The average age women have their first baby is around 26 years old, and that’s according to the most recent study by the CDC in 2014. Many studies have shown that in the United States, women are waiting longer and longer to start families.
Some people plan their whole lives out; graduate college, get a job, get married and then have kids. And some people have a baby before college, get married while their getting a degree and then keeping having more babies. Some people have babies fresh out of high school and choose to work directly out of high school. Everyone goes about parenthood, and life in general, in different ways. And that’s likely due to the fact that everyone is very, very different. As many parents with one or more kids will suggest, there’s never a perfect time to have a baby!
Business Insider suggests the following on why some mother’s choose to wait to have babies. “Even if it were easier to combine a career and having kids, there are personal reasons a woman might decide to wait to start a family, Elizabeth Gregory writes in "Ready: Why Women are Embracing the New Later Motherhood." Women may want to accomplish specific goals, to have certain experiences, to be in a relationship with the right partner, to be financially and emotionally stable, or any combination of these factors.”
On the contrary, Care.com lists 10 benefits of becoming a mother at a young age including; it’s easier to relate to your children, you will have more time with your kids, you have time to plan your future with you children in mind, you’ll have an empty nest earlier and more.
Whether or not a person chooses to start a family at a young age or wait until later in life, there’s really no right or wrong. The below list takes a closer look at 15 celebrities who were, surprisingly, teen moms. Additionally, there is information on 5 moms who chose to wait until their 40's and up to give birth.
20 Natalia Vodianova 18
Born in Russia in 1982, Natalia Vodianova began her modeling once career was she was signed with Viva Models at the age of 17. Models.com outlines her modeling career, “She has appeared in ad campaigns for David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, L'Oreal, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, and Calvin Klein and has been featured on the covers of many magazines including Vanity Fair, Vogue, i-D, W, Italian Vogue, British Vogue, and Pop.” Renowned for her work in philanthropy, Vodianova founded the Naked Heart foundation in 2004, in addition to many other accomplishments and awards.
Vodianova was 18 years old when she gave birth to her first son, Lucas Alexander. At the time, Vodianova was married to Justin Portman, a British Aristocrat. They went on to have two other children; daughter Neva born in 2006 and son Viktor born in 2007. Vodianova and Portman separated in 2011. Vodianova has since moved onto have two additional children with new beau, Antoine Arnault. Their son Maxim was born in 2014 and son Roman in 2016.
In an interview with WMagazine.com Vodianova describes her current life with husband and 5 kids in their Paris apartment, “It’s a wonderful mess.”
19 Niki Taylor 19
Signed as a model at the young age of 14, Niki Taylor has had a highly successful modeling career. Taylor was born in Florida in 1975. Models.com describes Niki’s career, “Niki Taylor has become one of the most successful international models of all time. She began modeling at the age of 14 and immediately captured the heart of America with her girl-next-door charm and undeniable beauty. Niki has achieved a staggering list of accomplishments in every aspect of the fashion industry with an 80% recognition factor today with women between the ages of 25 to 45. $785 million has been spent in advertising campaigns that feature her world-renowned image...”
Taylor gave birth to her first children at the age of 19. She had twin boys, Hunter and Jake. At the time, she was married to former linebacker Matt Martinez. The couple split after two years of marriage. In 2006 Taylor remarried Nascar driver Burney Lamar and the pair went on to have two additional children, daughter Ciel in in 2009 and son Rex in 2011.
Taylor can still be spotted on magazine covers and on best-dressed lists today. Follow her on Instagram @nikilovesu for a peak into her lavish life.
18 Anna Nicole Smith 18
The late Anna Nicole Smith gave birth to her first child, Daniel Wayne Smith, in 1986, when she was just 18 years old. She was married to her first husband, Billy Wayne Smith. The couple split and she famously was married to Howard J. Smith, a businessman and noteable billionaire. Howard J Smith passed away in 1995, after just over a year of marriage to Anna Nicole. Smith went on to give birth to a daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead in September of 2006.
