Actress Terri J. Vaughn, most notably known for her adorably endearing role of Lovita Alizé Jenkins on “The Steve Harvey Show,” recently announced that she’s expecting her third child with fellow actor, Karon Joseph Riley!
The 44-year-old actress appeared on CocoaFab’s new web series, The Organized Home where she linked up with the show’s host, Denise Gordon to throw a party for her girlfriends to announce her pregnancy. “I feel so excited to be able to grow our family and bring another life into the world,” Terri gushed. “Mentally, physically and spiritually I feel grounded and ready to receive this blessing! I’m grateful to be chosen by God to be a mother,” Terri gushed. Terri and Karon have two boys, Daylen, 12 and Kal’El, 5 and can’t wait to welcome their new baby into their loving home this fall.
Terri joins a growing list of Hollywood women who have chosen to bear children at an older age; stars like Kim Fields, Halle Berry, Mariah Carey and Nia Long to name drop a few. Many high profile women who have become pregnant in their forties, especially after the age of 45, did so with the help of donor eggs. The pregnancy risk over 45 is also increased. In the unlikely event that a woman over 45 becomes pregnant with her own eggs, the pregnancy risk over 45 results in a miscarriage rate of at least 50 percent. After 45, experts say, it’s almost impossible to get pregnant using your own eggs. But if you ask me–nothing is impossible. Many 40-plus women do get pregnant (obvi); some use fertility treatments and others luckily don’t have to. Recent studies have shown there may be benefits to waiting to have children, for both you and your child.
No matter how old you are when you get pregnant, timing has both advantages and disadvantages. Check the pros and cons out below.
1. You have more than enough time to live your life without being tied down with the responsibilities of having to take care of a child. While it’s surely a rewarding experience, it can also be one of the most time-consuming things you’ll ever commit yourself to.
2. You have more time to learn and grow with your partner, creating a stronger bond between you before introducing a child into your union.
3. You’re more than likely more established in your career and you’ll be able to provide a better life for your child–at least financially.
1. It can be harder to get pregnant, the longer you wait to conceive.
2. There are more complications in older-aged pregnancies. In your 40s, you’re far more likely to develop problems like high blood pressure and diabetes during pregnancy. Women over 40 have a higher risk of delivering a low-birth-weight or preterm baby. Stillbirth rates are also higher, and studies show that children born to older mothers may be at increased risk of type 1 diabetes and high blood pressure.
3. Let’s not forget about your man! Men are physically capable of fathering children in their 60s and even their 70s, however, sperm quality deteriorates with age, and there’s a higher rate of genetic defects like Down Syndrome and schizophrenia than there is with the sperm of younger men.
Congrats to Terri & Karon! And in case you’re over 40 and want to get pregnant, just know–it’s not impossible!
Check Out This Gallery Of Hot Celeb Moms!
Hollywood's Hottest Moms Who Make It Look Easy
1. Taking Care Of Home & Still Fly!
Being a mom is one of the most beautiful things you'll ever experience, it's also one of the toughest jobs in the world. Balancing a career while raising a family is no easy task, it takes a village of support from family and friends. But what if you were a celebrity and had to deal with mom life while living in the spotlight? Here are our favorite celebrities who tackle motherhood with style.
2. Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland made pregnancy look effortlessly beautiful. Her happy and healthy baby boy, Titan Jewell Witherspoon was delivered on November 4th 2014. It’s been so amazing to watch Kelly grow into mommyhood both physically and emotionally. You can walk through Kelly’s baby bump evolution in this timeline: http://hellobeautiful.com/playlist/kelly-rowland-pregnancy-pics/item/2748745/
3. Kerry Washington
It makes sense that the actress who plays "Olivia Pope" would try to keep her baby news top secret, but the news is out! The "Scandal" star and her husband, NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha, gave birth to a baby girl two weeks before the news broke to the masses. Click here to get the scoop: http://bit.ly/1joOhW7. Keep clicking for more of Hollywood's Hottest Moms!
4. Eva Marcille
The former "America's Next Top Model" winner kept it au naturel and still looked flawless while holding her baby girl, Marley, in this picture that her beau Kevin McCall shared just moments after their newborn arrived (January 31). Her biggest beauty aid to her fuss-free braids and fresh face? The glow, of course. Read more: http://bit.ly/1iiGsiO!
Ciara's baby Future is almost a year old now, being born May 20. The “Body Party” singer initially confirmed her pregnancy on “The View” but didn't let the little one stop her from performing and keeping it hot on the red carpet! See more: http://bit.ly/1lCREWD.
6. Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton plants a kiss on son Diezel. We can just tell from his face that he's feeling that young man embarrassment, but it's adorable!
7. Evelyn Lozada
The "Basketball Wives" star always stays fabulous. To top it off, she's a mother of two to 20-year-old daughter Shaniece and an adorable baby boy she gave birth to on March 22. We're sure she'll be snatched again in no time!
8. 'Lil Kim
The Queen Bee debuted a basketball-sized baby bump -- in style! -- at The Blonds New York Fashion Week show February 12. After hitting the front row for the show, Kim took to the runway to preform some of her hits with her new mommy-to-be glow illuminating her glitzy gown! Watch her performance here: http://bit.ly/1jaExwC.
Bey unveiled her pregnancy with baby Blue Ivy at the 2011 MTV Awards in a Lanvin gown and Dolce & Gabbana suit and now that her and Jay Z's mini me is 1-years-old the singer's still taking care of home and staying fly!
