Halle Berry was ‘premenopausal’ at 46 when she had her ‘geriatric pregnancy’


Here are some photos of Halle Berry at the CBS Upfronts last week – she was there because she’s doing advance promotion for her new TV series Extant. She looked beautiful, didn’t she? THAT FACE. I’m liking her hair these days too – for a while there, I thought her hair was too short. She looks better with some longer pieces up front.

Anyway, Halle appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday to talk about X-Men: Days of Future Past. Ellen of course asked her about baby Maceo and getting pregnant in her 40s. Halle was subdued about it, and I buy that she really didn’t believe she could get pregnant – Halle said: “I didn’t think it was possible at my age, honestly. They call it a geriatric pregnancy…I was, you know, on my way. This is probably way TMI, but I was kinda premenopausal, so to have this happen was huge.” Is that really a medical term? “Geriatric pregnancy” – and that’s about a woman in her 40s?! Doctors can be so sexist and ageist! Why not call it a “premenopausal pregnancy” or something less “OMG, let’s call a woman in her 40s geriatric!”

Halle also talks about the different between the way girl babies and boy babies nurse, which is what Ellen found “TMI” (I kind of agree with Ellen). Here’s the video interview:


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. eliza says:

    Justin Bieber called, he wants his douchey pants back.

    • Jackson says:

      My thoughts, exactly. Would have been a cute outfit without the diaper crotch.

    • NorthernGirl_20 says:

      +1 I was just going to comment on how she is those ugly pants Justin Bieber wears – must’ve bought them at DouchebagsRUs..

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      No, it’s MC Hammer who’ll be on the phone with Halle. Maybe there was a celeb garage sale and she snagged ‘em for cheap. Great post partum wear.

  2. Kiddo says:

    Isn’t it called Peri-menopausal?

    • Isan says:

      Yes it is.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      KIDDO and ISAN – I love Celebitchy readers so much! There is no such thing as “pre-menopausal,” unless you mean everything up until you go into peri-menopause.

      Halle is always scraping the bottom of the pan for issues about herself.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      She’s right about the term “geriatric pregnancy” though. When I was trying to get pregnant at 38, they told me I was in the range for high risk, geriatric pregnancy. It applies to anyone over 35. I suggested they find a new name, at least when they were talking to me.

      • mimif says:

        Hey how was the vacay? Meant to ask you yesterday but Kiddo made me cry big sad tears so I couldn’t see to type.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Poor mimi! Are you better now? I’m sure Kiddo didn’t mean to.
        Vacation was a dream come true. I’m the one crying big tears now to be back to reality. Thanks for asking.

      • Kiddo says:

        Oh, I Meant to. Mimi was complaining that I was being too nice. She’s a masochist, that one. Which might explain the attraction to Fabio, actually.

      • Hiddles forever says:


        I know it is sad when you come back to your routine life but it is great you actually went on holiday though and you also enjoyed it! :)
        I didn’t go on holiday for the last five years.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        They will use “advanced maternal age pregnancy” instead of “geriatric pregnancy” now. And yeah, we’re all pre-menopausal until we’re not.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Lol, Kiddo, sorry!

        Hiddles, you’re absolutely right. I shouldn’t complain.

        That’s a little better, I guess paranormalgirl. Idk, they both sound pretty gross.

      • Trashaddict says:

        Notice you don’t see “advanced paternal age” even though the other party involved in the pregnancy is likely to be as old as, if not older than, the mom.
        Men have “low testosterone”. Women have ovarian FAILURE. Men have “low sperm counts”. Women have cervical INCOMPETENCE. If any of you out there are women OB/Gyns, it’s time to put a STOP to this shit. (Sorry for the capital letters but this is really pissing me off.)

      • paranormalgirl says:

        @Trashaddict – men don’t even have low testosterone. They have “low T.”

      • Izzy says:

        This whole thread is making me laugh even as I think “too right!”

        However, men can keep “manhole cover.” The name of a drain leading to the sewer system, is all theirs.

  3. Dinah says:

    God, I loathe diaper pants.

