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Tragic Week For Celebrity Moms: Naya Rivera, Kelly Preston, Lisa Marie Presley’s Son Ben

It has been a tragic week with deaths of celebrity women covered in the past or their relatives.

Yesterday, it was revealed that authorities recovered the body of Glee alum Naya Rivera who had apparently gotten swept in an undercurrent while swimming with her son Josey at Lake Pichu in California last week.  The 4-year old was found sleeping on the boat that his mom rented for their daytime excursion. When discovered, he told police that he and his mom went swimming but she didn’t come up.  Aftera a few days search, search and rescue crew knew where to look for Rivera after sharing that she 33-year old former child star had shared a photo of Josey posing in front of a particular cove in the lake.

Rivera was an experienced boater. The death may be ruled accidental drowning, despite earlier speculation that she might had committed suicide.

The day before this news, actress Kelly Preston was confirmed by her husband actor John Travolta. She succumbed to her two year battle with breast cancer. Preston was mom to three, incuding her son Jett who preceded her in death when he passed away at age 16, back in 2009. She later gave birth to son Benjamin at age 47, who now survives his mom along with his older sister Ella.

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Benjamin Keough, the grandson of Elvis Presley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 12, TMZ reported. His mother, Lisa Marie Presley‘s, rep Roger Widynowski said the singer is “completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated.”

“She adored that boy. He was the love of her life,” the statement continued.

 

56 Celebs Who Gave Birth After Age 40

It recently occurred to me that since 54-year old actress Brigitte Nielsen gave birth to her 5th child last year, I haven’t updated my growing list of celebrity women who gave birth over the age of 40.

It was about 40 when I last posted and since then we are up to 50! Here they are and if I missed any, please ping me in social media @Bellyitch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Thanks!

