12 Stars Prove That Becoming a Mother Early Doesn’t Mean Your Career Is Over

According to a study, millennial women postpone having children because they want to build a career first. Today, the average age of first-time mothers in developed countries is 31 years old. But there are many examples of women who became mothers at an early age but still had a promising career.

We, at CHEERY, admire the celebrities that prove through their own examples that having a child can help you achieve your goals.

1. Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon’s daughter is so much like her mother that some people even confuse them. Of course, this is quite flattering for the actress. In 1999, when the star was 23 years old, she had Ava with her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe. 4 years later, they had a son, Deacon. And in her second marriage in 2012, the actress had her 3rd child with her current husband, Jim Toth, a talent agent.

2. Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid became a mother at the age of 24. She didn’t hire a babysitter, so she had to leave the runway to devote all of her time to her daughter. The model said that her entire life became all about children. She discussed only children with her friends.

After breaking up with the father of the child, the model learned to be more thrifty and calculate all her next steps. And the biggest question that bothers Hadid is whether she is a good mother. It seems that all mothers that have children ask themselves this question from time to time.

3. Sofía Vergara

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There’s a popular opinion that when a mother has a child early in her life, she can forget about her career. Sofia Vergara busts this myth. She married her school boyfriend at the age of 18, had a child at 19, and by the time she was 22, she was a single mom. The star admits it wasn’t easy for her, but she still managed to become the highest-paid TV actress in the US.

4. Sophie Turner

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Sophie Turner says that having a child helped her become an even better professional. She became more emotional, which helps her on the set. Turner married American singer, Joe Jonas, in 2019. A year later, they had their first child. The actress was 24 at the time. Now, they are expecting their second child.

5. Hilary Duff

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When Hilary Duff became a mother for the first time at the age of 24, she felt lonely because none of her friends had children. But the happiness of motherhood surpassed the negative aspects. The actress, who started her career when she was a child, believes that her most important job is being a mother. Today, it’s the kids (and she has 3 now) that give her confidence in her job and in her everyday life.

6. Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg had her only daughter, Alex Martin, who is also an actress, when she was 18 years old. At the time, Whoopi had some temporary jobs: she was a waitress, a cashier, and a bricklayer.

Her daughter remembers that they didn’t have much money, but Goldberg managed to fill her daughter’s life with bright emotions even in such conditions. The famous mother and daughter are still very close: they talk on the phone several times a day and call each other best friends.

7. Cardi B

Cardi B had her first child when she was 25. Rapper Offset is the father. The baby has been famous since she was born: her mother often posts photos and videos of her on her Instagram page. When her parents told her they would have another child in the family, the girl was happy. In 2021, Cardi B and Offset had a son.

8. Kate Hudson

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Kate Hudson jokes that she was still a child when she had her first son. The actress was 24 at the time. She says that she and Reese Witherspoon looked like teenage mothers. But, today, she has 3 children and she honestly says she is tired of juggling her profession and her life at home. Hudson says that she feels like she has 500 children.

9. Victoria Beckham

Victoria and David Beckham met in 1997. 2 years later, they had their first son, Brooklyn. At the time, the parents were 24 years old. By the way, Elton John and David Furnish were the godparents of the child. Since then, the Beckhams have had 3 more children.

10. Ashlee Simpson

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In an interview, Ashlee Simpson talks about how hard it is sometimes to be a mother and what helps her to keep afloat. She had her first child at the age of 24 when she was at the peak of her music and acting career. Today, her eldest son is her biggest assistant: he cleans the house together with his parents and helps look after his brother and sister.

Ashlee says that all mothers have to learn to take some time for themselves to stay balanced. For example, Ashlee works out 3 times a week.

11. Lisa Bonet


On her 20th birthday, Lisa Bonet ran away from home with rock star, Lenny Kravitz, who was 3 years older than her. The actress remembers that it was true love and their daughter was the result of it. Lisa was 21 at the time.

Zoë says that she had a rock star for a dad and an actress for a mom. And she thinks she was incredibly lucky to be born in such a cool family.

12. Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner has always wanted to become a young mother, so she had a daughter at the age of 20. Caitlyn Jenner is happy that her daughter managed to make her dream come true at such a young age, and that she has people that can help her to take care of the child. For example, Caitlyn had her first child when she was 29. By the way, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott had a second child.

In your opinion, what is the perfect age to become parents?

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