  4. Birdix says:

    As soon as you turn 35, they say you are “advanced maternal age”…

    • Bridget says:

      35 is actually the age demarcation for a geriatric pregnancy – and that means if the mother is 35 by the time of childbirth. They don’t always tell the mom that though, because who wants to be called geriatric at 35? I’ve heard both “geriatric” and “advanced maternal age” used.

    • L says:

      My doc gave me a heads up so that I wouldn’t get offended that the term ‘geriatric pregnancy’ would be in big letters on the outside of my file.

    • Peppa says:

      My friend is due any day now with her second, and because she is 36, her doctors are treating her as a high risk pregnancy due to advanced maternal age. It is just so weird to think about.

  5. blue marie says:

    I dunno, I think Halle is one of the few who can wear any haircut and still look phenomenal.

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      Agreed. I also love how she dresses for her body and height. Halle (at 5’5) never has the ‘stumpy’ going on. Reese Witherspoon and Christine Ricci are other actresses who also deserve major kudos for dressing body/height appropriate. I wish more actresses would learn how to dress for their frame.

    • lana86 says:

      she looks gorgeous in anything

  6. Renee28 says:

    I know plenty of oopsie babies. I believe she didn’t think she could get pregnant.

  7. in_theory says:

    She’s such a beauty, why is she wearing such a hideous garment? I don’t understand…

  8. Princess Yenta says:

    First – She is a severe diabetic who didn’t have an “oopsie” pregnancy.
    Second – The longer pieces of hair up front seems to be a wiglet
    Third – Where is her husband? Hasn’t been around in months (except for once)

    • Merritt says:

      I don’t think it is right to claim she is a “severe” diabetic. I haven’t read of her having major complications with diabetes, so it is likely under control.

      • Emma - the JP Lover says:

        @Merritt, who wrote: “I don’t think it is right to claim she is a “severe” diabetic. I haven’t read of her having major complications with diabetes, so it is likely under control.”

        Halle Berry discovered she has Type 1 diabetes in 1989 when she was rushed to the hospital after collapsing on the set of a short-lived TV series called “Living Dolls” (a spin off of “Who’s the Boss”) about models. She had to radically change her lifestyle (changed her diet, intense exercise … which is how she got that incredible body). She has said that she’s ‘weaned’ herself off insulin, but I think she’s just saying that so she’ll continue to get acting jobs (insurance companies might advise Studios not to hire her). I’ve read that Type 1 Diabetes isn’t curable, so she is probably still injecting herself with insulin daily.

    • Kim1 says:

      WTH is a severe diabetic? As opposed to what a Mild diabetic?

      • Emma - the JP Lover says:

        @Kim1 …

        There is a vast difference between Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. People with Type 1 diabetes have to inject insulin everyday and I have read it is incurable. People with Type 2 diabetes don’t have to inject insulin and can usually cure themselves with diet change and exercise.

        Halle has Type 1 diabetes.

      • doloreschurch says:

        Severe Diabetic? She has Type I Diabetes and manages it with insulin. I am sure she has a pump. I’ve witnessed diabetic episodes in both Type I and Type II people. To be called “severe” it seems her DM I would lead to chronic kidney disease and decreased renal functions resulting in dialysis. Having a baby and going to work seems like a person living with diabetes.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        @emma, there is no cure for either type of diabetes. Type 2 can be managed with diet alone for some people, but it’s still present, not cured. Also, there are many Type 2 diabetics who do require insulin.

    • Naye in VA says:

      “She is a severe diabetic who didn’t have an “oopsie” pregnancy”

      You do realize that this is not a strong statement. It’s just two points thrown together. Get me evidence to link these two together

      • Isa says:

        From what I’ve heard Halle is very careful about diet and exercise to help manage her diabetes.

      • Emma - the JP Lover says:

        @Isa, who wrote: “From what I’ve heard Halle is very careful about diet and exercise to help manage her diabetes.”

        Yes she is, but she still has lapses. When she said she was confused when she had that accident and left the scene, she probably wasn’t lying. If she went beyond her ‘injection’ time it’s possible she ‘was’ mentally confused. Type 1 diabetes isn’t anything to play around with.

