Salma Hayek praises mature mothers

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 April 2009
Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek praises mature mothers

Salma Hayek has opened up about pregnancy and motherhood, revealing she is glad to be an older mom

Salma Hayek says waiting to have a baby made her a better mother.

The 42-year-old actress - who has an 18-month-old daughter Valentina with husband Francois-Henri Pinault - thinks her life experience prepared her for the trials and tribulations of parenthood.

She said: "I thought I was going to need help getting pregnant, and I didn't.

"I feel that I've done enough things in life where I can appreciate the time I spend with her as my number one priority and not feel I'm missing out on something. I feel I'm a lot more patient.

"I'm a more fulfilled human being now, and I probably wouldn't have been 10 years ago. She gets a better mother for being born now."

Salma also revealed she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy - after 'Match Point' actor Paul Bettany advised her to see a doctor when she experienced unusual cravings.

She explained to WebMD magazine: "I was nauseous for the whole nine months, and the only thing I craved was fruit - cold mango, watermelon. And then later on, I was saying that I didn't know why I was getting so big. Paul Bettany said something about too much fruit and gestational diabetes, and I thought, 'What does he know?' "

While Salma had the support of Paul and his wife Jennifer Connelly, she admits the attitudes of other stars amazed her.

She explained: "An actress I knew said, 'You're still breastfeeding? You're crazy!' Valentina wasn't even one yet, and she was like, 'Why would you do that? That's for India!' I was shocked at the level of ignorance. The best thing you can ever do for your child in your lifetime is to breastfeed."

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