We’ve all heard the scare stories about aging and fertility, right? Before your biological clock threatens to explode in your ears, take a look at how old these celebs were when they had their first baby. Gives a little hope to the rest of us, eh?
Halle Berry – 41
After becoming pregnant for the first time at 41, Halle surprised everybody with the news she was expecting again at 46. “This has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth,” she said of the pregnancy. “I thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So, it’s been a big surprise and the most wonderful.”
Eva Mendes – 40
Eva hit a double-whammy: not only did she get pregnant at 40, but her baby daddy just happens to be one of the hottest dudes on the planet, Ryan Gosling. Jealous? Us? You betcha. “I cannot believe that by the time my mother was 24 she had three kids under the age of four. She was in Cuba and totally alone. So when it’s the wee hours of the night and I’m feeling a bit insane, I think about her and realise that I have no right to complain about anything.”
Alyssa Milano – 38
Alysso had son Milo, 3, at 38, and at 41 she gave birth to her second child, Elizabella. “I made a very conscious decision to just enjoy pregnancy, and have faith that my body will do what it’s supposed to do,” she said.
Gwen Stefani – 36
Gwen Stefani, 44, and Gavin Rossdale, 47, welcomed their third son, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale, in February 2014. They’re also parents to Kingston, 8, and Zuma, 6. Their third child was reportedly a surprise, with a friend spilling, “Gwen and Gavin were shocked. They weren’t trying — it just happened.”
Salma Hayek– 41
Salma, now 48, gave birth to her daughter, Valentina at 41. “It’s a little nerve-racking to wait that long, but it’s the best time…because you’ve done so many other things in your life.”
Nicole Kidman -40
Oscar award-winning actress Nicole Kidman, 47, gave birth for the first time to Sunday Rose at age 40. She described it as a “roller coaster ride with fertility”, and opted to have her second child via a surrogate.
Mariah Carey – 40
Mariah Carey, 44, became pregnant for the first time with twins, Monroe and Moroccan, at age 40. “My body went through so much,” she said. “Holding those twins in — you have to keep them in as long as possible. It’s a sacrifice you make for them. Literally I was like, 47-weeks pregnant. And anybody pregnant right now, there’s push gifts here. Tell your baby-father.”
Marcia Cross – 44
Desperate Housewives star, Marcia Cross, 52, gave birth for the first time to twins, Eden and Savannah, at age 44 via emergency C-section. “It’s a miracle I have these two daughters,” she said.
Jane Krakowski – 42
30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski, 46, gave birth to her first child, Bennett Robert Godley at 42. She described becoming a mum as “awesome.”
Susan Sarandon – 42
Susan Sarandon, 68, was told she’d never have kids due to her endometriosis. But she give birth to Jack Henry at age 42, and had her second child at 45.
Geena Davis – 46
The Thelma & Louise star, 58, had her first child at age 46. And she went on to have twins two years later.
Brooke Shields – 37
Brooke Shields underweight six round of IVF before having her first child Rowan at 37.