  9. Sam says:

    I’ve always heard them called “Change of life babies.” My doctor once explained to me that some women, upon entering menopause or right before, have a short period of heightened fertility, so what Halle is saying makes sense. She might possibly be a “late bloomer” that gets some extended fertility from that. Some women don’t become fertile until their late teens or 20s, and as a result, their fertility can extend into the 40s (or in very rare cases, the 50s). My mom didn’t become fertile (that is, get a period) until she was 20, and her last baby was born at 45 (conceived naturally). Her doctor said because she didn’t become fertile until later in life, she probably got a bit of an extension. Halle didn’t start having kids until later in life, so maybe time was really on her side. People should stop arguing that she must have used a donor or had IVF solely based on her age – it can and does happen, and I don’t get why people have a tough time with that.

    • Luca26 says:

      I actually know of a woman who had her first and only at 49 (eventhough she was told she couldn’t conceive) long before fertility treatments were a viable option. I’d say she probably went through some fertility treatments but you really never know.

    • justme says:

      Both of my grandmothers had babies in their mid-forties in the first decades of the 20th century. My great grandmother in rural 19th century Ireland (not a hotbed of IVF or donor eggs) had 13 children, the last born when she was 47 (she lived into her nineties). So yes women have been having change of life babies since forever!

    • Sherry says:

      I had my first at 34, my second at 39 and my last at 41. All of them were preplanned. However, I had a neighbor who had an “Oopsie baby” at 47 after thinking she could never have kids. I believe her.

    • Krista says:

      That’s true, but at that age, the number of “eggs” (they’re actually called oocytes) that a woman has that can be ovulated is remarkably small. Not all women are the same, obviously, but still.

      • Sam says:

        Krista, that depends on the woman. Egg death is largely predicated upon the age at which a woman begins her period. If a woman does not get her period until her late teens or even 20s, she will actually have far more viable egg cells left in her 40s than a woman who became fertile earlier. Hence, the late bloomer will have a far better chance of pregnancy later in life.

    • PennyLane says:

      My sister’s friend was 49 and her husband was 60 when they conceived their second child without any medical assistance (they had their first child at 43). Both children are healthy.

      She said that every time she went in for a prenatal checkup, all the OBGs in the hospital wanted to examine her “because she was such an interesting case”! LOL

      So yes, it definitely does happen.

    • Adrien says:

      Women who conceive in their late 40s most likely had given birth before ( in their 20s or 30s). Very rare for a mid to late 40s women to be first time moms. Laura Linney had her firstborn at 49. That’s very, very rare.

      • Ennie says:

        + 1 I was give a reality check about that by a doctor when I told them my mom had me at 43. I wa 35 and trying to get preg for the 1st time. It never happened, even using help.
        Sometimes it is hard to get over it, but what can we do? PErimenopausia started for me after my parent’s deaths, maybe something was triggered by the depression I went trough.

    • Amulla says:

      It is RARE, but some women do get pregnant naturally around age 46, 47 but it is usually women who have been pregnant many times before. Pregnancy seems to keep the ovaries young.

      Its funny how Hollywood women seem to defy the odds when it comes to pregnancy. Do actresses have magical ovaries? No, they get something called donor eggs. There is nothing wrong with using a donor egg to conceive, but it is sad that not one famous woman can stand up and say “I used a donor egg”. Many of us know that they did, anyway.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      Until you’ve reached menopause (going 1 year without a period), you can get pregnant. You do ovulate during peri-menopause, it just starts slowing down until it eventual stops.

  10. Penny says:

    Every pregnancy could be described as pre-menopausal, the word is perimenopausal.

    The term geriatric pregnancy (more often called an advanced age pregnancy these days) isn’t about saying the pregnant woman is old in general, just that she’s old in terms of conceiving and carrying a pregnancy. If it helps think about how people talk about older athletes. Roger Federer is a young man if we’re talking generally, but he’s pretty long in the tooth when we’re talking tennis. 46 is old when you’re talking pregnancy, most women can’t conceive at that age even with medical assistance and those that do are far more likely to have problems carrying to term. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule like Halle, but it’s still rare.

    There are also medical terms to describe unusually young mothers because they too are prone to difficult pregnancies, it’s not about age-ism but about providing the right care to the right people.

