When Actress Laura Linney gave birth at 49 she had escaped all the excessive scrutiny and blow back that 50-year old Janet Jackson got when the singer announced last month that she was pregnant with her first child.
During an appearance on Live with Kelly (with co-host, husband Marc Consuelos), Linney explains that she wasn’t purposefully keeping it a secret but because it took her so long to finally successfully conceive and carry a child to term, she didn’t want to jinx it.
“I wanted to make sure that my child actually arrived, and was safe and healthy,”the John Adams HBO series star told Kelly Ripa.
She also clarified that she wasn’t purposefully hiding the pregnancy, but didn’t advertise it either. It’s just I “didn’t have a sign that said, ‘Hi, I’m pregnant now,” she added.
“I was just very, very quiet about it — I didn’t hide it intentionally, I just didn’t advertise it,” she added. “So, it was the right thing for me and my family…
The Love Actually actress also that no one ever questioned her about her pregnancy either.
On the flip side, after Jackson announced she was carrying her own child and not using a surrogate as many people assumed given Jackson’s age, the actress/Jackson family royalty was roasted by all the critics [read: members of the public] who thought she was too old and selfish for welcoming a child so late in her life.
Congratulations are in order to rapper Nicki Minaj who is expecting her first child with her husband Kenneth Petty as she announced her news on her Instagram yesterday to the surprise of none of the Internet sleuths who had already recognized all the clues that she was pregnant, beginning with speculation last month when she posted a curious photo trying to conceal her bump in high rise bikini bottoms.
“Love. Marriage. Baby carriage. Overflowing with excitement & gratitude. Thank you all for the well wishes,” Minaj captioned the third in a set of formal colorful maternity photos where she is sitting on a pink couch. The last of the photos is her draped in white in an editorial shot made to look angelic, taken by famed photographer David LaChappelle.
Part of being a celebrity woman of child bearing years is that you have people constantly speculating about whether or not you are pregnant. It can frustrating especially if you had been actively trying but keep having to see and respond or ignore rumors published in the tabloids or social media. Model Chrissy Teigen, actress Gabrielle Union and many others suffered with infertility while batting down insenstive demands from people asking when they would be having their first chilld.
However, when the moment that a star does get pregnant, she then has the challenge that many women have of trying to keep it private for at least the first three months when the risk for miscarriage is the highest. After the first trimester, the chances of that mom-to-be carrying a baby full term and having a healthy labor and delivery shoots up exponentialy.
Still, sometimes the public guesses right because there are tell tale signs and Minaj displayed them ALL!!!
After the Super Bass performer made her announcement, many fans said in the comment sections under news reports that the news was of no surprise to them based on the various clues that exist when a woman in the spotlight is hiding her pregnancy:
1. She only shared head shots in social media
For women who famously show off their fab bods at every chance they get, seeing them suddenly stick to posting head shots inscial meida is a dead giveaway that they are trying to perhaps hide weight gain in the tummy area and elsewhere.
For the weeks leading up to the announcement the Anaconda rapper shared photos of her self performing songs with only her head in the shot.
2. She wore clothes that covered her belly.
You can hide your body by carefully selecting what you post but unless you plan to live a hermit life or escape to another country, then there is a high liklihood that the paparazzi will spot you out and about.
When Kylie Jenner was secrety pregnant with her daughter Stormi, fans speculated her condition because she wore baggy clothes. Her sister, Khloe Kardashian, revealed that she used an A-line coat to hide her bump until she announced the news that she was expecting a baby.
Similarly, it is always suspicious when women who usually crave the spotlight drop out of the public eye. That too is a signal they may be secretly expecting. On the real, Minaj literally told the world she was baby making when she quit music via Twitter last September to start her family. But because she had quit Twitter before after having beefs with her ex Meek Mill, rap nemesis Remy Ma, not a lot of people took the announcement seriously.
Some have tried to keep the secret for the total nine months and have come close.
Evangeline Lily and Jennifer Hudson got caught by paparazzi both around 8 months pregnant. They were in remote places where there is no Hollywood scrutiny but still got busted.
In 2018, How to Get Away with Murder’ starKarla Souza, and in 2014, Ozark star Laura Linney announced the birth of their first child, respectively, after the baby was already born.