Most commonly known for her work with Playboy, Smith lived a life constantly in the headlines. Unfortunately, Smith’s son passed away in 2006, shortly after the birth of Smith’s daughter. Not all stories have a happy ending. Anna Nicole Smith suffered a prescription medication addiction and passed away in 2007.
Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn, now lives with her father, Larry Birkhead and lives a quiet life in Kentucky. People.com reports, “Though Birkhead keeps his daughter out of the spotlight, the pair lives in rural Kentucky and make an annual trip to the horse race.” The pair have charming photos together from each Kentucky Derby Dannielynn has attended thus far.
17 Shirley Temple 19
The late Shirley Temple was born in California in 1928. “Shirley Temple Black is widely regarded as an American heroine who devoted her career first to films and then to public service. The United States ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 until 1992, she is still remembered by millions of fans for her success as a child movie star in the 1930s,” writes NoteableBiographies.com.
Temple gave birth to her first child when she was 19. Her first daughter, Linda Susan Agar was born in 1948. DailyEntertainmentNews.com writes, “ She was the first daughter of Shirley and her first husband, John Agar; who from Army Air Corps Sergeant became a professional actor.” Temple was married to Agar for four years before the couple divorced. She remarried shortly after to husband Charles Black. She went on to have a son, Charles in 1952 and her second daughter, Lori in 1954. Black also adopted her first daughter, Linda.
In an interview with CloserWeekly.com in 2015, Temple’s children looked back on fond memories of their mother during a charity auction. “Like the little girl in the pictures, the real Shirley “was always up for an adventure, always interested in what was happening and very involved with the world, always,” says her daughter Susan. So much so that in later years, she was stationed abroad as a U.S. ambassador. Still, even with all her success her son Charles says, “My mother would say that her family was her biggest accomplishment.”
16 Keisha Castle-Hughes 16
Most recently known for her role as Obara Sand in Game of Thrones, Keisha Castle-Hughes is another celebrity who is among the ranks of teen mothers. Castle-Hughes gave birth to her daughter, Felicity in 2006, when she was 16 years old. She split from the child’s father, Bradley Hull, in 2010. She remarried to Jonathan Morrison in 2013 and the pair went on to have a divorce in 2016. Felicity is Castle-Hughes only child.
According to IMDB.com, “Keisha Castle-Hughes was born on March 24, 1990 in Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia. She is an actress and producer, known for Whale Rider (2002), The Nativity Story (2006) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).”
As many mother’s will say, her daughter is the light of her life. Esme.com writes, “And when it came to her daughter, it was love at first sight. “It was completely unplanned, but having Felicity was the best thing that could ever have happened to me,” Castle-Hughes told Women’s Weekly in 2012.” And on her teen pregnancy, “One of the most important things I’ve learned and tell people is that having a baby is . . . not a roadblock,” she told Vanity Fair. “Your life doesn’t have to stop. You can still get yourself educated and follow your dreams.”
15 Jamie Lynn Spears 16
A lot of millenials recognize Jamie Lynn as both Britney Spears’ little sister and from her role as Zoey Brooks in Zoey 101. Jamie Lynn Spears made headlines everywhere when she fell pregnant at 16 in 2007. She gave birth to her daughter, Maddie, fathered by then boyfriend Casey Aldridge. Spears and Aldridge had an on again off again relationship until they called it quits for good in 2010.
After taking a hiatus to raise her daughter Maddie, Spears returned to the music scene with the single ‘How I Could I Want More’ in 2013. Her website states, “Jamie Lynn Spears is already a seasoned entertainment veteran. After six years focused on raising her daughter, Maddie, the Kentwood, LA native is back in the spotlight with a sound and style that truly captures her Southern roots.”
Spears married her current husband, Jamie Watson, in 2014. She continues to produce music and will be performing this August in Sweet Home, OR. Spears and her husband welcomed daughter Ivey Joan in April of this year. Follow Jamie Lynn Spears on Instagram @jamielynnspears for adorable updates of her two daughters.