  11. QQ says:

    ive been doing a lot of drop crotch pants so I kinda love!… The hair is also a biiigggg awesome win for me

    • Renee says:

      I love them too!!! I am thinking of investing in some, but I am worried that they will make me look dumpy. At the same time I kinda don’t care because they look super comfy…

    • Dubois says:

      I want Bieber pants too!!

    • Klaw says:

      HammerTime! Bieber wasn’t the first.

    • doloreschurch says:

      I love them. I just wore a pair to my pedicure this afternoon and was complimented. I thought everyone hated them but me. But I have never cared. I have been wearing them for a couple of years now in different forms and I still dig them.

  12. Miss Jupitero says:

    The official terminology is AMA, Advanced Maternal Age. Nothing more than that. Nobody say geriatric.

    Women are having children later and later and later. Author Susan Orlean had her first child in her fifties. I think it is nuts myself, but to each their own.

    • Sayrah says:

      Yes but that’s when a woman hits 35. I wonder if there’s a different term post 45.

    • amy tennant says:

      My sister in law had a baby at 40, and yes, they used the term geriatric pregnancy. My friend had a baby at 37, and the doctors even called hers “geriatric pregnancy.” It is a real term.

    • Bridget says:

      I know several women who’s care provider used the term “geriatric” in addition to “AMA”

    • Kim1 says:

      A doctor was just discussing geriatric pregnancy on my local news about two weeks ago .I believe he was talking about women over 40 .

    • paranormalgirl says:

      The official TERMS are AMA or geriatric pregnancy. Saw both used during my OB/GYN rotation, which admittedly was quite some time ago, but I just saw a journal article about “geriatric pregnancy and anti depressant medications” so it’s still clearly used.

    • doloreschurch says:

      Read Penny, 2 posts above you. She explained geriatric pregnancy really well.

  13. Jayna says:

    She’s so beautiful.

  14. Hannah says:

    Why is an anecdote about breastfeeding “TMI”??

    • Santolina says:

      Exactly, and why do people get so bent out of shape when a woman nurses her baby in public? I notice that Ellen likes to cry “TMI” when she should be letting women speak authentically about their lives.

      • Marigold says:

        Interesting that Ellen always wants details about the birth (drugs or no drugs) but thinks talking about a baby eating is TMI.

    • poorimmigrant says:

      I don’t care if this is TMI or not, I just wanna know if this is true:P? Boys suck different? Or maybe that’s individual thing and Halle is generalizing?

      • Miss M says:

        I have friends who nursed both that say it is different. Some of them said it was painful to nurse their boys. My mother also said it was different too.

      • Rob says:

        Its true for me. I had my 2 boys first and a daughter last. Boys were constantly eating and never kept full. Yes, they did eat like that! I was literally laughing out loud when Halle was telling her story! When my daughter came along I thought feeding her would be like her brothers. Thankfully, she was kept satisfied and I was able to do so until she weaned herself at 13 mos. Like Halle explained they do feed (suck) differently. But I think everybaby can be different. Hope that answers your question.

      • poorimmigrant says:

        Miss M and Rob, thank you for your answers, that’s very interesting.

  15. nora says:

    in France from the age of 35 we say that c is a late pregnancy, I am always amazed when I see women over 45 years have children I wonder if c is natural!

  16. niccs says:

    The official term is “elderly pregnancy” for anyone 35yrs or older

  17. Dawn says:

    Halle has to great of a body to mess it up those UGLY pants. Truly! As far as her baby boy goes I don’t know what happened but I am happy she is healthy and the baby is healthy and Nahla got a sibling. And I am really glad that the fight between her and Gabe has seemed to finally burn out. That Nahla is such a beautiful little girl and looks so much like her dad as she gets older. Good luck to all of them!

  18. Nev says:


  19. Merritt says:

    After the mid-thirties the body starts producing more FSH. Many women her age ovulate in both ovaries, which also increases their likelihood of having fraternal twins. It is not unusual to have a baby at this age.

  20. Cupcake says:

    A woman 10 years younger than her is also having a geriatric pregnancy! I understand the reasoning, but I don’t love the term!

