The social stigma attached to a woman’s choice to opt for a pregnancy after 35 is still prevalent in India. It may be 2021 but women continue to face the pressure to “get settled” and start a family as soon as they start approaching their mid-twenties. Unfortunately, “Beta abhi shaadi karke bache karlo, baad mein fir kitni mushkil hoti hai, pata hai? Naukri shaukri toh hoti rahegi aage bhi” is a statement that a lot of us are familiar with. So when Bollywood’s beloved Shreya Ghoshal recently shared some snippets from her baby shower, we were all for it. The 37-year-old momma-to-be looked as radiant and healthy as ever.
And surprise, surprise, Shreya is not the first celebrity mom to embrace motherhood in her late 30s. Here are eight other celebrities who crushed all misconceptions when they became mothers for the first time post 35.
1. Kareena Kapoor Khan
After her marriage to Saif Ali Khan in 2012, Bebo first became a mother to the nation’s sweetheart, Taimur, at 36. She recently gave birth to their second son at the age of 40.
2. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
The evergreen beauty queen of Bollywood had her daughter Aradhya Bachchan at 37.
3. Farah Khan
Choreographer, director, and producer Farah Khan used IVF and conceived triplets at the age of 43. Being the multitalented boss that she is, she continued working throughout her pregnancy.
4. Madhuri Dixit Nene
Yet another Bollywood beauty who is a part of the late pregnancy league is the stunning Madhuri Dixit. She gave birth to her first son at the age of 37 and had her second at 39.
5. Shilpa Shetty Kundra
This timeless Bollywood beauty, fitness guru, and yoga goddess became a mother to her son Viaan at the age of 37. She opted for surrogacy to have her second child in 2020.
6. Rani Mukerji
After her marriage to filmmaker Aditya Chopra, the versatile Rani Mukerji gave birth to their daughter Adira at 37.
7. Meghan Markle
The renowned Duchess of Sussex and former actor also had her and Prince Harry’s first son Archie at 37. And now at 39, she is expecting their second, due in June 2021.
8. Jennifer Lopez
The iconic JLo also went through a “late pregnancy” when she gave birth to her twins with former husband Marc Anthony at 38.
And take our word for it when we say that the list is endless. Contrary to popular belief, with today’s medical advancements, a pregnancy after 35 doesn’t necessitate complications. In fact, an increasing number of women are opting to freeze their eggs so as to focus on their careers and have kids once they’re ready. At the end of the day, it’s all about individual preference. The gift of motherhood is a blessing, irrespective of what time it comes.