10. Tia Mowry-Hardrict
The "Instant Mom" star has kept her look fresh since having her 2-year-old son, Cree, by testing out new hair cuts, dye jobs and trying out splashy colors and prints.
11. Tamera Mowry-Housley
How cute is baby Aden's little hat and matching shoes!? Tamera matched her little man with a business chic outfit.
Solange's eclectic, global style has rubbed off on her son Julez Smith Jr., 9, who's a little hipster in the making!
13. Tamar Braxton
The baby of the "Braxton Family Values" bunch is now a mom.com! Tamar welcomed her son Logan into the world, alongside her husband Vince Herbert, on June 6, 2013.
14. Halle Berry
Can we be like Halle when we grow up? The mother of two little ones -- Nahla, 5, (pictured) and newborn, Maceo -- snapped back after giving birth October 6, 2013 and went back to set to shoot "X-Man: Days of Future Past" shortly after.
15. Amber Rose
Rose showed off pictures of herself taking a dip with her 7-month-old son Sebastian and her edgy haircut got just as much attention as her and Wiz Khalifa's adorable baby.
Miss Thing is now Mrs. Thing and with Romelo, Rodney, and now baby girl Laiyah Monica has motherhood down.
17. Nia Long
"The Best Man Holiday" star has an 11-year-old, Massai, and welcomed her second son Kez to her family, Nov. 7 2012 and she's still as hot as ever! Let's just pause for the cause to admire how AMAZING she looked even while pregnant!
18. Lisa Bonet
Bonet's 24-year-old daughter Zoe Kravitz is a dead ringer for the former "Cosby Show" star in her "Denise Huxtable" days! The actress has also passed on her good looks to younger kids Lola Iolani, 6, and Nakoa-Wolf, 4.
19. Christina Milian
Christina's 3-year-old Violet, inherited mom's chic style but she's a dead ringer for dad, producer The-Dream.
20. Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner
Kim and Mama Kris have always been close, but we're sure Kim gained a new understanding of her "Momager's" protective and ambitious ways when she gave birth to daughter North West.
21. La La Anthony
With La La as a mom and New York Knick's player Carmelo Anthony as a dad, little Kiyan, 6, is sure to grow up with a double dose of swag.
We've been down with this star since her teens and now she's a mom to pre-teen daughter Sy'rai.
23. Mariah Carey
The ultimate girlie girl hasn't lost her love for all things pink and sparkly, even after having "Dem Babies," Roc & Roe, with husband Nick Cannon back in 2011.
24. Jennifer Lopez
"Jenny From the Block" is passing on her divatude to twins Max and Emme, 5, who appeared with her in a Gucci campaign earlier this year.
25. Lauren London
The new star of "The Game" keeps is trendy to play a former actress on the show, and in real life she's mom to a son with 'Lil Wayne: Cameron Carter, 4.
26. Jennifer Hudson
J-Hud made headlines for losing over 80lbs. through Weight Watchers, after having her son David Jr. in 2009. At the time, the singer said her new shape allowed her to have more clothing options and she's since gone on to design her own clothing line for QVC.
27. Lauryn Hill
The Grammy-award winning songstress has a brood of six including four sons: Zion (who she sung about on "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"), Joshua, John, and Micah, as well as two daughters: Selah and Sarah
28. Jada Pinkett Smith
It's in the genes for this talent whose mom to equally talented Jaden and Willow.
29. Taraji P. Henson
Forever young looking Taraji is mom to 18-year-old Marcel. You glow girl!
30. Paula Patton
We love that Paula Patton can keep it sexy with her man Robin Thicke in music videos and then get comfy and still look cute when it's time to take care of their 3-year-old son, Julian.
31. Gwen Stefani
Don't sleep, this musical mom to Kingston and Zuma has talent, style, and the coolest kids names ever.
32. Erykah Badu
Seven, Puma, and Mars make up this singer creatively named brood.
33. Vanessa Williams
Vanessa has four kids -- Melanie, 26 ; Jillian, 24; Devin, 20; and Sasha, 13-- and she STILL looks bad! Get it!
34. Garcelle Beauvais
Garcelle has an older son Oliver Saunders, 22, but still keeps it mommy cute on play dates with her younger twins, Jax and Jaid, 5.
35. Angela Bassett
Angela welcomed twins, Bronwyn (pictured) and Slater, with her husband Courtney B. Vance ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent), who was once her classmate at Yale Drama school. The kids are now 7 and Angela looks as good as ever!
Train up a child in the way that he shall go! Kelis is often spotted bringing her son Knight Jones on shopping trips with her.
37. Kimora Lee Simmons
Kimora is another "model mom" who hasn't lost her "fabulosity" while taking care of her full house that includes daughters Ming Lee, 13 , Aioki Lee, 11, and son Kenzo, 4.
38. Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys and her hubby Swizz Beatz have been swagging out their baby Egypt (now 3) in cool threads ever since he was old enough to walk!
39. June Ambrose
If you follow her rock mom chronicles on Instagram then you know this stylist to the stars is a master at balancing motherhood and work.
Even after two daughters -- Alexandria Zahra, 12 (pictured) and Zulekha Haywood, 35 -- doesn't Iman still look every bit a supermodel?
41. Mel B.
The former Spice Girl has a house full of "girl power" with daughters Phoenix, 14, Angel, 6, and Madison, 2.
42. Jill Scott
We live for Jilly from Philly. A 3-year-old Jett... well let's just say he is adorbs.