  21. Elisabeth says:

    I heard she went to a fertility specialist so getting pregnant really shouldn’t have been a complete surprise

    • Kim1 says:

      Well just because a gossip site or tabloid says it doesn’t make it true.Unless you”heard” this from a friend or associate of Halle. I believe when she says she was surprised but we will never know for sure.

    • someone says:

      I’ve always thought her surprise was that the IVF actually worked and the pregnancy didn’t miscarry. I will always doubt this was a 100% natural “surprise” conception. But that is just my opinion…..

      • Ennie says:


      • TG says:

        Yes, the statement she released to announce her pregnancy was one of the cleverest PR statements I have ever seen. It can be interpreted that she was surprised to IVF or other means of assistance worked it that it was a genuine surprise due to unplanned pregnancy. I can’t stand this woman but I could care less how the baby was conceived. I was more interested on her comments about how her daughter had a nightmare about Halle taking her cupcake from her and me being the b-tch that I am kept immediately thought the cupcake was symbolic of Halle trying to take Nahla away from her father and the cupcake represented Gabriel Aubry. I will never believe this woman just decided that her actions were wrong. Maybe she really does plan on behaving, I hope for the sake of all.

  22. Ginger says:

    When I discussed if it was safe for me to get pregnant again at 35 (I had my son at 32 and had severe complications that put our lives at risk) and my doctor and ob/gyn said it was too risky my doctor just had to add bluntly ” you are too old anyway!” I’ll never forget that.

    • Willa says:

      Your doctor was an ass! I just had mine two months ago at 35 and I’m not “too old!”

    • HappyMom says:

      Oh please. I had my last one at 42. Your doctor sounds like an idiot for saying that.

    • Amulla says:

      A male doctor would never tell a 35 year old man that he is “too old”. But men at this age start to experience a decline in their own fertility as well. It is a fact. It is why clinics don’t accept sperm donors over the age of 40.

    • Jessica says:

      Your doctor is a jerk! Mine said go for it and call him as soon as I have the good news.

  23. Maggie says:

    Stunning woman. I think the crazy comments are unfair considering no one knows her. She comes across as a sane person to me. Hard to believe she’s 47!

    • Patty Cake says:

      @ Maggie. That’s because people always rend to take the man’s side when they ask the the man why they broke up with the woman. Childish guys just default yo the answer ‘oh, I had to break up with her cuz she was crazy.’ What gets me is there are women that are stupid enough to believe it, especially when there is more than one ex saying it. I just tend to believe that she has dated and married a string of ignorant, childish, and even abusive men. Which she learned from watching her father beat her mother when growing up. I think the people just want to believe that Gabriel Aubrey was this great guy, when all he’s really doing is living off her support, I.e. a gold digger. And before anybody asks, would you say the same about a woman? I say this: usually the woman is the primary custodial parent and has to care for the child the majority of the time regardless if there a celeb or not so the funds provided to the custodial parent doesn’t make them a gold digger. Its what any parent should do for the welfare of the child.

      • Elisabeth says:

        the other side would be that she is a self-centered woman that is nearly impossible to live with and just because she’s beautiful doesn’t make her a ‘beautiful person’ with misguided choices. I’ve always gotten the ‘crazy girl’ vibe from her

    • Lucinda says:

      I have followed her stuff for twenty years. Long before Mr. Aubry. She has always been erratic, had suspiciously awful stuff happen to her and has a history of accusing her exes of being abusive, men who were never accused of that by anyone else. I do think she is unstable and if a man said the same things she says, I would think he was unstable too. There are only a few celebrities I truly believe has come kind of mental illness. She is one of them. Lindsay Lohan is the other. I think we just don’t get male unstable behavior reported as often or I would probably have a guy on that list too. Oh, wait, Chris Brown. He definitely has some issues although I think they stem more from abuse than mental illness.

      • Thinker says:

        I suspect.mental illness from Halle too. Beautiful woman, but she’s got a track record of stories that just don’t add up.

        I’d add to the list of known/assumed mentally ill male celebrities: Charlie Sheen, Gary Busey.

