Expecting at Every Age: Photos of Pregnant Celebrities, from Age 20 to 50
Chloë Sevigny’s announcement that she is expecting her first child at age 45 has reignited the conversation around the optimal age to get pregnant (or at least it’s sped up the running ticker tape of related thoughts in our minds). Do the post-40 pregnancies proliferating in Hollywood realistically reflect what’s possible for most women?
Let’s look at the data. In 2016, for the first time ever, more American women had babies in their early 30s than in their 20s. And the number of women becoming pregnant for the first time in their 40s continues to rise. Some studies even suggest that women who wait until their 30s to give birth may live longer, healthier lives. But at the end of the day, as these celebs age 20 to 50 show us, there is no “perfect” age to get pregnant—because every pregnancy is, in its own way, perfect.
1. Kylie Jenner, 20
“Pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering and life-changing experience I’ve had in my entire life and I’m actually going to miss it,” Jenner wrote in the Instagram post announcing the surprise birth of daughter Stormi. (The 11-minute video montage “To Our Daughter” capturing those secrecy-shrouded nine months has racked up nearly 90 million YouTube views.) “My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world,” Jenner wrote. “I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress-free and healthy way I knew how.”
2. Dev, 21
The platinum electro-pop singer (“Like a G6”) has said of life with daughter Emilia Lovely, with whom she became pregnant at 21: “I love being able to travel with my daughter or bring her to the studio or sit at home and watch Bubble Guppies for ten hours on repeat. But what’s really cool is that I get to go and still be sexy and still be [young] and still get to celebrate. I want my daughter, one day, to feel just as powerful and sexy. I can have family time and I can also wear hot pants and it’s f--king sick. That balance is awesome.”
3. Reese Witherspoon, 22
When the Oscar winner, now 43 and a mom of three, became pregnant for the first time, with daughter Ava, she was 22. “To be totally honest, it was scary,” she said in a video for her production company, Hello Sunshine. “I was scared. I didn’t know what it was going to do to my job or my career.” It was her support system—other new moms she met online—that saw her through. “I joined a yoga group of women—literally just randomly found it on the internet, and they have been some of my greatest supporters. They would tell me what preschools to look at. They would tell me when I needed to get vaccinations, and they would tell me just everything. To this day, I’ll say to them, ‘Hold on, when are the kids supposed to be applying for college?’” Of welcoming her third child, son Tennessee, at 37, she said, “Oh my God, having a baby at 37 was so much harder. This is just me being real. Everybody’s life experience, you have to do when it’s right for you.”
4. Hilary Duff, 23
“It was a little isolating in the beginning because I didn’t have any friends that had babies yet,” the Younger star has said of her first pregnancy, with son Luca, now 7 (she welcomed daughter Banks in October at age 31). “But I had been working for such a long time that it felt like a natural step for me. And I always knew I wanted to be a mom. And I always knew that was going to be my number one priority in life. So, I felt ready on some fronts and a little scared on others.”
5. Adele, 24
When the Grammy winner announced her pregnancy with now ex-husband Simon Konecki, her website crashed, making Angelo, now 7, the baby who broke the internet.
6. Cardi B, 25
Cardi B’s pregnancy with Kulture, now 19 months, was a time of highs and lows—and signature realness: “I don’t have not one good sonogram pic of my babe,” she tweeted. “She always hiding with her face in her hands, mean and stubborn like her daddy.” But this postpartum quote says it all: “No matter how many books you read or advice I get, ya’ll never be ready for mommy mode.”
7. Christina Aguilera, 26
Though she had intended to keep her first pregnancy, with son Max, now 12, private, Paris Hilton infamously let the news slip at a VMAs party. The pregnancy itself was a happy surprise: “We were planning on starting to try after the tour,” Aguilera told Marie Claire. “And so I had gone off the pill to prepare my body, because I didn’t know how much time it would take. You’ve heard it takes some time—except with Power Egg and Super Sperm here. ... I’m like, ‘Oh my God, can you believe it just happened?’”
8. Blake Lively, 27
Now a mom of three, the actress and hair icon announced her first pregnancy, with daughter James (dad is Lively’s husband, Ryan Reynolds), on her now-defunct lifestyle site, Preserve. “If I could spit out a litter of kids, I would,” Lively famously told Marie Claire—a sentiment her husband has echoed: “We’d love to have a big family. We both come from big families—my parents did four, Blake’s did five. A lot of people say it’s crazy, but we’ll only know when we’re there, you know? We’ll walk through that fire pretty happily, I think.”
9. Ciara, 28
Currently expecting her third child—her second with her NFL star husband, Russell Wilson—the singer welcomed her first child, Future Zahir, with ex-fiancé Future, in 2014. When she began dating Wilson, she was a mom with a 10-month-old. “It was different. I never had that feeling in my life,” she’s said of entering into her new relationship. “It was just like, it was calm…It’s a different level of love.”
10. Danielle Brooks, 29
The Orange Is the New Black star shared her happy news—and a shot of her positive pregnancy test—on Instagram at 20 weeks.
11. Bryce Dallas Howard, 30
After struggling with infertility and opening up about postpartum depression, the Jurassic World star became pregnant for the second time at 30. She said that she didn’t experience the same severity of PPD symptoms after the birth of her second baby, daughter Beatrice, in 2012.
