61, according to Wikipedia, and she gave birth to her first child (a son named Romy) when she was 43. She was 48 when her second baby, a daughter named Dash, came along.
Tragically, the father of Helen’s children has passed away. Helen’s romantic relationship with him had ended before he passed away, but they remained friends.
7 Mary Stuart Masterson Was 47
Mary Stuart Masterson loves posting pics of her kids to her official social media accounts. She’s a proud and loving mom who gave birth to her youngest child when she was 47. She has made it easy for her kids to be themselves and experiment with life. They’ve been pictured doing old-fashioned, creative things at home, such as making things out of cardboard boxes. Nature walks are also a popular and healthy pastime.
Mary Stuart Masterson is well-known for her role in the John Hughes-directed classic, Some Kind of Wonderful. Now that she’s older, she’s enjoying life with her children and hubby.
6 Cheryl Tiegs Was 52
Cheryl Tiegs was one of the original Cover Girl cosmetics models and was also a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model. According to Popsugar.com, Cheryl Tiegs had help from a surrogate to make her dreams of becoming a mother at age 52 come true.
When Cheryl was 44, she gave birth to a baby boy named Zack, whose father is the son of the late Hollywood legend, Gregory Peck. Cheryl then married a yoga guru named Rod Stryker, although that relationship ended in 2001, so you could say she’s very into motherhood, as well as meditation, these days. Her twins were born via surrogate in 2000 and both are boys: Theo and Jaden. She also has had a son with Gregory Peck named Zachary.
5 Hoda Kotb Was 52
To make her dream of being a mom come true, Today Show co-host, Hoda Kotb, chose adoption. She was 52 when she brought her sweet little daughter, Haley Joy, home. Now, Haley Joy is a beloved member of the family. Kotb is a working mom, who is balancing motherhood and tons of work tasks. She handles it all with grace and she’s loving being a mom.
According to Usmagazine.com, becoming a mom gave Hoda a whole new lease on life. She developed a new sense of purpose. It’s great that this hard-working woman was able to become a mother later in life. She’s enjoying every single minute.
4 Katey Sagal Was 52
Katey Sagal is an amazing actress. She can do funny parts, like Peggy Bundy on Married… With Children, or switch to heavy drama, like the role of Gemma Teller Morrow on Sons of Anarchy. Katey became a mother again at the age of 52, although that was a little over 10 years ago for the older mom.
In 2007, she welcomed a newborn via surrogate. Before that, she’d given birth four times, but her first pregnancy ended in a tragic stillbirth. Her second and third pregnancies had happy endings, though. Katey’s written about her life and times in her memoir, Grace Notes. Check out the book if you want to learn more about Katey.
3 Kenya Moore Was 47
Kenya Moore was abandoned by her mom when she was just a child. Her grandmother raised her, so her early experiences scarred her and she put off motherhood as a result, according to Oprahmag.com. When it was time to try for a baby, she was later along in life than many women but determined to make it work. She and her hubby Marc tried IVF a couple of times, and while the first attempt failed, the second worked like a charm.
This Real Housewives of Atlanta star gave birth to a daughter named Brooklyn in 2018. Her delivery was tough, but she encourages other women to try IVF or other treatments if they are having fertility problems.
2 Audra McDonald Was 46
Broadway star Audra McDonald is currently 48, and she was 46 when she had her daughter, Sally James. Sally is Audra’s second child and the baby’s father is her hubby, Will Swenson, who is also a stage performer. Audra has a daughter named Zoe, from a previous relationship, according to En.wikipedia.org.
You may know Audra from her role on Private Practice. She’s a multi-talented actress and an amazing singer. She’s won so many Tony Awards for her stage work! These days, she’s loving motherhood the second time around. She says it takes a lot of help to keep all of the elements of her life working smoothly.
1 Kristin Davis Was 53
Lovely SATC star Kristin Davis decided to embrace motherhood by adopting a son when she was 53. She had previously adopted a daughter, where she lives with her kids in Los Angeles, according to En.wikipedia.org. Kristin’s loving motherhood and the paparazzi often capture her out with one or both of her children.
Her first child, Gemma Rose, was adopted in 2011. Before her first adoption, Kristin spent years dreaming of becoming a mother. With adoption, it’s often a long process with so much red tape. When all of the paperwork is finished and a child is brought home, it’s a wonderful thing.
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