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Nina Garcia Expecting Second Child

07/13/2010 at 11:30 AM ET
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With the new season of Project Runway beginning later this month, Nina Garcia has a lot on her plate — and is about to add more.

The judge and Marie Claire fashion director, 45, is expecting her second child with husband David Conrod in December, she tells PEOPLE. The new addition will join big brother Lucas Alexander, 3.

In addition to her work on Project Runway and at Marie Claire, Garcia is the author of three books on style, with a fourth, Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion, out Aug. 10.

– Sarah Michaud with reporting by Charlotte Triggs

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Helene on

That is so exciting! I have always loved Nina on project runway. She is my favorite judge. I am so happy for her! Good luck and best wishes!

mae on

Congrats to Nina, great news. I have to admit I thought Nina was much older and not of childbearing age. Didn’t realize she had a three year old either. Oh well, wish her and the family the best.

Lola Monroe on

I too thought the same thing Mae. Congrats to Nina & family!!

Electra on

I actually thought the same thing. I thought she was around 50. She looks younger in the above photo. Congrats to her!

VEO on

Congrats to her and her family!

Funnily enough, Mr. O and I wanted to name our son Lucas Alexander.

Jacy on

I’ve been watching Project Runway since the 1st season, and I had never seen Nina pregnant with her first child. She must hide it well or surragate perhaps. I also thought she was in her early 50s. Hope all goes well with her and her family.

Michelle on

I remember Nina pregnant with her first son. She was big during the off-season of Project Runway – and she was so cute becasue she’s such a tiny woman. I seem to remember reading an article back then where she mentioned she would like to have more, but was leaving it up to fate because of her age. I am so pleased that they were blessed with another child.

Kit on

I’m with those who thought she was much older. I took her for 55-60. I guess fashion ages you!

ABC 123 on

she is kinda old to be having a child but congrats!

GaGa on

old according to whom? it’s not the 1950’s anymore. I think it’s more commendable when the woman is older instead of under 30.

Erika on

Aww congrats to her!!

Electra on

@gaga

How is it commendable?

Liz on

I think Nina’s age is 43–not 45, as listed in the article. That’s what her Wiki says, anyway.

janet on

I’m thrilled for her!

Tina on

I love Nina – congrats to her and her family!

shaz on

Correct me if I’m wrong, GaGa, but to Electra (love both your names btw!:)) I think she means it is commendable to wait to have children until you really know yourself and have had time to secure your financial position.

For most women, that doesn’t happen until you are at least 30. Not all, of course, but most. Most people have to wait until they are old enough to leave home, live with themselves for a while, and work work work, to save up enough for a VERY expensive decision like having children.

At least, to do it safely and well, and to provide them with good health-care, schools, food, etc. that can give them the very best start in life.

Too many people have children without thinking about the fact that these little creatures are just like you, and you wouldn’t want to be born to someone who could never afford to take you to the dr., or feed you healthy food, or never be there for you because you have to work 2 jobs just to keep a roof overhead.

But again, I’ve known many under 30’s that achieved a lot early on, usually with their families help, that made them able to start early and start well.

Maya on

Well said Shaz! In today’s world, with the high divorce rate, I think it is really ‎important for THE WOMAN to be financially secure before having a baby, and that ‎usually doesn’t happen until the woman is in her 30s. It’s also important for the woman’s self esteem not to be ‎financially dependent on anyone. ‎
Oh, and I DO NOT think Nina looks older than 45.‎

Kathleen on

Congratulations!

mae on

Wow, I agree with the other comments, been watching Project Runway for years and always took her to be in her 50s so this headline really surprised me. Congrats to her!

Amber on

Can’t wait for Project…it’s 90 minutes this season!

nica on

You guys are wrong. 45 is way too old to get pregnant. A major health risk for both mother and baby. You guys need to read up and educate yourselves before commenting on here, especially “Gaga”. These days, the best time to get pregnant is between 25 and 30, not after.

susanne on

actually its far more important for a stable family to have a husband willing to be the man,father and provider for his family and allow his wife to be a mother. Too many women are marrying little boys wanting mommy to take care of them and the family…marry strong men who want to be the husband,father and provider…then make that man happy.

sky on

what does 45 or 50 look like anyway? i think i have seen some nerdy moms in their 20s and 30’s who look older and less hip. i also think it is great when a mom can pass down wisdom to their children about their professional careers and give guidance.

