Halle Berry Says Don’t Believe They Hype, Having Babies After 40 Can Be “More Meaningful”
Even though the idea of a woman having a child after a certain age is often met with concern and uncertainty (“geriatric pregnancies” is what they’re labeled, and they’re said to come with increased risk of complications), Halle Berry has nothing but good things to say about her experience birthing two children after 40. When asked what advice she would give to women considering trying to have children later in their lives, she told Us Weekly at a recent John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum premiere, “Do it. Just do it.”
“You’re so much more ready to be a parent after 40 than when you’re 20,” the 52-year-old said. “You know yourself better. You’ve done a lot of things for yourself, selfishly. When you wait later in life, you can really put your kids forward I think in a more meaningful way.”
It’s true that by the time Berry welcomed daughter Nahla at 41 and son Maceo at 47, she had already lived a pretty full life and even won an Oscar. By the time she made room for kids, she could appreciate what they brought to her life a lot more.
“I’m a much better mother at 46, or 41 when I had her, than if I were 21 or 25,” the star shared in 2012 about why she didn’t jump at the chance to be a mother in her 20s, when biologically, experts say it’s the best time to do it.
“[At that age] I was just a little baby just trying to figure out who I was, let alone having the responsibility of trying to help another little soul develop and grow,” she added. “I’m so glad I waited.”
Berry isn’t alone in lauding motherhood after 40. Hit the flip to see a few other well-known mothers who happily welcomed children later in life.
The 48-year-old broadcast journalist welcomed her first child, son Moses, in April.