Societal norms are constantly evolving, and more and more women like Ashanti are challenging stereotypes and embracing motherhood on their own terms, including having a baby after the age of 35. Previously known as the age threshold for women to no longer be able to carry out a healthy pregnancy, so many women today are having babies in their 30’s and older. In fact, a study done by the Pew Research Center states the age of people giving birth has increased since the 1990s. Furthermore, the Journal of Family and Reproductive Health details the fastest-growing birthrates are in women over-35.

The world of Hollywood is no exception to those numbers. There are several Black celebrities who embarked on the journey of motherhood later in life as well. Recently, US Weekly reported a source close to singer, Ashanti confirmed she is pregnant by Nelly at the age of 41. If true, then Ashanti will join an already lengthy and fabulous list of Black celebs who reclaimed norms that society unfairly bestowed upon them.

Celebs Redefining Maternal Norms

Halle Berry

Halle Berry welcomed her first child, daughter Nahla Ariela Aubry, at the age of 41. Berry has been a trailblazer, not only in her acting career but also in challenging societal expectations surrounding motherhood. In 2013, she became a mother for the second time at the age of 47, giving birth to a son, Maceo Robert Martinez.

Janet Jackson

Icon Janet Jackson became a first-time mother at the age of 50. She broke barriers and proved age is just a number when starting a family. In 2017, she welcomed her son, Eissa Al Mana, and embarked on a new chapter of her life with grace and resilience.

Nia Long

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Actress Nia Long embraced motherhood beyond 40 when she welcomed her second child, son Kez Sunday Udoka, at the age of 41. Long advocates for women to prioritize their well-being and family life, and proves that age should not limit the joy of becoming a mother.

Mariah Carey

Renowned songstress Mariah Carey became a mother of twins, Moroccan and Monroe, at 41. Carey has celebrated her journey through motherhood, emphasizing the importance of family and love. Her story inspires women to follow their hearts and create families in their own time.

Da Brat

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Da Brat, an iconic rapper known for breaking stereotypes, took that to the next level when she gave birth to her son, True Legend at age 49. She often shares that she never thought pregnancy was in the cards for her, but after her wife, Jesseca, was unable to carry a baby due to health concerns, Brat knew that it was her time to become a mommy.