14 Bristol Palin 18
Another headline making Mama, Bristol Palin is the daughter of Sarah and Todd Palin. Bristol fell pregnant with her then boyfriend Levi Johnston when she was 16 years old. The pair become engaged and welcomed son Tripp Easton-Mitchell Johnston Palin, in 2008. All of this happened of course during her mother, Sarah’s candidacy for Vice President. Palin and Johnston split for good in 2009. Following her mother’s candidacy, Bristol took part in several television shows and speaking engagement opportunities; including a spot on Dancing with the Stars in 2012.
In 2015, Palin announced her engagement to Dakota Meyer. They were married in 2016 and in February of this year Meyer filed for divorce, though the couple seems to be reconciling. They have two daughters together; Sailor Grace born in 2015 and Atlee Bay born in 2017. Dailymail.co.uk writes, “Bristol and Dakota appear to be giving their marriage another shot after he had filed for divorce in January. The mom hinted at the reunion in April when she shared a sweet family photo of Dakota with Sailor and Tripp. ‘'Thankful for you,' Bristol captioned the image, adding a heart emoji and tagging her husband in the post. Bristol also updated her Instagram name to include her husband's last name.” Follow her journey and check out her darling kiddos over on her Instagram account @bsmp2.
13 Asia Nitollano 17
Winner of the series “The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll”, Asia Nitollano joined the group in 2007. However, she gave up the gig after a few short months to pursue a solo career.
Nitollano was 17 years old when she gave birth to her daughter, Thais Amaylia Nitollano. According to Nitollano’s website, “She is now pursing her solo career as a singer, as well as her dancing career with the mommy daughter team duo with her daughter Thais.” Nitollano pens of her daughter, “Thais Amaylia Nitollano was born May. 27th, 2005. She is Puertorican, Afro-American, Filipino and Dominican. Thais is a dancer and singer just like her mother. She also studies the violin at school and is on the Gymnastics team. Thais loves to bake and loves fashion design. You can see her many talents on Musical.ly and in our Mommy Daughter Team videos.”
Also on her website, you will find that the Mommy Daughter Team is available to book for TV appearances, live performances and commercials. You can follow along on their Instagram @mommydaughterteam, YouTube at Asia Nitollano and on Facebook @AsiaNitollano.
12 Solange Knowles 17
This singer, model and actress is little sister to Beyonce Knowles. Solange Knowles gave birth to her son Daniel in 2004 when she was 17 years old. At the time she was married to Daniel Smith. The couple divorced in 2007. Solange and son currently reside in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In a letter penned to herself for TeenVogue, Solange writes, “seventeen will be the hardest year of your life. it will grow you up almost immediately. you will lose your best friend whom you love so much to gun violence in a single moment, and give birth to a new one within a year. you will be terrified, and it’s ok that you don’t know what the future holds. some people will count you out because of the decision you’ve made to bring another life into the world so young, but you made the decision out of love and will live with the decision in love.”
Solange used her early pregnancy, motherhood and other aspects of her life to inspire her music. Her most recent album, A Seat at the Table, was released in September of 2016. You can tune in on YouTube, Spotify, ITunes and Google Play.
11 Sofia Vergara 19
Sofia Vergara is renowned for her acting career. Her acting career began with a Pepsi commercial when she was just 17 years old. Vergara has since been featured in around 42 films and television shows, according to IMDB.com. She is currently most known for her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in the hit show, ‘Modern Family.’ In addition to that role, she has also recently been featured in films, ‘Hot Pursuit’ and ‘The Emoji Movie.’
Vergara married her high school sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez, and gave birth to their son, Manolo in 1991, when she was 19 years old. She and Gonzalez divorced in 1993. Vergara has since remarried to actor Joe Manganiello in 2015.
