Although it was unexpected, HGTV star Joanna Gaines says that having her fifth child at age 40 has renewed her youth.

As People reports, Gaines gave birth to her son Crew, who is now 9 months old, in June. He is the youngest of five children she shares with her husband, Chip.

Gaines said:

“I kid with people, ‘If you ever want to feel young again, have a baby at 40.’ It’s brought this whole new thing for me where I’m a lot more laid-back. People joke that I’m the ‘Fun Jo’ now.”

While Bounty reports that the chances of women getting pregnant in their 40s are slimmer than those who are younger, there are pros to being an older mom. Most of these pros just come down to older women being more situated in life. This includes being financially, mentally, and emotionally secure.

The period of learning yourself, trying to figure out life, and trying to establish stable income has typically passed for women who are 40 and older. This alleviates additional stress that younger moms tend to face.

This stability – –and previous experience as a mom –– has helped Gaines successfully balance motherhood with other aspects of her life.

She told People:

“He’s my little sidekick. [Crew] comes to work with me every day and goes to all my meetings. There’s literally a sign-up sheet because everyone wants to hold him.”

Further, Bounty reports that along with mental awareness (aka knowing yourself), there tends to be less drama in the lives of 40-year-olds. In conclusion, less drama typically means more peace and flexibility.

Gaines told People:

“I realized there has to be spontaneity, and schedules kind of go out the door. It’s like, ‘Hey, if I don’t get to it, it’s fine.’ I’ve just relaxed so much more, and it’s been fun for me.”

According to People, Gaines isn’t sure if she and her husband’s family is complete yet.

She said:

“Heck if I know. I thought I was done, and then we had Crew. […] But [Chip is] always joking that he wants him to have a little sister. No plans for another baby, but then again, we’ve never been planners anyway.”

Bounty reports that there are higher risks to older pregnancies. However, plenty of smoke-free and healthy women in their 40s are having successful pregnancies.

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