Halle Berry Speaks About the Importance of Having Children in Your Own Time

Society often pressures women to have children by a certain age, but Halle Berry is a huge believer that you should take things at your own pace. The Oscar-winning actress advised other women to decide on their own when is it the right time to have children instead of breaking under pleasure.

During a recent appearance at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity panel, Berry discussed her approach to motherhood with Women’s Health. She encouraged women to own wherever they are and only have children when they’re ready to take that step.

“If you’re in your mid-thirties, don’t be bogged down by the idea that you have to have children by a certain age. You decide. And if you want to have children, you don’t have to be defined by those old ideologies that this is what women ‘have’ to do,” said Berry.

The X-Men actress also added that there’s “no harm, no foul, no judgment” in not wanting to have children at all because you “give up a lot of your personal life to growing those other lives.”

Berry is a mom of two children: daughter Nahla Ariela Aubry, born in 2008, and son Maceo-Robert Martinez, born in 2013. She previously told InStyle that she “probably would have had five children” if she had enough time because she felt “so alive” with her purpose and her femininity during her pregnancies.