We just noticed this but US Olympics gymnastics gold medalist Dominique Dawes and My Name Is Earl star Jaime Pressly became the latest in the growing list of celebrity women to welcome twins over the age of 40.
Dawes and her husband welcomed their third and fourth children, a set of fraternal twins, son Lincoln and daughter Dakota in late January.
Pressly welcomed her twin boys Leo and Lenon on October 14, 2017. Dawes was 41 when she welcomed her children and Pressly was already 40.
Other women in the club include Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Julia Roberts, Marcia Cross and several others.
Dawes and her Catholic school teacher husband Jeff Thompson are parents to 4-year old daughter Kateri and 2-year old daughter Quinn. Dawes now works as a brand ambassador, a motivational speaker and sometimes gymnastics commentator.
Pressly’s twin boys are the first children the actress and longtime boyfriend Hamzi Hijazi have together. Pressly is also mom to 10-year-old son Dezi James from a previous relationship.
Congratulations to retired Olympic Gold Medalist gymnast Dominique Dawes who expecting twins this January, joining our long list of celebrity moms to twins.
The brand ambassador shared the news on her birthday last week.
“Well, a lot to say here on my BIRTHDAY post,” Dawes, who is also a motivational speaker, captioned a photo of herself with her two daughters 3-year old Kateri and 1-year old Quinn. “Now being 41 couldn’t feel better- unless you’re extremely pregnant- with TWINS, due this January!” How exciting!
This is welcome news for the stay-at-home mom who sadly suffered a miscarriage this past February that she also shared with her followers and fans on Instagram and Facebook.
“I’ve been overwhelmed with love and support by you all, concerning my miscarriage earlier this year,” she wrote in her pregnancy announcement. “I couldn’t tell you how much it meant to read your kind words and reading the stories you’ve shared about your personal struggle as well, with dealing with a miscarriage. It’s surreal to know that this pregnancy has been tough, as most are, but extremely joyful- my husband and 2 little daughters are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new daughter and son!”
I love Dawes because I believe she is my spirit twin. We’re both around the same age, are from Maryland, are 5’2 and converted to Catholicism after marrying our spouse. Dawes and her husband, The Heights school religion teacher Jeff Thompson, married in 2013. Love her and her openness and positive vibe.
Congrats to them.
A little more about her tragic loss from earlier this year which she discussed in the most optimistic and faithful way…
As for turning 40 at the end of 2016, 2017 truly has proven to be my toughest year to date….. (Yes even those Olympic training years are included). My little family has been stricken with the norovirus, conjunctivitis, now pneumonia & also my impending miscarriage. Yes, I am putting myself out there and saying this is the toughest thing I’ve ever been through, acknowledging the fact that we lost a child in utero. I know so many women out there have been through this, but it doesn’t make it easier. First, I was in complete DENIAL& ASHAMED…I’ve been holding onto HOPE that there is still a fighting chance that this isn’t true, but I’m facing the certain reality that it is the hard truth. ACCEPTANCE! Every pregnancy is so intimate and personal. It still hurts. But, having God, a loving husband (who has totally stepped up and cleans the dishes every night now) and my 2 most precious and prized gifts–my two baby girls to comfort me and stand with me through these tough days. Knowing the reality and accepting this miscarriage, has brought me to a better place. At first I was ashamed and blamed myself, like I did something wrong. Now I’m looking forward with HOPE for the future! I know there are women out there who have and are going through this reality. Put faith in God first, lean on loved ones and everything will work out the way it was meant to. God Bless…