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Brigitte Nielsen’s Baby: Is Pregnancy Over 50 a Good Idea?

We want to hear thoughts from you, her contemporaries, about pregnancy over 50 and the challenges and rewards of having a baby at this age.

A new baby is always a joy, but there’s no denying that being a new parent is hard work. It also goes without saying that being pregnant is no walk in the park—and pregnancy over 50 can be especially tough.

Which brings us to Brigitte Nielson. Did you catch the news earlier this year that Nielsen—who starred in a string of movies back in the day like Red Sonja, Rocky IV, and Beverly Hills Cop II—is expecting her fifth child…at age 54?

We’re growing accustomed to older moms, with plenty of 40-something famous faces in the news with their bambinos, and Janet Jackson having her son at age 50. Nielsen, who’s married to Mattia Dessi, age 39, seems to be setting a new record among celebs showing that pregnancy may not have an age limit. While Nielsen has spoken before about perhaps giving IVF a try, however, she’s been mum (see what we did there?) about whether this pregnancy involved any medical intervention.

We’re saying congrats to Nielsen, but enough about us. We know you are having a reaction right now to the thought of a 54-year-old woman about to give birth. Is it, Wow, what a lucky woman? Or perhaps, Not something I’d do, but this is good news; I guess 50 really is the new 30? Or maybe what’s running through your head is, OMG, what is she thinking?!, or perhaps, No way should a woman that age be doing this!

But whatever it is we’d love to hear from Brigitte’s contemporaries. Tell us in the comments below.

A version of this article was originally published in June 2018.
By Janet Siroto


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