  1. ALYSSA MILANO was 41 in 2014 when she gave birth to daughter Elizabella Dylan Bugliari.
  2. ANA ORTIZ had just turned 40 when she gave birth to her 2nd child.
  3. ANNETTE BENING has four kids with Warren Beatty and gave birth to her youngest at age 42.
  4. AUDRA MCDONALD was 46 when she welcomed her surprise baby in 2016.
  5. BEVERLY D’ANGELO welcomed her twins at age
  6. BRIGITTE NIELSEN was 54 when she gave birth to her fifth child and first daughter, Frida, in June 2018.
  7. BROOKE SHIELDS underwent seven rounds of in vitro fertilization treatments. After these treatments, she gave birth to her first child, Rowan, at age 37. At the age of 40, she traditionally conceived her daughter, Grier, with husband Chris Henchy.
  8. CELINE DION was 42 when she gave birth to her twin boys
  9. CHERYL TIEGS had her first child, a son, at age 44.
  10. DOMINIQUE DAWES welcomed her fraternal twins, son Lincoln and daughter Dakota, in late January at age 41.
  11. EMMA THOMPSON spent several years trying to have a baby. She opted for in vitro fertilization treatments and eventually welcomed daughter, Gaiain her 40s.
  12. EVA LONGORIA was 43 when she welcomed her first child, son, Santiago.
  13. EVA MENDES was 42 when she gave birth to her second child with husband Ryan Gosling and 40 for her first.
  14. GERI HALLIWELL was 44 when she welcomed her son in 2017,.
  15. GWEN STEFANI was 44 when she welcomed her 3rd son, Apollo.
  16. HALLE BERRY had her daughter Nahla at age 41, and her son Maceo at age 46.
  17. HELEN HUNT gave birth to her first kid, Makenalei Gordon in May 2004, with boyfriend, Matthew Carnahan when she was 43.
  18. IMAN was 45 when she welcomed her second son with David Bowie.
  19. JAMIE PRESLEY had a set of twins at age right after she turned 40 last March.
  20. JANE KRACOWSKI surprised everyone when at 45 she had her first child, a son.
  21. JANE SEYMOUR was already a mother of four at the age of 45 when she underwent fertility treatments in her mid-40s after her divorce with former husband. She and her current husband, director James Keach, welcomed twins, Johnny and Kristopher in 1995.
  22. JANET JACKSON welcomed son Essia at age 50.
  23. JENNIFER CONNELLY was 43 when her 3rd kid, daughter Agnes, was born
  24. JERRY HALL, Ex-wife of singer Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones’ lead singer, gave birth to the last of her four children, Gabriel, at 41.
  25. JUDY REYES was 41 when she welcomed daughter Leila in 2009.
  26. JULIANNE MOORE gave birth to her similarly redheaded second child, Liv Helen, at age 41.
  27. KELLY PRESTON had her son Benjamin Travolta at age 48.
  28. KENYA MOORE welcomed her first child, daughter Brooklyn at age 47.
  29. KIM FIELDS was 44 when she and her hubby welcomed their second son Quincy.
  30. LAURA LINNEY welcomed her first child at age 49.
  31. LISA LING was 42 when she gave birth to her second child, daughter Ray in summer 2016.
  32. LISA LOEB quietly welcomed her 4th child at age 45, a son named Emet.
  33. MARCIA CROSS, star of Desperate Wives, gave birth to fraternal twins, Eden and Savannah, at age 44, with husband, Tom Mahoney, in February 2007.
  34. MARCIA GAY HARDEN was 44 when she gave birth to her twins
  35. MADONNA was 41 when she gave birth to her son Rocco.
  36. MARIAH CAREY was 42 when she welcomed her twin, Morrocan and Monroe.
  37. MARISKA HARGITAY was 42 when she gave birth to her first child, a son and later went on to adopt more kids
  38. MAYA RUDOLPH was 41 when she gave birth to her 4th child.
  39. MERYL STREEP was 41 in 1991 when she welcomed her last of 4 kids.
  40. MIMI ROGERS was 45 when she gave birth to her last child, a son.
  41. MIRA SORVINO was 44 when she welcomed her daughter Lucia and was 41 when she welcomed her son. She has 4 kids total.
  42. MOLLY RINGWALD was also in her 40s, age 46, when she welcomed her twins.
  43. MOMICA BELLUCCI, Italian actress, gave birth to her second child at age 45
  44. NANCY GRACE was 48 when she welcomed her twins, John and Lucy.
  45. NIA LONG gave birth to her second son when she was 41.
  46. NICOLE KIDMAN gave birth to her first child, Sunday Rose, at the age of 40 with her husband, Keith Urban.
  47. RACHEL ZOE was 42 when she welcomed her 2nd son, Kaius.
  48. RASHIDA JONES welcomed her first child, son, Sam at age 42.
  49. SALMA HAYEK gave birth to her first child, Valentina Paloma, at age 41, in September 2007 with her then-fiance, French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault. They later married in April 2009 before eventually divorcing.
  50. SUSAN SARANDON gave birth to her son, Jack at age 42. Three years later, she welcomed another son, Miles, at age 45.
  51. TAMIKA “TINY” HARRIS was 40 when she gave birth to her last child, daughter Heiress.
  52. THANDIE NEWTON had just turned 41 when she gave birth to her 3rd child, a son, Booker Jombe Parker.
  53. TINA FEY gave birth to her first child, daughter Penelope at 41, and a second daughter Alice two years later at age 43.
  54. TORI SPELLING was 43 when she welcomed her fifth child.
  55. UMA THURMAN was 42 when she gave birth to her first kid with beau Arpad Busson.
  56. VANNA WHITE gave birth to her daughter the same year she turned 40.

Model Brigitte Nelson, At Age 54 is Expecting A Baby

Model and TV personality Brigitte Nielsen just bested Janet Jackson who had a baby at age 50 when she announced she is expecting another child at age 54. The former Playboy bunny who is married to married to her 39-year-old husband Mattia Dessi revealed her baby news on her Instagram this week.

