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11 celebrities who have had children after age 35

By Marni Dixit April 12, 2016
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Worried that your biological clock will stop you from having a baby after 35? While there is an increased level of risk for certain complications during pregnancy, more and more women are having children later in life

Don't worry if you are hoping to have a child in your late 30s (and onwards) though, it is possible and your pregnancy should progress as normal. Just remember every pregnacy is different, and if you're older than 35 you should still approach your pregnancy with optimism!

If you need some inspiration, here are some of our favourite celebrities who have had babies after the age of 35...

1. Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore mother of the dragons

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Drew was 37 when she and her husband, Will Kopelman, welcomed their first daughter, Olive, then had her second daughter, Frankie, shortly after turning 39.

The actress, now 41, told InStyle"I love the person who said, 'Parenting is like wearing your heart on the outside of your body.' It's the most beautiful, perfect analogy."

2. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez with her kids

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JLo had her twins at age 38, telling Elle Magazine that midway through her pregnancy after finishing a tour with her then husband, Marc Antony, she told him she needed him to take the reins.

"I said, 'I did the superwoman thing, I finished the tour – now I need you to take care of me,'" she said, also adding, "'I love doing things for you; if I'm not cooking, then I'm picking out a shirt. But this is the first time in my life where I'm just going to be a little bit selfish.'"  

"'I don’t know if I'm going to have kids again, so I want it to be a beautiful experience. I don't want to have any drama. I want to just be smiling every day.'"

3. Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani and baby

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Gwen Stefani confirmed her first pregnancy at age 36 in 2006 when she shouted into a microphone during a concert, "I want you to sing so loud that the baby hears it!"

Later that year son, Kingston, was born, then two years later, Zuma followed two years later when she was 38 and then at age 44 she gave birth to baby number three, Apollo Bowie, in 2014.

4. Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes turned 40 during her pregnancy with daughter, Esmeralda Amada, in 2014. Talk about amazing genes, that baby is also the daughter of Ryan Gosling!

Speaking to Violet Grey, Eva said about motherhood, "I'm completely exhausted," also adding, "I thought my wild nights were over but these are some of the wildest nights I've ever had."

5. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey and twins

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Mariah was 41 in 2011 when she gave birth to #dembabies, Moroccan and Monroe, with the singer later telling 20/20 she experienced a miscarriage in 2008 and used IVF and acupuncture to help her conceive and keep stress levels down.

She also said, "The main thing I did that was tough, was to go on progesterone like every month . . . and then when I was pregnant, I had to stay with the progesterone for 10 weeks. It minimizes the chance of miscarriage by 50 percent."

6. Tina Fey

Tina Fey

Tina Fey had her first baby, a girl, Alice Zenobia, at the age of 35, then her second baby, Penelope Athena, arrived when the actress was 41.

She wrote in her book Bossy Pants, "Science shows that fertility and movie offers drop off steeply for women after 40," luckily for her neither of those things are true!

7. Susan Sarandon

Eva Amurri and Susan Sarandon

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Susan Sarandon had her first daughter, Eva Amurri, at age 39 and then had sons Jack Henry at 42 and then Miles Guthrie at age 45. 

The actress is now a grandmother to Eva's daughter, Marlow, and spoke to Elle Magazine in 2014 about motherhood, saying: 

"If you can raise children that turn out to be people who you want to have dinner with, that’s great. I was 10 years older when I had Eva than she will be when she has her baby. She is in a very different position and she also has a very good mate. The only thing you can’t be overqualified for is parenting and it takes every ounce of creativity and stamina and imagination to have fun at it. I look forward to watching her get stuck with that. I look forward to being there to be the one that does all the things with the kids that they are not allowed to do.”

8. Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep with her daughters at the premier for The Devil Wears Prada

Meryl has four kids, a son, Henry, and three lookalike daughters, Mamie, Grace and Louisa.

The actress gave birth to both Grace and Louisa after age 35, when she was 37 and 42 respectively.

9. Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Nicole raised two kids in her 20s, Isabella and Connor, with Tom Cruise, and gave birth to daughter, Sunday Rose, at age 40 in 2008 (second daughter Faith Margaret was carried by a surrogate).

Speaking to Reuters she said:

"I raised two kids when I was in my 20s, but that was a different thing. I was a kid and still so young mentally and emotionally — a totally different mom. There is something about mothering late in life. A lot of it is I want to stay alive for Sunday. There is plenty of deep fear and emotion. Sunday has healed an enormous amount in me. It's a very private thing, but she just has."

10. Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts Liev Schreiber enjoy day on Sydney harbour

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Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber started building their family in 2007 with the birth of son, Sasha, when the actress was 39, then added to it the next year with son, Samuel, when she was 40 years old.

Naomi told News.Com.Au having children later in life has made her more anxious and concerned:

“The later you leave it [motherhood], the more books you read and, probably, the more neurotic you become.”

11. Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

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Janet confirmed her pregnancy to People last month, but first hinted she would be adding to her family in April when she postponed her tour. At the time she told fans she and husband, Wissam Al Mana, were, "planning a family."

Taking to Twitter this week, the 50-year-old singer, who has stayed silent on social media since August reached out to those offering her support during her pregnancy.

"Hey you guys.. It's been awhile.. but I'm still listening," she wrote.

"I feel your love and prayers.. Thank you.. and I'm doing well."

She added, "Al Hamdu Iillah," which translates from Arabit to, "Praise be to God."

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