Manganiello and Vergara have both been quoted talking about the possibility of more children, but so far, Manolo remains Vergara’s only child. As quoted in CloserWeekly.com, “Sofia has even opened up about having kids with Joe in the past. "My husband is [four years] younger than me and he wants kids so we're trying to figure out what we're going to do," she once shared with The Edit. "The idea of doing it all again doesn't scare me but, hey, it's not like it's going to happen naturally, is it?"”
10 Naomi Judd 18
According to NaomiJudd.com, “Naomi Judd is a country music singer and songwriter, best known as half of The Judds singing duo with her daughter, Wynonna. They have had more than 20 top ten hits, and The Judds have won five Grammy Awards. Naomi Judd is also the mother of actress Ashley Judd.”
Naomi Judd, born Diana Ellen Judd, gave birth to her first daughter, Wynonna, born Christina, when she was 18 years old. At the age of 22 she gave birth to her second daughter, Ashley. Ashley’s father is Charles Jordan, Naomi’s then boyfriend. Naomi was married to her first daughter’s father, Michael Ciminella, but they divorced and Judd raised both of her daughter’s as a single parent.
Judd has a laundry list of involvement and accomplishments. In 2016 she published a book, ‘River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope.’ Additionally, she was recently featured on My Kitchen Rules, alongside hubby Larry Strickland, who she has been married to since 1989.
9 Evelyn Lozada 17
Basketball Wives star, Evelyn Lozada gave birth to her first child, Shaniece Hairston in 1993, when she was 17 years old. Following the birth of her first child, Lozada dated NBA player Antoine Walker for 10 years, from 1998 until 2008. After they split, Lozada married Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson, NFL Player, in July of 2012, after several years of dating. The couple was divorced by the end of 2012.
Lozada began dating Carl Crawford, MLB player, in 2013. The pair announced their engagement in 2013, welcomed a son, Carl Leo Crawford in 2014 and ended up calling the engagement off in 2017 when the couple split. Since, Lozada was reportedly dating rapper French Montana, but according to her Instagram account, she is single and loving it.
In addition to her spot on Basketball Wives, Lozada is known for her reality TV show, Livin’ Lozada. The show ran for two seasons and was cancelled upon Lozada’s return to a revamp of Basketball Wives, which aired this May. You can keep up with Lozada on her social media accounts in addition to her website, evelynlozada.com. Her website features a shop, recent news features and a blog she posts updates to occasionally.
8 Jourdan Dunn 19
British model and actress Jourdan Dunn gave birth to her son, Riley Dunn, in 2009. She was 19 years old at the time. An interview with DailyMail.UK says the following of Dunn’s pregnancy, “However proving she was the ultimate professional, Jourdan modelled until she was six months pregnant and couldn't fit into clothes - and returned to the catwalk just 10 weeks after the birth. The model recently praised her own mother for helping out with Riley while she jets across the globe to fulfill work commitments.”
As a model, she was signed to Storm Model Management in 2006 and has been a force in the field ever since. Models.com states, “London born Jourdan Dunn was discovered in a local Primark at 16 and has been unstoppable ever since. Voted the British Fashion Council's "Model of the Year" in 2008 as well as being one of the 4 cover models for Vogue Italia's iconic Black Models issue, July 2008. Has walked the runways for nearly every top designer an making history as the first black model since Naomi to strut for Prada, Jourdan is a bona-fide star.” Dunn has also made appearances in several music videos including Beyonce’s ‘Yonce’ and and ‘XO’ in addition to Nicki Minaj’s ‘Regret In Your Tears.’
7 Emily Maynard 19
Everyone’s favorite Bachelorette, Becca Maynard is no stranger to The Bachelor Series. According to USWeekly, “After a brief engagement to Brad Womack following season 15 of The Bachelor in 2011, Maynard went on to star as The Bachelorette for season 8 in 2012. She said yes after contestant Jef Holm popped the question, but the duo ended their relationship three months after the series wrapped. The I Said Yes: My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption, and True Love author finally found her match in Johnson and they wed in 2014.”