“Family getting larger,” she captioned one post cradling her baby bump and wrote in another “happy time positive vibes.”

The Surreal Life alum is already mom to four adult children 34-year old Julian, 28-year old Killian, 25-year old Douglas, 25 and 23-year old Raoul, 23, from previous marriages including one to actor Sylvester Stallone.

This will be Dessi’s first child.

What a time to be an older mom.

Currently, 48-year old actress Rachel Weisz is expecting with hubby Daniel Craig Another very advanced age celeb moms include actresses Geena Davis welcomed her twins Kian and Kaiss at 48,  Halle Berry delivered her son Maceo at age 47  and Kelly Preston had son Benjamin at 48. Sophie B. Hawkins also had a second child at age 50. 

‘Forty May be the New 30, But Our Ovaries Have Not Gotten the Same Makeover’

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Celebrity women like Janet Jackson, Uma Thurman, Nia Long, Kelly Preston  and Laura Linney may have a lot of women into thinking they too can have their first child in their later years.

Celebrities are braving the odds, though people should be cautioned that it is very rare, many older celebrities use expensive medical intervention to deliver their own babies and it’s not as easy as some may think.

According to the Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine, a woman in her 20s has a 20-25% chance of conceiving naturally per menstrual cycle. In her early 30s, the chance of pregnancy is 15% per cycle. After 35, the odds of pregnancy without medical intervention are at 10%. After 40, that number falls to 5%, and women over 45 have a 1% chance of conception.

“We see celebrities having kids seemingly without any problems and we have no idea what they went through,” Tanya Selvaratham relays in her new book “The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism and the Reality of the Biological Clock”. “We see the end result, but not the struggle.”

Forty may be the new 30, but our ovaries have not gotten the same makeover, columnist Wendy Sachs notes in an opinion piece about the advent of older celeb moms. Even with all the advances in reproductive technology, our eggs have a finite shelf life and the odds of having a child over 40 years old are shockingly slim.
A lot of women who delay starting a family unwittingly fall into the new statistic which states that the number of childless women in the United States today is growing.
About 18% of women in the United States don’t have children by the end of their childbearing years, according to a Pew study conducted in 2008,. In 2008, there were 1.9 million childless women between 40 and 44, compared with 580,000 in 1976.

Janet Jackson is Not the Oldest Celebrity to Have Given Birth Recently

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When Janet Jackson welcomed her son Essia this past Tuesday, January 3rd, she did not become the celebrity to have given birth at the oldest age. Jackson welcomed her newborn with husband Wissam Al Mana , an entire 4 months and 13 days before her 51st birthday which will be on May 16.

Singer Sophie B. Hawkins, best known for her hit “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover,” gave birth to her second child, daughter Esther Ballantine Hawkins, on July  7, 2015. She only had 3 months and 25 days to go before she turned 51 on November 1. In other words, Janet was 50 and 8 months old and Hawkins was 50 years and 9 months old when they each gave birth.

But who’s counting!?

Other celebrity women to give birth close to age 50 include Beverly D’Angelo who welcomed twins Anton and Olivia Pacino with Al Pacino at age 49. Actress Laura Linney was also 49 when she welcomed her son Bennett Armistead with Marc Schauer in January 2014.

After losing their 16-year-old son Jet in 2009, John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston tried for a third child. They were successful even though Preston would be 48 years old when they welcomed a baby boy, Benjamin, in November 2010.  Geena Davis was also 48 when she too gave birth to twins, sons Kian William and Kaiis Steven, in May 2004. She had her daughter Alizeh Keshvar at age 46.

Finally, Halle Berry said she was not expecting to get pregnant again when she got pregnant with her son Maceo with then-husband Olivier Martinez. She welcomed him in October 2013 when she was 47-years old.

