There are more than a few myths and misconceptions when it comes to the topic of infertility. The Office on Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cites statistics that one in every ten couples aged 15-44 has trouble conceiving. And it’s no secret that the older you get, the harder it becomes to naturally conceive (about a third of couples that include a woman over 35 have a problem with fertility). Yet the challenges that can go along with trying to conceive and have children at an older age are often obscured by the number of celebrities who give birth after 40—which can, in turn, perpetuate a belief that it’s easy to get pregnant later in life.
Ahead, we’ve highlighted 30 celebrity mothers who welcomed children in their 40s—some of whom have been candid in how they got there, others who have remained quiet. From countless cycles of IVF, to surrogacy, to just pure luck—here’s some of our favorite A-listers who became proud moms, post-40.