Maynard’s first child, daughter, Josephine Riddick Hendrick, was born in 2004 when Maynard was 19 years old. IMDB writes, “(Maynard) was in a relationship with Ricky Hendrick from 1999 until his death on October 24, 2004. They got engaged in April 2004 but Hendrick died 6 months later. Shortly after his death, Emily found out that she was pregnant with his child.”
Maynard is now married to Taylor Johnson and the couple has three sons together in addition to their daughter Ricki; Jennings Tyler, 2, Gibson Kyle, 18 months and Gatlin Avery, 4 months. Follow her on Instagram @emilygmaynard for updates on her adorable family.
6 Savannah (Brinson) James 18
Married to high school sweetheart, Lebron James. The pair have been married since 2013. They have three children together. The first, Lebron James Junior, was born in 2004 when Brinson was 18 years old. In 2007 they welcomed another son, Bryce Maximus James and daughter Zhuri James was born in 2014.
NBAFamily.Wikia states of Brinson, “A devoted wife, community activist, and mother, has dedicated her life to supporting husband LeBron James in all his endeavors, both on and off the court. Currently the Vice President of the LeBron James Family Foundation, James plays an active role in fund raising and development and in supporting various organizations and charities in Miami and Akron, where she presently resides.
When discussing their first pregnancy with Lebron Jr, Lebron said, “But James kept rising in the sports world. Senior year, Savannah became pregnant with the couple's first child. She was scared, but said James assured her: "'It's not going to slow me down, and it's not going to slow you down. We're going to keep doing what we have to do,” in an interview with BusinessInsider.com. The couple are clearly relationship goals, and you can catch a glimpse of their idyllic life over at Savannah’s Instagram @mrs_savannahrj.
5 (Past Their Prime) Kelly Preston 48
Actress Kelly Preston is married to John Travolta. The pair has been married since 1991. The couple had three children together. Their son Jett was born in 1992 and tragically passed away in 2009 due to complications from Kawasaki disease, which he was born with. Preston gave birth to a daughter in 2000 and at the age of 48 she gave birth to another son, Benjamin.
IMDB.com states that outside of her acting career, Preston has stayed very busy. “Kelly is also actively involved in education, drug reform and many different charitable organizations. As a result of her work, she has been acknowledged with numerous awards and recognition.”
When Preston gave birth to Benjamin in 2010 the couple was overjoyed. People Magazine reported in 2011, “These days, the Travolta home in Ocala, Fla., is filled with joy, lullabies from Dad (“A Bushel and a Peck,” from the musical Guys and Dolls, is a favorite), readings of Good Night, Gorilla and hugs from big sister Ella. Best moment for both parents so far? Benjamin’s first smile.”
According to Preston’s website, current hobbies include spending time with her family, antiquing and traveling the world with her children and husband.
4 (Past Their Prime) Brigitte Nielsen 54
Recently making headline news, actress and model Brigitte Nielsen and husband, Mattia Dessi are expecting a child. Nielsen is 54 years old, and this child will be her fifth.
Nielsen has been married four times previously and has four sons. Julian Winding, 24, Killian Gastineau, 28, Douglas Meyer, 25 and Raoul Meyer Jr., 23. Julian Winding is the son of Nielsen and her first husband, Kasper Winding, whom Nielsen divorced in 1984. After her marriage to Sylvester Stallone, she was engaged to Mark Gastineau who fathered her second child, Killian. From 1990-1992 Nielsen was married to Sebastian Copeland but the pair split. She married Raoul Meyer and the couple had two children together, Douglas and Raoul Jr.
Nielsen dropped the news of her fifth pregnancy on her Instagram account on May 28th. She posted a photo (above) with the caption, “family getting larger ❤️ #me #family#brigittenielsen #babybump” Nielsen has revealed little else about her pregnancy but she is certainly glowing! According to DailyMail.co.uk, “Although it is highly unusual for women in their fifties to have children, the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention says births by women between the ages of 50 and 54 increased by more than 165 percent from 2000 to 2013. Nielsen has not yet spoken to the media in regards to any pregnancy details. Be sure to follow her on Instagram @realbrigittenielsen if you’re hoping for any updates!