 

2016 Primetime Emmy Awards: Our Fave Celeb Moms’ Red Carpet Moments

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The stars came out in droves for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held on Sunday, September 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Among the celebrites attending the 2016 Emmy Awards were several of our Bellyitch “Bumpwatch” alums and other celeb moms we’ve featured on the blog.

Several were nominated including Kerry Washington for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Movie or Series for her role as Anita Hill in HBO‘s Confirmation; Viola Davis, Claire Danes and Taraji P. Henson for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for their role as Annalise Keating in ABC‘s How to Get Away with Murder,  as Carrie Mathison in Showtime‘s Homeland and as “Cookie” in Fox‘s Empire, respectively.

Winners included Regina King who took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Terri Lacroix in the ABC drama American Crime.

During a red carpet interview, she reflected back 20 years to working in Jerry Macguire alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. right after giving birth to her son. The recalled how supportive everyone was on the set to her and allowed her time to breastfeed.

“Honestly I just had my son the month before we started shooting and just being able to be in an environment that embraced a new mom,” the Southland and 24 alum said. “And they took breaks when it was time for me to nurse and that’s what I remember. I remember being able to be an actress and still be a mom and that’s special.”

She now stars on the hit HBO show, The Leftovers, and has directed several episodes of Scandal, Being Mary Jane, The Catch and other television projects.

Ana Chumlsky’s show Veep won for best Comedy Series.

 

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Claire Danes  in a Schiaparelli dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, a Tyler Ellis clutch, and Forevermark jewelry.

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Regina King  in Elizabeth Kennedy dress and Dominique Cohen jewels.

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Padma Lakshmi  in  Naeem Khan dress and a Lorraine Schwartz ring.

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Heidi Klum  in a Michael Kors dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

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Neve Campbell  in a Christian Siriano gown.

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Kristen Bell is wearing a Zuhair Murad Couture gown, Brian Atwood shoes, Harry Winston jewelry, and a Jimmy Choo clutch.

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Minnie Driver is wearing Versace. Angela is wearing Rene Caovilla shoes andCoomi jewels.

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Tarji P. Henson is wearing a Vera Wangdress, Lorraine Schwartz jewels, and Jimmy Choo sandals.

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Amy Poehler is wearing a Pamella Rolanddress, vintage Beladora jewels, and Brian Atwood shoes.

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Viola Davis  in Marchesa dress, Harry Winston jewels, Tyler Alexandra Ellis bag, and Stuart Weitzman shoes.

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Kelly Preston in a mermaid floral crimson and black gown.

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Jane Krakowski  in a Bibhu Mohapatra dress, a Tyler Alexandra clutch, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Chopard jewels.

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Tina Fey is wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress, Brian Atwood shoes, Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Janet Jackson will Join List of 40+ Celebrities who gave Birth after 40

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At 49-years old, pop singer Janet Jackson is reportedly pregnant with her first child with husband Wissam Al ManaEntertainment Tonight exclusively reports.

Last month, Jackson canceled her latest tour, citing doctor’s orders for her to take it easy while she plans a family. Then, given her advanced maternal age, most people speculated that she would likely be using a surrogate or adopting a child.

With modern advancement in medicine, what was once almost impossible is now very much possible for older women wishing to have children.

She will join our growing list of celebrity women who gave birth after their 40s and at 50, when she’ll welcome her child (or children, depending if she’s carrying twins). She turns 50 in 2 weeks.

Actress Lauren Linney previously held our record. She was 49 when she gave birth to her first child.