4. She Subconsciouly (or her partner) Touches her Belly
Last month, Minaj gave yet another clue when she showed a video of Petty rubbing her belly. In other years, the maternal subtle cradle of the tummy is a sign a woman is expecting. It’s a subcouncous and natural maneuver which is a sign.
Weight gain is a sign of pregnancy and even for women who manage to not pack on the pounds, a dead giveaway is a fuller rounder face. Many fans speculated and noticed that in the video for Trollz with Ta, Minaj face looked significantly more cherubic than usual.
Well there you have it. If you are a woman in the lime light and seek to totally hide your pregnancy from the media and the public, avoid doing any of the above. Good luck!
The Primetime Emmys went down tonight at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
In contention for awards were several of the celeb moms we’ve featured on the blog in year’s past including Anna Chlumsky(in J. Mendel) for Best Lead Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Veep and Christina Applegate (in Vera Wang) who was nominated but didn’t win Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her amazing role in Dead To Me and finallyLaura Linneywho did win the Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Ozark.
It recently occurred to me that since 54-year old actress Brigitte Nielsengave 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!
ALYSSA MILANO was 41 in 2014 when she gave birth to daughter Elizabella Dylan Bugliari.
ANA ORTIZ had just turned 40 when she gave birth to her 2nd child.
ANNETTE BENING has four kids with Warren Beatty and gave birth to her youngest at age 42.
AUDRA MCDONALD was 46 when she welcomed her surprise baby in 2016.
BEVERLY D’ANGELO welcomed her twins at age
BRIGITTE NIELSEN was 54 when she gave birth to her fifth child and first daughter, Frida, in June 2018.
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.
CELINE DION was 42 when she gave birth to her twin boys
CHERYL TIEGS had her first child, a son, at age 44.
DOMINIQUE DAWES welcomed her fraternal twins, son Lincoln and daughter Dakota, in late January at age 41.
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.
EVA LONGORIA was 43 when she welcomed her first child, son, Santiago.
EVA MENDES was 42 when she gave birth to her second child with husband Ryan Gosling and 40 for her first.
GERI HALLIWELL was 44 when she welcomed her son in 2017,.
GWEN STEFANI was 44 when she welcomed her 3rd son, Apollo.
HALLE BERRY had her daughter Nahla at age 41, and her son Maceo at age 46.
HELEN HUNT gave birth to her first kid, Makenalei Gordon in May 2004, with boyfriend, Matthew Carnahan when she was 43.
IMAN was 45 when she welcomed her second son with David Bowie.
JAMIE PRESLEY had a set of twins at age right after she turned 40 last March.
JANE KRACOWSKI surprised everyone when at 45 she had her first child, a son.
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.
JANET JACKSON welcomed son Essia at age 50.
JENNIFER CONNELLY was 43 when her 3rd kid, daughter Agnes, was born
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.
JUDY REYES was 41 when she welcomed daughter Leila in 2009.
JULIANNE MOORE gave birth to her similarly redheaded second child, Liv Helen, at age 41.
KELLY PRESTON had her son Benjamin Travolta at age 48.
KENYA MOORE welcomed her first child, daughter Brooklyn at age 47.
KIM FIELDS was 44 when she and her hubby welcomed their second son Quincy.
LAURA LINNEY welcomed her first child at age 49.
LISA LING was 42 when she gave birth to her second child, daughter Ray in summer 2016.
LISA LOEB quietly welcomed her 4th child at age 45, a son named Emet.
MARCIA CROSS, star of Desperate Wives, gave birth to fraternal twins, Eden and Savannah, at age 44, with husband, Tom Mahoney, in February 2007.
MARCIA GAY HARDEN was 44 when she gave birth to her twins
MADONNA was 41 when she gave birth to her son Rocco.
MARIAH CAREY was 42 when she welcomed her twin, Morrocan and Monroe.
MARISKA HARGITAY was 42 when she gave birth to her first child, a son and later went on to adopt more kids
MAYA RUDOLPH was 41 when she gave birth to her 4th child.
MERYL STREEP was 41 in 1991 when she welcomed her last of 4 kids.
MIMI ROGERS was 45 when she gave birth to her last child, a son.
MIRA SORVINO was 44 when she welcomed her daughter Lucia and was 41 when she welcomed her son. She has 4 kids total.
