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Gretchen Rossi‘s dream of becoming a mother is finally coming true.
Hours ago, the Real Housewives of Orange County star announced she is expecting her first child with longtime love Slade Smiley. Recalling the “emotional journey” she and Slade took to expand their family, Gretchen said during Monday’s episode of The Doctors that the wonderful pregnancy news “still doesn’t feel real.”
The couple, who began dating almost a decade ago, first pursued in vitro fertilization (IVF) in 2013. It came to a disappointing halt when just hours before Gretchen was scheduled to undergo an embryo transfer, their doctor called to say that all 14 embryos were lost.
“This is beyond anything I had ever expected to experience. It literally took a good year and a half for us to even get to a point where I was willing to talk about it again,” the former Bravo star explained on The Doctors.
Then in 2016, Slade (who has two sons from a previous relationship) underwent a vasectomy reversal, which ultimately proved unsuccessful.
Gretchen went on to do two more rounds of IVF, and in November she learned of her pregnancy. So how is the future mama adjusting to life with a baby on board? The bizarre food cravings are in full swing, as she tells E! News exclusively, “I knew I had hit the food aversion stage when everything smelled disgusting to me and I no longer was craving sweets. Instead I wanted a giant pickle and a hamburger at 3 o’clock in the morning.”
Of course, 41-year-old Gretchen isn’t alone in her quest to become a mom later in life. Keep scrolling for even more pregnant celebrities over 40!
The Parks & Rec alum secretly welcomed her first child, a son with musician Ezra Koenig, in Aug. 2018 at the age of 42.
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At the 2018 Emmys, E! News learned that Benedict Cumberbatch‘s wife was pregnant with baby No. 3 at the age of 40.
The 41-year-old Real Housewives of Orange County alum and partner Slade Smiley announced they were expecting their first child together after years of infertility struggles.
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The actress revealed that she and husband of seven years, Daniel Craig, were expecting their first child together. “Daniel and I are so happy. We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her,” she told the NYT. The A-list couple welcomed a baby girl in Sep. 2018.
In June 2018, the actress gave birth to a baby boy at the age of 43.
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The actress gave birth to her fifth child with husband Dean McDermott in March 2017 at the age of 43.
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The actress gave birth to her second child with Ryan Gosling in 2016 at age 42.
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The designer announced she was expecting baby No. 2 at the age of 41.
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The Oscar winner welcomed daughter Nahla at age 41. Five years later, Berry gave birth to a second child, son Maceo, in Los Angeles.
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The actress gave birth to her second child in 2006 at the age of 41.
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The “Material Girl” singer was five days shy of her 42nd birthday when she welcomed her second son in 2000. She would later adopt two more children before she turned 50.
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At 41, the 30 Rock star gave birth to her and hubby Jeff Richmond‘s second daughter, Penelope Athena.
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Having babies at 41 appears to be a trend in Hollywood! The former American Idol judge and singer gave birth to twins at the special age.
Almost a month before her 45th birthday, the Desperate Housewives star welcomed not one but two adorable little ones.
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The Crazy, Stupid, Love star gave birth to her second child in 2002 when she was 42.
The Savages star joined the ranks of Hollywood’s hottest moms when she was 41. She welcomed daughter Valentina with billionaire hubby François-Henri Pinault.
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The Oscar winner gave birth to her first daughter with Keith Urban in 2008 when she was 41. The couple’s second child arrived via surrogate in 2010.
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The actress had two children in her 40s: One in 1989 when she was 43 and another in 1992 when she was 46.
Congratulations to Gretchen and Slade!
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