Other members of the 40 over 40 club include:
  1. NICOLE KIDMAN gave birth to her first child, Sunday Rose, at the age of 40 with her husband, Keith Urban.
  2. SUSAN SARANDON  gave birth to her son, Jack at age 42. Three years later, she welcomed another son, Miles, at age 45.
  3. BROOKE SHIELDS underwent seven rounds of in vitro fertilization treatments. After these treatments, she gave birth to her first child, Rowan, at age 37. At the age of 40, she traditionally conceived her daughter, Grier, with husband Chris Henchy.
  4. EMMA THOMPSON spent several years trying to have a baby. She opted for in vitro fertilization treatments and eventually welcomed daughter, Gaia, in her 40s.
  5. HELEN HUNT gave birth to her first kid, Makenalei Gordon in May 2004, with boyfriend, Matthew Carnahan when she was 43.
  6. JERRY HALL, Ex-wife of singer Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones’ lead singer, gave birth to the last of her four children, Gabriel, at 41.
  7. JULIANNE MOORE gave birth to her similarly redheaded second child, Liv Helen, at age 41.
  8. MARCIA CROSS, star of Desperate Wives, gave birth to fraternal twins, Eden and Savannah, at age 44, with husband, Tom Mahoney, in February 2007
  9. JANE SEYMOUR was already a mother of four at the age of 45 when she underwent fertility treatments in her mid-40s after her divorce with former husband. She and her current husband, director James Keach, welcomed twins, Johnny and Kristopher in 1995.
  10. SALMA HAYEK  gave birth to her first child, Valentina Paloma, at age 41, in September 2007 with her then-fiance, French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault. They later married in April 2009 before eventually divorcing.
  11. MOMICA BELLUCCI, Italian actress, gave birth to her second child at age 45
  12. KELLY PRESTON had her son Benjamin Travolta at age 48
  13. ANNETTE BENING has four kids with Warren Beatty and gave birth to her youngest at age 42.
  14. HALLE BERRY had her daughter Nahla at age 41, and her son Maceo at age 46.
  15. NIA LONG  gave birth to her second son when she was 41.
  16. MARIAH CAREY was 42 when she welcomed her twin, Morrocan and Monroe.
  17. TINA FEY gave birth to her first child, daughter Penelope at 41, and a second daughter Alice two years later at age 43..
  18. CELINE DION was 42 when she gave birth to her twin boys.
  19. GWEN STEFANI  was 44 when she welcomed her 3rd son, Apollo.
  20. ANA ORTIZ  had just turned 40 when she gave birth to her 2nd child.
  21. THANDI NEWTON had just turned 41 when she gave birth to her 3rd child, a son, Booker Jombe Parker.
  22. RACHEL ZOE  was 42 when she welcomed her 2nd son, Kaius.
  23. UMA THURMAN was 42 when she gave birth to her first kid with beau Arpad Busson.
  24. KIM FIELDS  was 44 when she and her hubby welcomed their second son Quincy.
  25. MIRA SORVINO was 44 when she welcomed her daughter Lucia and was 41 when she welcomed her son. She has 4 kids total.
  26. MAYA RUDOLPH was 41 when she gave birth to her 4th child.
  27. LISA LOEB quietly welcomed her 4th child at age 45, a son named Emet.
  28. JENNIFER CONNELLY  was 43 when her 3rd kid, daughter Agnes, was born
  29. MIMI ROGERS was 45 when she gave birth to her last child, a son.
  30. JANE KRACOWSKI  surprised everyone when at 45 she had her first child, a son.
  31. MERYL STREEP was 41 in 1991 when she welcomed her last of 4 kids.
  32. MARCIA GAY HARDEN was 44 when she gave birth to her twins
  33. MOLLY RINGWALD was also in her 40s, age 46, when she welcomed her twins.
  34. MADONNA was 41 when she gave birth to her son Rocco.
  35. MARISKA HARGITAY was 42 when she gave birth to her first child, a son and later went on to adopt more kids
  36. JUDY REYES was 41 when she welcomed daughter Leila in 2009.
  37. VANNA WHITE gave birth to her daughter the same year she turned 40.
  38. BEVERLY D’ANGELO  welcomed her twins at age 46.
  39. CHERYL TIEGS  had her first child, a son, at age 44.
  40. LAURA LINNEY  welcomed her first child at age 49.

