Hilary Swank, 48, pregnant with twins: “It’s a double excitement”

Hilary Swank made a big announcement on Wednesday: she is pregnant and expecting twins.

The 48-year-old shared the news on hello america while promoting his new show, Alaska Daily. “I’m going to be a mom, and not just one, but two,” the Oscar-winning actress said. “I can not believe.” Swank added that “it’s so nice to be able to talk about it and share it.”

Swank, who wed husband Philip Schneider in 2018, also shared that she’s wanted to be a mother “for a long time.”

Swank continued later Live with Kelly and Ryan and said she “felt great right now”. She also added that “it’s so much fun to finally be able to say, you know, get past 12 weeks and be able to say, ‘I’m pregnant!'”

According to Swank, the cast and crew of Alaska Daily just heard the news, too, and she struggled to hide her news before it was announced. “My clothes started falling off so I had to do this the other day. . . To cut [my jeans] open. And then I put on a jacket that was out of continuity,” she said. “And [they] came up and said, ‘You know it’s not in continuity.’ And I said, ‘Oh, I think that works.’ And she’s like, ‘That’s not the case.’ I’m like, ‘No, it does. I will make it work. She says, ‘You’re an executive producer, you can do it, but it’s weird.’ »

Swank said the twins run through both her family and her husband’s family. “It’s a double excitement,” she said. “My grandmother was a twin, my husband’s grandmother was a twin, so we have twins in our line.”

It’s “pretty rare” to see pregnancies in your late 40s, according to Christine Greves, MD, obstetrician at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. “We see pregnant patients more frequently in their early 40s than we did years ago, just because of assisted reproductive technology,” she says. “But that’s not common for people in their late 40s.”

Matthew Carroll, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, agrees, but says doctors are seeing subsequent pregnancies more often. “The average age of people pregnant for the first time and the birth rate among people aged 35 and over have increased, while other demographics have seen birth rates decline, so it’s increasingly more common,” he says. “That doesn’t mean it’s necessarily easy, as fertility can decline significantly after age 40 and spontaneous pregnancies are very rare after age 45.” (Spontaneous pregnancy, in case you don’t know the term, is getting pregnant without reproductive assistance.)

There are increased risks of having a pregnancy at a later age, Dr. Carroll says, including miscarriages, premature births, preeclampsia (i.e. high blood pressure during pregnancy) and low birth weight in infants. “Multiple gestations carry their own increased risk for any pregnancy and these risks worsen with increasing maternal age,” says Dr. Carroll.

Every obstetrics and gynecology office is different, but some may have “additional precautions” for pregnant women in their late 40s, including increased monitoring and more frequent appointments, Dr. Greves says.

But Dr. Carroll points out that while there are higher risks of complications in pregnant women at older ages, older pregnant patients and their babies are generally doing well. “Although there is a higher risk of pregnancy at this age, studies show that most people in this group have good pregnancy outcomes and can cope with the stresses of pregnancy, both physical and emotional” , he said.

Swank hasn’t shared her due date, but it appears to be in the spring.

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