Remember back in the day when you were “supposed to” settle down and start a family in your 20s? Not anymore! Sure, most docs might suggest you undergo a couple of extra tests if you’re pregnant past 35, but no biggie. Gone are the days when having kids after 40 was practically unheard of. Plenty of parents are conceiving well into their fifth decade and beyond — and those healthy, happy kids are pretty lucky to have parents who have careers, experience and their shit together in general.
The fabulous celebrities ahead are proof positive that you can be smart, chic, pregnant and over 40 all at once. Yep, it’s true! So the next time some relative of yours starts blathering on with unwanted advice about your biological clock or “advanced maternal age,” take heart — and remind them how well it all worked out for Janet Jackson.
Originally published January 2016. Updated October 2017.