 

These 40 Celebrities had Babies After Age 40

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When Actress Laura Linney gave birth to her first child last year, January 15, 2015,  she became the oldest celebrity woman to give birth “naturally” at age 49. She outseated actress Kelly Preston who gave birth to her son Benjamin when she was 48.  It was the first child for the The Truman Show  star and her husband since 2009, Marc Schauer. 
 
Linney was among a long list of celebrities who managed to stay under the radar for the majority of their pregnancy including: Tamar Braxton AdeleNicole Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson and Beyonce who all announced at the 5th month mark that they were “with child.”  She was more successful than Lost  actress Evangeline Lily, who  never told anyone she was pregnant and was eventually busted by paparazzi at 8 months pregnant while she was living in Hawaii. Linney also bested Jennifer Hudson who looked to be about 8 months pregnant when a wayward photographer caught her and her boyfriend out and about, trying to be inconspicuous.
And at 49, Linney also joins the over 40 baby club which includes:
  1. NICOLE KIDMAN gave birth to her first child, Sunday Rose, at the age of 40 with her husband, Keith Urban.
  2. SUSAN SARANDON  gave birth to her son, Jack at age 42. Three years later, she welcomed another son, Miles, at age 45.
  3. BROOKE SHIELDS underwent seven rounds of in vitro fertilization treatments. After these treatments, she gave birth to her first child, Rowan, at age 37. At the age of 40, she traditionally conceived her daughter, Grier, with husband Chris Henchy.
  4. EMMA THOMPSON spent several years trying to have a baby. She opted for in vitro fertilization treatments and eventually welcomed daughter, Gaia, in her 40s.
  5. HELEN HUNT gave birth to her first kid, Makenalei Gordon in May 2004, with boyfriend, Matthew Carnahan when she was 43.
  6. JERRY HALL, Ex-wife of singer Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones’ lead singer, gave birth to the last of her four children, Gabriel, at 41.
  7. JULIANNE MOORE gave birth to her similarly redheaded second child, Liv Helen, at age 41.
  8. MARCIA CROSS, star of Desperate Wives, gave birth to fraternal twins, Eden and Savannah, at age 44, with husband, Tom Mahoney, in February 2007
  9. JANE SEYMOUR was already a mother of four at the age of 45 when she underwent fertility treatments in her mid-40s after her divorce with former husband. She and her current husband, director James Keach, welcomed twins, Johnny and Kristopher in 1995.
  10. SALMA HAYEK  gave birth to her first child, Valentina Paloma, at age 41, in September 2007 with her then-fiance, French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault. They later married in April 2009 before eventually divorcing.
  11. MOMICA BELLUCCI, Italian actress, gave birth to her second child at age 45
  12. KELLY PRESTON had her son Benjamin Travolta at age 48
  13. ANNETTE BENING has four kids with Warren Beatty and gave birth to her youngest at age 42.
  14. HALLE BERRY had her daughter Nahla at age 41, and her son Maceo at age 46.
  15. NIA LONG  gave birth to her second son when she was 41.
  16. MARIAH CAREY was 42 when she welcomed her twin, Morrocan and Monroe.
  17. TINA FEY gave birth to her first child, daughter Penelope at 41, and a second daughter Alice two years later at age 43..
  18. CELINE DION was 42 when she gave birth to her twin boys.
  19. GWEN STEFANI  was 44 when she welcomed her 3rd son, Apollo.
  20. ANA ORTIZ  had just turned 40 when she gave birth to her 2nd child.
  21. THANDI NEWTON had just turned 41 when she gave birth to her 3rd child, a son, Booker Jombe Parker.
  22. RACHEL ZOE  was 42 when she welcomed her 2nd son, Kaius.
  23. UMA THURMAN was 42 when she gave birth to her first kid with beau Arpad Busson.
  24. KIM FIELDS  was 44 when she and her hubby welcomed their second son Quincy.
  25. MIRA SORVINO was 44 when she welcomed her daughter Lucia and was 41 when she welcomed her son. She has 4 kids total.
  26. MAYA RUDOLPH was 41 when she gave birth to her 4th child.
  27. LISA LOEB quietly welcomed her 4th child at age 45, a son named Emet.
  28. JENNIFER CONNELLY  was 43 when her 3rd kid, daughter Agnes, was born
  29. MIMI ROGERS was 45 when she gave birth to her last child, a son.
  30. JANE KRACOWSKI  surprised everyone when at 45 she had her first child, a son.
  31. MERYL STREEP was 41 in 1991 when she welcomed her last of 4 kids.
  32. MARCIA GAY HARDEN was 44 when she gave birth to her twins
  33. MOLLY RINGWALD was also in her 40s, age 46, when she welcomed her twins.
  34. MADONNA was 41 when she gave birth to her son Rocco.
  35. MARISKA HARGITAY was 42 when she gave birth to her first child, a son and later went on to adopt more kids
  36. JUDY REYES was 41 when she welcomed daughter Leila in 2009.
  37. VANNA WHITE gave birth to her daughter the same year she turned 40.
  38. BEVERLY D’ANGELO  welcomed her twins at age 46.
  39. CHERYL TIEGS  had her first child, a son, at age 44.
  40. LAURA LINNEY  welcomed her first child at age 49.