12. Kate Hudson, 31
Though she more recently documented many beautiful moments from her third pregnancy on Instagram, life looked different for the Fabletics founder when she was 31 and expecting baby Bingham with rock star ex Matthew Bellamy. In the midst of morning sickness, she said at the time, “My friends all thought I was depressed because I wouldn’t leave the house. But I didn’t want anyone to know for a long time. I was just hoping that all of a sudden I could show up somewhere with a big belly.”
13. Ashley Graham, 32
The supermodel did pregnancy the same way she does everything else—with glamour, candor and heart. “Now all anyone wants to talk to me about is being pregnant,” she told Vogue. “There’s just this camaraderie. It’s a secret society that I didn’t know about.”
14. Kristen Bell, 33
The Good Place star became pregnant with her second daughter, Delta, at 33. But her postpartum post featuring #meshpanties made her, as far as we’re concerned, the greatest celebrity mom of all time.
15. Jennifer Garner, 34
When the actress was newly pregnant with her first daughter, Violet, her “faint” pregnancy test and then-doctor cast doubt on things. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I am. I’m telling you I am [pregnant],’” she recalled to Ellen DeGeneres years later. “So Violet’s 12, and I don’t use that doctor anymore, but I have her, so I won!”
18. Amy Schumer, 37
If there’s a golden age to get pregnant in Hollywood, it appears to be 37. Along with Schumer, Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway and Beyoncé all announced pregnancies at this age. Despite struggling with hyperemesis gravidarum, which also afflicted Kate Middleton for all three pregnancies, Schumer kept the laughs coming throughout her 40 weeks, captioning one bump shot: “Amy is still pregnant and puking because money rarely goes to medical studies for women such as hyperemesis or endometriosis and instead goes to things like d--ks not getting hard enough or old guys who want harder d--ks.”
19. Jenna Dewan, 38
Dewan is approaching her March 2020 due date, and her baby bump pics are still looking super glamorous. Back in September 2019, the then-38-year-old announced that she’s expecting her first child with her boyfriend, Steve Kazee. The duo confirmed the big news in an exclusive interview with People and said, “We are beyond overjoyed and couldn’t be happier to be expanding our family!”
20. Michelle Williams, 39
Williams, who welcomed daughter Matilda Ledger in her mid-20s, recently announced her pregnancy and her engagement to Fosse/Verdon director Thomas Kail. All this inspired her powerful Golden Globes speech about being free to choose when and with whom to have her children.
21. Eva Mendes, 40
The actress became pregnant for the first time with daughter Esmerelda at age 40. She and her husband, Ryan Gosling, went on to welcome a second daughter, Amada, two years later. Until then, she hadn’t felt a strong desire to become a mother. What happened? “Ryan Gosling happened,” she has said. “I mean, falling in love with him. Then it made sense for me to have…not kids, but his kids. It was very specific to him.”
22. Tina Fey, 41
Fey isn’t the only star for whom 41 was the magic number; Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry also got pregnant at that age. Of agonizing over her timeline, Fey wrote in Bossypants: “Science shows that fertility and movie offers drop off steeply for women after 40…What’s so great about work anyway? Work won’t visit you when you’re old. Work won’t drive you to get a mammogram and take you out after for soup. Hollywood be damned. I’ll just be unemployable and labeled crazy in five years anyway.”
23. Eva Longoria, 42
Said the TV star and producer of welcoming son Santiago in her 40s: “He was meant to be with me at this stage in my life. I’m more patient, and I don’t work as much—even though it doesn’t seem that way!”
24. Milla Jovovich, 43
Announcing her pregnancy on Instagram, the movie star and mom of two wrote: “Knocked up again. After I found out I was pregnant 13 weeks ago, I had a mixture of feelings ranging between complete joy and utter terror. Because of my age and losing the last pregnancy I didn’t want to get attached to this potential baby too quickly. That was obviously not fun and the last few months have been my family and I living on pins and needles waiting for a slew of different test results to come in and spending most of our time in doctors offices. Thank goodness we’re in the clear AND we found out that we’ve been blessed with another girl!”
25. Alanis Morissette, 44
Of her third pregnancy, the singer told Self: “I’m one of those women who actually enjoy being pregnant. I think one of the biggest parts of it is that I feel just sort of innately purposeful, in that even when I’m sitting still ... I’m still being productive. I’m still building a human being, which still boggles my mind.”
26. CHLOË SEVIGNY, 45
The ’90s style icon who rose to fame in the movie KIDS will soon be having a kid of her own. Dad is reportedly her boyfriend, New York art gallerist Sinisa Mackovic.
28. Geena Davis, 47
Of becoming pregnant in her 40s, Davis once said: “I felt 100 percent that I would be such a better parent than I would have been even five years earlier and certainly 10 or 20 years earlier. I’m sure there are younger people who have figured things out long before I did, but in my case, I became a parent with exactly the right person, at exactly the right time.”
29. Tamron Hall, 48
The daytime talk show host was trying to rebuild her career (after being let go from the Today show) while undergoing fertility treatments. In spite of this double difficulty, she told People, “Somehow, like Rocky, I kept getting up.” She welcomed son Moses last May.
30. Laura Linney, 49
The TV, film and Broadway veteran kept the details of her pregnancy private—until her rep confirmed she gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Bennett Armistead in January 2014.
31. Janet Jackson, 50
The pop legend became pregnant with her first child, a son named Eissa, at 50. “For someone like me, raised in show business where self-concern is always a priority, how fortunate I am now to be concerned, first and foremost, with the welfare of someone else,” she told Billboard of new motherhood.