In the new issue of InStyle, Gwen Stefani frets that, at age 40, she may be running out of time to have another child. The American Academy of Reproductive Medicine would agree — by their estimate, at age 41, 29% of women are infertile. Wait! Step back from the windowsill! Fertility treatments and a positive attitude can greatly increase those odds. Just think: Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, and Annette Benning all gave birth at age 41 (on the flip side, Celine Dion, now that same age, has been candid about her futile attempt to conceive baby #2).
Check out a few more celeb success stories:
What’s in a name? Marcia Gay Harden and Marcia Cross both gave birth to twins at age 44. Cross had two girls. Harden – who also has an older daughter – got one of each, girl Julietta and boy Hudson.
Not only did Jane Seymour give birth to twins at age 45, she wrote a book about it! Two at a Time: Having Twins: The Journey Through Pregnancy and Birth chronicles her own pregnancy, and also offers advice to other women expecting a duo.
Mariska Hargitay had son August (above with husband Peter Hermann) when she was 42. As for balancing work with family, August quickly became a regular on the Law & Order SVU set.
Madonna welcomed Rocco, her son with Guy Ritchie, when she was 41 — and then went on to adopt two children, David and Mercy, from Malawi.
Lesson? Fertility is a roll of the dice (just ask Holly Hunter and Geena Davis, who both had twins at age 47!). And adoption is always an option. Especially if you have the means and resources of a megawatt international celebrity.
SEYMOUR PHOTO, Hargitay photo, Jim Cox, MADONNA PIC