Cameron Diaz welcomes her second child at 51

by Ally Cohen
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The news of Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden welcoming their second child, Cardinal Madden, at the age of 51, in March 2024, has sparked conversations about older motherhood. By Ally Cohen

In a world where age often dictates the timeline for major life events, the journey of Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden is a testament to breaking norms. The recent announcement of their second child, Cardinal Madden, at Cameron’s age of 51, has ignited conversations about the joys and challenges of parenthood later in life. 

Diaz, known for her iconic roles on screen, continues to defy stereotypes with enthusiasm proving that age is not a barrier for her expanding her family. 

Benefits of parenthood at an older age

While the decision to become a parent later in life is deeply personal and comes with its own set of considerations, studies have discovered some benefits to embracing motherhood at an older age: 

  • Longer lifespan: Studies suggest that women who have their first child after the age of 25 are more likely to live longer, with a higher chance of reaching the age of  90 and beyond. The reasons behind this correlation are not fully understood, but it offers a promising outlook for older mothers.
  • Taller & smarter kids: Children born to older mothers tend to exhibit certain advantages, including better physical fitness, higher academic achievement, and even a slight height advantage over their peers. While the exact reasons for these trends remain unclear, they underscore the positive outcomes associated with older motherhood.
  • Stability & maturity: Older mothers often bring a wealth of life experience, stability, and maturity to their parenting journey. This can result in reduced stress during pregnancy and a positive, more realistic attitude towards parenthood. 
  • Financial security: Many older parents have had the opportunity to establish themselves in their careers and achieve financial stability. This allows them to provide a secure and comfortable upbringing for their children, free from some of the financial pressures faced by younger parents.
  • Energy levels: Contrary to popular belief, older mothers often exhibit energy levels comparable to those of younger mothers. With advancements in healthcare and lifestyle choices, age does not necessarily limit one’s vitality and ability to engage actively in parenting.

Tips for a healthy pregnancy at an older age

If you’re considering pregnancy at an older age or are already expecting, prioritising your health and well-being is essential.

Here are some tips to support a healthy pregnancy:

  • Preconception checkup: Schedule a thorough checkup with your healthcare provider before conceiving. Discuss any existing health conditions, concerns and medications. 
  • Take supplements: Invest in maternal supplements before conception and continue throughout pregnancy to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby. 
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Aim for a healthy weight before pregnancy to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Avoid harmful substances: Quit smoking, avoid alcohol, steer clear of recreational drugs and limit caffeine intake. Avoid environmental toxins as much as possible. 
  • Stay physically active: Engage in regular exercise appropriate for pregnancy, such as walking, swimming, or prenatal yoga. Consult your doctor for personalized recommendations.
  • Eat nutritious foods: Prioritize a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to support your health and the development of your baby.
  • Manage stress: Practice relaxation techniques, seek emotional support, and prioritise self-care to manage stress and promote emotional well-being during pregnancy.

Actress Cameron Diaz and her musician husband, Benji Madden, took to social media to share the joyous news of the arrival of their baby boy, Cardinal Madden.

 

Also read: Navigating motherhood: 10 essential rules every mom should know


Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional for personalised guidance and recommendations tailored to your individual needs.

Sources:

TIME – The Benefits of Being an Older Mother

Reader’s Digest – Being an Older Mom Has Major Benefits, Says Study

Verywell Family – Unique Struggles and Benefits of Older Parents

HealthyWomen – The Benefit of Being an Older Mom

Baby Chick – 6 Surprising Benefits of Being an Older Mom

NICHD – What can I do to promote a healthy pregnancy?

Department of Health and Aged Care – Your Healthy Pregnancy

Verywell Health – Geriatric Pregnancy: Risks, Benefits, What to Expect

Are you an older mom? Tell us your experience in comments. 

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