  24. MrsBPitt says:

    Halle looks fantastic! I can’t believe she is 47. I wonder whats up with the hubby? Notice she didn’t really talk about him at all. I call the split is coming in less than six months. Anyone want to make a bet with me? lol

  25. G says:

    I wore harem pants in high school and I’m not going back. I’m around her age early 40′s and my only thought is has anybody actually seen her new baby?

  26. little_blu says:

    Can’t agree with the comment about boys vs. girls nursing – I have a two month old girl who is a hungry monkey at the boob.. lol, just depends on the nature of the individual child.

  27. Abby says:

    I cannot believe she’s 47. That’s incredible. I laughed at the bf part but my boy doesn’t nurse like that and I know a girl who does. I think it depends on the kid. Still funny though!

  28. TheOriginalKitten says:


    I’m angry.

    • mayamae says:

      Considering she’s also diabetic, I’m going with she sold her soul to the devil.

  29. leidub311 says:

    Where do I get the earrings she wore on Ellen?! She looks awesome.

  30. jwoolman says:

    The term “geriatric pregnancy” makes me think of the lady in the bible who became pregnant allegedly at 80, because God thought her hubby deserved a son… :)

    A vet surprised me once by calling my seven year old cat “geriatric”, which seemed quite a stretch. But she said that’s the typical categorization, since they need to start looking out for things typically occurring in older cats at that age. Doesn’t mean there is going to be a problem for a particular cat. I imagine the human doctors use the term similarly.

    In Halle’s case, she was in really good physical shape and has always needed to be careful of her eating because of Type I diabetes. So even with the diabetes, she was probably more ready for a pregnancy at her age than a lot of younger people.

    • Amulla says:

      Actually, it is a myth that being in good physical shape means you stay fertile. This myth has been perpetuated by celebrity women who try to disguise the fact they had to use donor eggs and IVF to get pregnant.

      The main way to protect one’s fertility is a way that does not have popularity with feminists or our current society: start having children when young (early 20s if possible) and have more than one. Biology and political correctness are two different things.

  31. GracePM says:

    I’m Halle’s age, and like her, had a baby at age 46. It was unexpected and surprising! My pregnancy was normal except for the twice weekly NSTs the last five weeks.
    I like to hear from other people that have gone through this. I’m not the only crazy one.

    • why not says:

      We conceived our first baby at 38 with no interventions in only our second month of trying and it was only ONE try during that time (TMI!! Ha ha). My husband was 33. I used ovulation strips for the timing, which I bought much cheaper online. I had no complications with the pregnancy. I gave birth to a perfect, healthy baby girl at age 39.

      My naturopath said it can be the case that if a woman is going to have trouble conceiving, it often doesn’t matter if she’s 27 or 37. Obviously scientifically, the older you are, the less the chance of a healthy pregnancy but I wanted to share my story because it’s very possible and more common than many people think. At the same time, I have younger friends who’ve had much more trouble though (fertility drugs, many years of trying or many miscarriages), so I do feel very lucky. I was never referred to as “geriatric” or at an “advanced age” and had never heard of it – thank goodness! I probably would’ve wanted to punch someone! Now I guess I’ll be super geriatric as I’m trying for another at age 40.

      My advice is to try and relax about it, which I know can be hard. A friend of mine had given up after many rounds of fertility treatments then conceived on a romantic getaway. I know other couples who’ve adopted wonderful children.

  32. ladybug says:

    Actually, any pregnancy after the age of 23 is clinically classified as a “geriatric pregnancy.” It’s just a medical term and not meant to be pejorative.

  33. someone says:

    You know, if you really listen to how she worded it — she is not unequivocally saying it happened naturally. She says she was pre-menopausal and “didn’t think it could happen”. At her age, IVF isn’t a 100 certainty to work. Her “surprise” could really have been the fact that it did indeed work and did carry successfully to term. Even at her age IVF with Donor eggs only has a 65% chance of working so you have to know going in that it might not happen for you. Hence the miracle feeling she has about it……

  34. Hahahaha says:

    Is it weird that we haven’t seen the baby?

  35. RachelY says:

    Actually any pregnancy over the age of 35 is considered a “Geriatric pregnancy” or an “advanced age pregnancy” I found this out when I got pregnant at 35….