Halle Berry might be best known for her acting on the silver screen, but soon, she'll be adding "pregnancy expert" to her resume! The actress has confirmed that she's expecting her second child, who will be her first with fiance, Olivier Martinez, according to CNN. Berry already has a 5-year-old daughter, Nahla, from a previous relationship. She calls her latest pregnancy one of her biggest surprises.
"That's the thing," Berry said on "The Wendy Williams Show," according to Us Weekly. "[My daughter is] asking me [for a sibling]. Every night we pray to God, and she's so sweet. She says, 'God, please bring me a bunk bed and a baby sister.' And I say, 'I can do one of those things, I know for sure! The other one we have to keep praying on.'"
Berry also told CNN that she thought she was "past the point" where pregnancy could once again be a reality for her. Now, the 46-year-old actress will have two little ones to take care of once her pregnancy calendar comes to an end.
Pregnancy over 40
Berry isn't the only woman to become pregnant after 40 - more women are having children later in life due to a number of reasons. Some people simply want more time to spend on their careers or traveling, while others don't find room for an infant in their lives until their 40s. That being said, it's not always a good idea to hold off, statistically speaking. CNN reported that the risk of having a miscarriage is about 50 percent in women who are 45 and older.
"Whatever can go wrong goes wrong at an increased rate for a woman who is older starting pregnancy," Alan Fleischman, M.D., medical director for the March of Dimes campaign, told the news source.
However, this doesn't mean you need to completely eliminate your hopes of having a child after 40 if you want to start a family. There are many ways you can do so without risking your overall well-being. Women's Health magazine encourages the consumption of vitamins and supplements designed for pregnancy. Additionally, cutting out bad habits, such as smoking, can dramatically improve your health. Talk to your doctor for more information on pregnancy and your body at this stage in your life.
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