Electra on

@ Shaz

I was really focused on her use of “more commendable”. When I think of commendable I think of someone doing a commendable job at work, or a student writing an essay worthy of commendation. It just struck me as odd to be commending anyone for getting pregnant and having a baby. I agree with your sentiment, I’m in my early 20’s and use to think i’d have a child in my late 20’s. Well, my late 20’s will be here before I know it (god willing) and i don’t foresee myself being emotionally or financially ready(i’m capable but not ready if you know what i mean) to take care of a baby full-time.

LP on

In a lot of ways it’s all about where you live. If you’re in NY or another large, expensive region, it simply takes longer to achieve any kind of economic independence. It’s often too expensive to have a house and any decent savings until you’re at least in your 30s. In the South, we often have all of that and more by our mid-20s because of the lower cost of living. We have one of the highest percentages of home ownership in the world, and that lends a lot of stability to a family. I had my first child at 25 and I already had a degree, a good job, a healthy savings account and I owned a three-bedroom home. That’s pretty normal around here. You really can’t look to what people in other regions are doing. If your cost of living is lower, it will take you longer to become stable enough for a family.

Maya on

Actually Suzanne, a woman who lets her husband be the “provider” will more likely let him control and dominate her, which can lead to emotional and/or physical abuse. It can also lead to her staying in an unhappy marriage simply because she is financially dependent on her husband. A woman should depend on HERSELF. Wake up – it’s 2010, not 1950!
I really feel sorry for you if your priority/goal in life is to find yourself a “provider.”

Teresa Philips on

For her to get pregnant at 45, she had to have gone next door and borrowed a cup of sugar, a cup of flour and some EGGS.

Electra on

What’s wrong with looking for a provider? Some women know early on that they want to be a stay at home mom so if that’s the case when looking for a mate, being able to provide is a priority. It should be regardless, I don’t think any woman would say that quality is unimportant. I agree suzannes positin sounds antiquated but, in 2010 it’s really about having the choice to live how we want as women. Makes me smile :-)

Anne Thomas on

Congrats to her! But to the person commenting that she thinks it’s great that she’ll be able to pass down “wisdom” to her child.. well, yeah.. That’s true. She’s had a LIFETIME before deciding to have children. My honest opinion is that once you’re past the NATURAL child-bearing stage, you shouldn’t be having babies, but hey- to each her own.

BEBE on

Yeah…, and 45 is way younger than 50. lol

BEBE on

Yeah…, and 45 is way younger than 50? lol I feel you BEBE, lol. I said the same thing when I read some of the comments…. 45 is not much younger than 50.

sky on

to anne thomas, nina garcia is 43 not 45 and no, that is not a lifetime. in this day and age lots of women are choosing to have children later at whatever method it takes, thank god for science. to make assumptions on donor eggs vs her own is absurd as many freeze eggs from their 30s and can genetically test eggs in their 40s for viability. i am embarrassed by how many women are less supportive of other achieving happiness in their lives be it having children and/or adopting later or overcoming fertility struggles, etc. ladies lets support one another than criticize from our plastic bubbles.

Catca on

Umm, you can still naturally conceive in your 40s. And for the woman that said to read up and educate yourselves with how old a woman should be to have children and that she shouldn’t be older than 35…well, the instance of birth defects does increase gradually after 30, but it’s also higher below 20 or 21 as well. The difference is pretty small up to age 35, and then accelerates a bit, but is still pretty low until about 44 or 45. Heck, a 40 year old has a 1% chance of having a child with down syndrome. Yes, that’s significantly higher than the 1 in a thousand chance of the woman who is 30, but really still very very low odds. There is no reason to think a woman in her early 40s cannot have a healthy child if she is still able to conceive. And for the comments regarding how old Ms. Garcia looks – I think she looks fabulous and actually would have pegged her for younger than her age. She is a confident, successful woman – maybe that’s why you think she’s older? In any event, judging her and making catty comments about her looks is beyond rude. Just because you are on-line doesn’t mean you can throw your manners out the door. The appropriate response to Ms. Garcia’s news is congratulations!

