Celeb moms over 40
With Janet Jackson and Eva Mendes in the news we take a look at other A-listers who've had kids after 40.
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It's entirely possible to fall pregnant once you're over 40. Your pregnancy will be considered high-risk because of your age but it certainly is possible to carry and deliver a healthy baby.

There seems to be a trend among career women to put off starting a family till later in life, whether it's for financial stability reasons or to climb the career ladder a bit for more security, many women have their reasons for putting this decision off. Some women only meet their partners later in life and often women struggle to have kids in silence, some eventually turn to IVF.

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With Janet Jackson announcing at 49 that she is expecting her first child, the spotlight has been shone on women who've become mothers after 40.

We take a look at some of Hollywood's stars who put motherhood off to a later date or just didn't stop their age from growing their families.

Eva Mendes

At 42, Eva Mendes welcomed her second child with Ryan Gosling, a daughter on the 29th of April 2016. The couple also have a 18 month old daughter called Esmeralda Amada Gosling.

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Gwen Stefani

Gwen has 3 sons with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale, Kingston, Zuma Nesta Rock and Apollo Bowie Flynn.

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Halle Berry

Halle has two kids, Nahla Ariela Aubry and Maceo Robert Martinez.

Giving birth to my amazing children were two of the greatest days of my life! Happy Mother's Day to all! ??

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Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston and husband John Travolta had son Benjamin when she was 48 after the death of their son Jett in 2009. The couple also have a teenage daughter Ella Bleu.


Salma Hayek

Salma has one daughter, Valentina Paloma Pinault.


Connie Britton

The Friday Night Lights alum and Nashville star adopted a baby boy, Eyob Britton.

Happy Mother's Day! Today I have been thinking a lot about my son's birth mother - quite possibly the greatest hero of my life. And of so many women around the world mothering under extreme and adverse circumstances. Being a mother is the dearest gift, the greatest journey, the wisest teacher, and the most difficult work in any lifetime. It should be a choice. And with that choice should come respect and support within every community and culture in the world. All mothers feel love. All mothers feel despair. All mothers feel deep responsibility, and with that, sometimes failure and sometimes fulfillment. We should worship them and forgive them. And lift them up as the queens they are. So says me. ;) I hope everyone is having a beautiful day and feeling the blessing of their own creation.

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Brooke Shields

Brooke has 2 daughters with husband Chris Henchy, 12-year-old Rowan and 10-year-old Grier.

Celine Dion

Celine and her late husband René Angélil, have 3 sons. 15-year-old René-Charles and 6-year-old twin boys, Eddy named after her favourite French songwriter, Eddy Marnay and Nelson named after South African President Nelson Mandela.

Molly Ringwald

Molly and her husband have a daughter, Mathilda (born 2003), and twins, Adele and Roman (born in 2009).

Helen Hunt

Helen and her partner Matthew Carnahan have 1 daughter Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan, born on May 13, 2004.

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Geena Davis

Geena has 3 children with Iranian-American plastic surgeon, Reza Jarrahy. Daughter Alizeh Keshvar Jarrahy (born April 10, 2002) and twin sons Kian William Jarrahy and Kaiis Steven Jarrahy (born May 6th, 2004).

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep's 3 older kids are all adults but she has a laat lammetjie in daughter Louisa born in 1991 when the actress was 42.

Family does come first.It always did and always will

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman has two adopted children with Tom Cruise, Isabella and Connor. But she had her biological daughters, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret with husband Keith Urban after she turned 40.

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey and ex-husband Nick Cannon have 5-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan.

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Mira Sorvino

Mira has 4 children: 2 sons and 2 daughters, the youngest of who was born when Sorvino was 45.

#flashbackfriday to last weekend and the last day on the slopes with my bunnies. What a lucky mamma am I!

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Lena Heady

Lena Heady has two kids, son Wylie born in 2010 and a daughter born in July 2015.

Off on our summer adventure... Sooo excited !!!

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Uma Thurman

Uma has 2 kids with ex-husband Ethan Hawke, daughter Maya Ray and son Levon. But her daughter with ex-fiance Arpad Busson, Luna Busson was born when she was 42.

Perfect Day

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Julianne Moore

Julianne and her partner have two kids, son Caleb born in December 1997 and daughter Liv born in 2002 when Moore was 42.

Grateful for this turkey.

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Naomi Watts

Naomi and husband Liev Schreiber have two sons, Alexander "Sasha" Pete born in 2007 and Samuel Kai in 2008.

My tribe #family xxx

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Alanis Morissette

While Alanis became a mom for the first time at 36, she announced in February 2016 that she is expecting her second child with husband Mario "Souleye" Treadway. She will be 41 when the new bundle of joy arrives.

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Alyssa Milano

Alyssa has a 4-year-old son, Milo and a 1-year-old daughter, Elizabella.

Happy Mother's Day! My heart is so full.

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