MOLLY RINGWALD was also in her 40s, age 46, when she welcomed her twins.
MOMICA BELLUCCI, Italian actress, gave birth to her second child at age 45
NANCY GRACE was 48 when she welcomed her twins, John and Lucy.
NIA LONG gave birth to her second son when she was 41.
NICOLE KIDMAN gave birth to her first child, Sunday Rose, at the age of 40 with her husband, Keith Urban.
RACHEL ZOE was 42 when she welcomed her 2nd son, Kaius.
RASHIDA JONES welcomed her first child, son, Sam at age 42.
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.
SUSAN SARANDON gave birth to her son, Jack at age 42. Three years later, she welcomed another son, Miles, at age 45.
TAMIKA “TINY” HARRIS was 40 when she gave birth to her last child, daughter Heiress.
THANDIE NEWTON had just turned 41 when she gave birth to her 3rd child, a son, Booker Jombe Parker.
TINA FEY gave birth to her first child, daughter Penelope at 41, and a second daughter Alice two years later at age 43.
TORI SPELLING was 43 when she welcomed her fifth child.
UMA THURMAN was 42 when she gave birth to her first kid with beau Arpad Busson.
VANNA WHITE gave birth to her daughter the same year she turned 40.
She welcomed a baby girl with banker husband Marshall Trenkmann, who she married in 2014.
Among others who kept it mum until giving birth are Laura Linney, Lost star Evangeline Lily who kept her pregnancy secret for close to nine months before paparazzi spotted her pregnant in Hawaii. Similarly, back in 2009, Jennifer Hudson managed to conceal her pregnancy until she was about 8 months along before a snoop with a camera spotted her with a massive pregnant. Adele, Jennifer Lopez and several others kept it quite for 5 months or more.
We are still in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp when it comes to outing sexual harassment, assault and disparity in Hollywood and it too center stage again at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Kristen Bell was the first host (of any gender) of the annual show.
Also, women made all the presentations of awards during the event.
Unlike during the Golden Globes, we saw a lot of color on the red carpet. Attendees showed their solidarity to the movements with lapel pins and speeches.
Along with Bell, other celeb moms featured on the blog attended including Kate Hudson, Halle Berry, Maya Rudolph, Giuliana Rancic, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Reese Witherspoon and Allison Janney. The latter four were nominated for awards with Janney and Kidman walking away with the top honors for their respective categories.
TMZreports that tennis star Anna Kournikova and her long time partner and possible spouse Enrique Iglesias welcomed a pair of boy-girl twins over the weekend.
The names of the new arrivals are Nicholas and Lucy. Congrats to the happy couple who have dated for over a decade and were reportedly engaged or married, though no one knew for sure. Um just like no one knew home girl was even pregnant.
As TMZ notes, the gorgeous blonde has been out of the public spotlight for a while and was last spotted on a boat in November 2016.
Shout out to her family and friends for not spilling the beans. They’re the real MVP!
Kournikova is not the first celebrity to escape public awareness of a pregnancy. Among others who kept it mum until giving birth are Laura Linney, Lost star Evangeline Lily who kept her pregnancy secret for close to nine months before paparazzi spotted her pregnant in Hawaii. Similarly, back in 2009, Jennifer Hudson managed to conceal her pregnancy until she was about 8 months along before a snoop with a camera spotted her with a massive pregnant. Adele, Jennifer Lopez and several others kept it quite for 5 months or more.
Congrats to our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Cynthia Nixon on winning her second Tony award tonight for the Best Featured Actress in a Play her role in “The Little Foxes.”
The Sex and The City alum stunned earlier in the evening on the red carpet at the event held at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall in a custom pink Rosie Assoulin dress, Fred Leighton jewels, Paul Andrews heels and Fiona Akotur clutch.
She wasn’t the only Bellyitch alum to don a custom gown to the show. Tina Fey attended in a Sally LaPointe custom dress and Nixon’s pal Laura Linney also wore a custom dress by Derek Lam.
We love Chrissy Teigen‘s white with gold trim Pamella Rowland dress.
Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson rocked in Michael Kors while Anna Kendrick looked amazing in MiuMiu and Uma Thurman presented in a black collared shirt and full skirt with Leighton cross necklace and jewels.
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.
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.
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.