Pregnancy at age 46

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. 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.
She is definitely not the only celebrity mom who has gone through a pregnancy at age 40 or after.
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. 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.

Dr Grifo has helped many women in their 40s and 50s, and is currently treating a 46-year-old who got pregnant using the eggs she froze at 42. Forever young: Experts say that having a baby a bit later in life like Madonna (left), Salma Hayek (center) and Kelly Preston (right) can delay the onset of middle ageNicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker are among the stars who have publicly expressed gratitude to their surrogates or gestational carriers. 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.
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. 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.

Grifo admits that women face a huge double standard when it comes to later-in-life pregnancies. From Salma Hayek and Kelly Preston to Tina Fey and Madonna, the list of celebrities having children in their fifth decade keeps getting longer.  When it comes to having babies, many women in their 30s are used to hearing dire warnings about declining fertility and 'advanced maternal age'.

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