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.