3 (Past Their Prime) Geena Davis 48
Geena Davis’ acting career began in 1982 and the actress hasn’t slowed down since. She is famous for her roles in films including ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘A League of Their Own,’ the Stuart Little series and many more! Most recently, she is known for her roles in both ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’
Davis was married three times before she married husband and father of her children, Reza Jarrahy. Davis gave birth to daughter Alizeh Keshvar in 2002 when she was 46 and at the age of 48 she gave birth to twin sons Kian William and Kaiis Steven. It was announced earlier in May that Davis and her husband had divorced and that Jarrahy had filed for joint custody of the three children.
The ‘Thelma and Louise’ star is the founder of ‘See Jane’, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. The website explains, “Founded by Academy-Award® winning actor and advocate Geena Davis in 2004, The Institute is the first and only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence content creators, marketers and audiences about the importance of eliminating unconscious bias, highlighting gender balance, challenging stereotypes, creating role models and scripting a wide variety of strong female characters in entertainment and media that targets and influences children ages 11 and under. The Institute is also the only organization employing the GD-IQ tool to create systemic change in entertainment media content creation.”
The 62 year old mother of three certainly keeps busy, between her three kids and her foundation. You can follow her on Instagram @gdigm.
2 (Past Their Prime) Mariah Carey 42
Singer Mariah Carey has put out over 20 albums and is a worldwide sensation. We all love her classics and many of us dance around to her Christmas specials every December. The singer and songwriter has a long list of accomplishments to be proud of including her two children, twins Moroccan and Monroe.
The twins were born in 2011 when Carey, 42, was married to Nick Cannon. Carey had previously been married to Tommy Mottola from 1993 to 2000. She married Cannon in 2008 but the couple split in 2014 and their divorce was finalized in 2016. Carey and Canon welcomed their twins, boy and girl, into the world on April 30th, 2011.
Though divorced, the pair continue to raise their children together. People.com states, “Carey and Cannon, who broke up in 2014 after six years of marriage, remain focused on spending time together as a family and have frequently been spotted on outings together — from fun-filled days at Disneyland to celebrating the twins’ birthdays to coloring eggs for Easter. Just… don’t use the term “co-parenting” to Cannon. “It’s funny when they say ‘co-parenting’ — that phrase is a little redundant,” Cannon told PEOPLE in January. “You can’t co-parent, you have to parent, and that’s what we do well because when it comes to our children, we’re selfless individuals — they’re first.”
1 (Past Their Prime) Janet Jackson 50
Singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Janet Jackson gave birth to her first and only child, boy Eissa Al Mana in January of 2017 when she was 50 years old. The father of Eissa, Wissam Al Mana, was married to Jackson from 2012 until April 2017, when the couple announced they were pursuing a divorce. Jackson was previously married to James De Barge from 1984-1985. She was then married to Rene Elizondo Jr. Their marriage was a secret until they split in 2000.
The youngest member of the famous Jackson family, Jackson’s career began at a young age. Biography.com writes, “Born on May 16, 1966, in Gary, Indiana, Janet Jackson is an award-winning recording artist and actress who's the youngest child of the Jackson family of musicians. She is best known for hit singles like "Nasty," "Love Will Never Do (Without You)," "That's the Way Love Goes," "Together Again" and "All for You." Jackson is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in contemporary music, having released an array of multi-platinum albums like Control, Rhythm Nation 1814 and Janet in collaboration with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. In 2015 she reunited with the two producers for Unbreakable, which became her seventh No. 1 album.”
Jackson and her son made headlines several months ago when they hit the beach together in Miami on a stop for Jackson’s ‘Unbreakable’ Tour. Jackson is on tour this summer and you can find dates on her website at JanetJackson.com.
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