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Earth Day: Eco-Friendly Celebrity moms who do good for earth

Earth Day is a month away! 
For this edition of Eco-Friday, we are going to highlight some of our fave Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms who have shown they have a commitment to the earth and helping others overcome natural disasters.
Jessica Alba co-founded an eco-friendly baby company, the Honest Company, which makes earth friendly products.


Drew Barrymore, actress, author and entrepreneur is known to be a flower child and recently she launched an eco-friendly and affordable make up line called  Flower Beauty.
Beyonce Knowles has worked with Second Harvest food bank network and with her husband Jay-Z founded United Nation’s Water for Life, an organization devoted to giving people worldwide access to clean drinking H2O. 
Gisele Bundchen, international Brazilian model, has been involved in plenty of earth conscious programs and events over the years. She and husband Tom Brady live in a 22,000 square foot eco-friendly green mansion with solar panel roofs and a rainwater recovery systems. 
Hilary Duff is involved with USA Harvest a non-profit that collects surplus from area restaurants for homeless, missions and soup kitchens and has donated millions of dollars in  meals to the homeless. 
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville actress, volunteers to register youth to vote and works with programs to help wild sea creatures including dolphins and other endangered wildlife. 
Kelly Preston , with her husband John Travolta, Preston is famously known for donating their private jet to fly in loads of supplies and medicine to the Baton Rouge and New Orleans area during Hurricane Katrina.  
Alicia Silverstone is a vegan who has worked often with PETA and helped promote its campaigns. Silverston also lives in a very cool eco-friendly house.



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Top 10 Boy & Girl old-fashioned names becoming more popular.

