Surprise Pregnancy For The Superstar
Pregnancy after age 35 is common in America, even for Hollywood superstars -- Halle Berry has announced that she is expecting her second baby with her fiance Oliver Martinez (his first) at the delightful age of 46. They have expressed surprise in the discovery but are both quite excited about their baby-to-be.
Older Hollywood moms
Halle’s first baby, Nahla, was born in 2008, which means that Halle was over 40 for that pregnancy too -- so she has experience as an “older” mom and has already gone through a pregnancy being of advanced maternal age. However, she and Oliver, who have been engaged for around a year, are looking forward to their new adventure. “I thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me,” she told CNN. “So it's been a big surprise and the most wonderful.”
She is definitely not the only celebrity mom who has gone through a pregnancy at age 40 or after. Kelly Preston was 47 when she and John Travolta welcomed baby Benjamin, Julianne Moore had a baby girl at age 41, Uma Thurman had a baby at 42, Nicole Kidman was 41 when Sunday Rose was born, Celine Dion had twins at age 42 and Tina Fey had her second child at age 41 -- and this list is certainly not exhaustive.
Pregnancy past 35
Pregnancy past age 35 isn’t inherently dangerous, but it’s at that point that the chances of a baby with a chromosomal abnormality like Down syndrome are equal to or greater than the risk of miscarriage during an amniocentesis. Also, some other medical issues may crop up if a mom is a little older, such as an increased risk of mom developing diabetes during her pregnancy.
Otherwise, pregnancy at a more mature age just may be a little more physically taxing -- I know the older I got, the more difficult it was for me to move around, for example. I’m now 39 and I seriously can’t imagine having a baby in 7 more years, but I’m not Halle Berry, I don’t have her level of fitness nor her fabulous body, so I can’t really say how she’ll do during this pregnancy. I do imagine, though, that her little one will be beautiful.
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