It warmed my heart so see that traditional names are coming back into style and are becoming more popular among parents. Babysitting.net chronicled the top 10 girl and boy names making a comeback.
Girls’ Names
  1. Anna – “Anna” is one of the girls’ names that never seems to go completely out of style. Originating from the Greek or Latin version of the Hebrew name “Hannah,” Anna means “grace” and came in at number thirty-eight on the list of most popular girls’ names in 2011.
  2. Charlotte – The French feminine diminutive of “Charles,” Charlotte’s meaning, “free man,” has masculine connotations. Still, Charlotte was the twenty-seventh most popular name in 2011 and is the name of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr.’s daughter.
  3. Ella – At number twelve on the list of most popular girls’ names for 2011 is “Ella,” which is of Germanic origination and means “all, completely; fairy maiden.” Mark Wahlberg, Ben Stiller, Eric Clapton and John Travolta all have daughters with this old-fashioned moniker.
  4. Eva – The Latin form of the Hebrew name “Eve,” meaning “life,” Eva is eighty-third on the list of most popular girls’ names for 2011. Derivations Ava and Eve are also very popular.
  5. Grace – A virtue name meaning exactly what it says, “Grace” is number sixteen on the list of most popular girls’ names for 2011 with notable choices by celebrity parents Lance Armstrong and Christy Turlington.
  6. Julia – Derived from Latin and meaning “youthful,” Julia was the fifty-seventh most popular name for baby girls in 2011.
  7. Lucy – The English feminine variation of “Lucius,” Lucy was the seventy-second most popular name for girls born in 2011. While it may be most memorably connected to a certain flame-haired comedienne, “Lucy” was also chosen by country crooner Zac Brown for his daughter.
  8. Rose – Latin for “rose, a flower,” Rose is an old-fashioned name that has enjoyed something of a revival. At number two-hundred and ninety-one in 2011, “Rose” was the final selection of Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck, Jon Stewart and Ewan McGregor. The presence of the boys’ name “Jack” also calls into question the influence of the re-release a certain epic film about a doomed romance on new parents.
  9. Stella – From the Latin for “star,” Stella is the seventy-third most popular name on the 2011 list. Chosen by both Paul McCartney and, more recently, Matt Damon, Tori Spelling and Dave Matthews, Stella’s popularity is still rising.
  10. Violet – Latin for the color and the flower, Violet comes in at number one-hundred and one for 2011 and was also chosen by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck for their eldest daughter.

Boys’ Names
  1. Andrew – Meaning “strong and manly,” the name “Andrew” is of Greek derivation and enjoys a perennial popularity. At number sixteen on the list of most popular names for baby boys in 2011, one Harvard study claims that it is the most popular name for boys born to highly educated parents.
  2. Benjamin – From Hebrew meaning “son of the right hand,” Benjamin was the nineteenth most popular name for baby boys in 2011. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and her quarterback husband Tom Brady chose “Benjamin” for their son, as did John Travolta and Kelly Preston.
  3. Charles – French from German, “Charles” means “free man” and was the sixty-second most popular name for boys in 2011. Celebrities Jodie Foster and Russell Crowe both named their sons Charles, with the shortened “Charlie” also quite popular.
  4. Harry – A diminutive of Henry meaning “estate ruler,” Harry is becoming more popular than ever due to the choices of Princess Diana, David Letterman and Billy Bob Thornton as a name for their sons, along with the immense popularity of the Harry Potter series.
  5. Henry – Enjoying it’s highest spot on the list of popular boys’ names since 1956, “Henry,” also meaning “estate ruler” came in at number fifty-seven in 2011. Julia Roberts, Minnie Driver, Heidi Klum and Colin Farrell all have sons named Henry.
  6. Jack – A diminutive of “John” meaning “God is gracious,” Jack was the forty-fifth most popular name for boys born in 2011. Matt Lauer, Luke Perry and Meg Ryan are just a few of the celebrities who chose this name for their sons.
  7. Leo – From Latin for “lion,” Leo came in at number one-hundred and sixty-seven in 2011 for popular boy’s names, and was chosen by NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon as a name for his son.
  8. Jacob – From Hebrew meaning “He grasps the heel. Supplanter,” “Jacob” was the most popular name for little boys born in 2011. Bob Dylan named his son Jakob, with Stephenie Meyer dubbing her leading werewolf “Jacob” in her phenomenally popular Twilight books.
  9. Eli – Moving from number two-hundred and thirty-five in 2000 to number sixty-five in 2010, Eli is a Hebrew name meaning “uplifted.”
  10. William – The third most popular name for boys in 2011, William is of English from German derivation and means “resolute protection.” With the marriage of Britain’s Prince William, the name has become even more high-profile.

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