MiB on

Why do so many here seem to think that she had help getting pregnant? As someone, said, she stated that she would like to have more children but would leave it up to fate because of her age. Why is it so difficult to believe her? Remember that just after WWII the average age for women to have their last child was 42, and those children were concieved naturally. I know several women who have concieved naturally between the ages of 40 and 45 (4 of them in my own family, and neither my cousin nor my aunts or my second cousin are the worse for it).

Besides, some women don’t want medical intervention to concieve because it does take a toll both mentally and physically, not to mention financially. Others may have moral or religious objections to it or just not feel comfortable with the thought of doing it. And some women are fine with what life gives them.

Some have also brought cost, financial stability and finding the right man as good reasons why women have children later in life. I would love to have children and feel my biological clock ticking, but I am single and I know that financially I need a partner to raise a child at this point, so it will have to wait. But I do know that should I suddenly feel myself alone with a child, I would be able to scrape by and build up a life for us, because I have the vocational skills. I think every woman should give that a thought before she has a baby; do I have the skills needed to support my children if, God forbid, something would happen and leave me as the sole breadwinner? You can never rely on your husband/partner to always bee there, he might die, he might get ill or disabled, he might get laid off, or you might divorce. I know it’s so easy to forget that the ever after might not last, but one must be prepared for all eventualities especially when it’s no longer only about you. Better be ready than be taken by surprise.

I wish Nina Garcia the best of luck with her pregnancy and delivery, and much joy in the years to come.

Karen on

Its just not true that women over 40 don’t get pregnant naturally. My Grandmother had my Aunt when she was almost 45; this was sixty years ago, long before fertility treatments were available. Another example. My friend was at antinatal classes with a 46 year old pregnant with here first child. She got pregnant naturally and experienced no complications. She went on to have her second at 48!

Clementina on

WOW !!!!! You folks are mean . Nina is a beautiful woman and looks awesome for her age. I had my first baby at 40 and second at 41. Both with out aid and the second one on first try. My pregnancies were super healthy and as a flight attendant I flew till I was 8 months pregnant with both babies. Cut her some slack as she is a beautiful woman. Congrats Nina !!!!

moodles on

I know some kids whose mothers had them (unplanned) in their very late 40s, and they’re totally healthy & flourishing…(It’s not like the mom is going to toss them back!) Congrats to this lovely, gracious lady and her whole family!

grace on

Of course 45 is younger than 50. I don’t know why some people in our society act like you are really going on 50 the minute you turn 45. They just like to push it for some reason. She is just as close to 30 something as she is to 50 something at 45. Plus I think 45 is at least the new 40!

It is strange how some people like to round up by half a decade. Our age-obsessed society needs to just stop it. Age is just a number anyway!

elane e. on

@nica

I just wanted to let you know that people with ‘birth defects’ as you call them aren’t really defective at all. They are born different from us but in the best sense. I think they are teachers, soul-healers, life-artists and gifts of kindness to a needy planet. They certainly mean just as much (if not more) to their parents, families, and friends as so-called ‘normals’ do to theirs.

My sister has Down’s. My mom gave birth to her when she was thirty one. She is three years younger than me. I wouldn’t want to change a single thing about my sister even if I could. I certainly wouldn’t trade her in for another boring ‘normal’.

While she may be less than perfect in the eyes of many, my sister certainly isn’t as flawed as the rest of the people I know, including myself. For one thing, she is truly happy- with herself, her life, her family, her friends, her community, her work, and with the whole world in general. She has been joyfully engaged in whatever she is doing at the moment for every waking second of single day that I have known her. I don’t know anyone else who derives as much fun from absolutely everything- from eating ice cream and star gazing to standing in lines or washing the windows. My sister is completely in love with life. She has so much wisdom and her own totally unique way of looking at everything too. I learned more from her than from easily 90% of my teachers and professors.

She is a very hard-working person and is completely self-supporting. She probably earns more money than I do now- the best gardener/farmer/landscape artist/tree surgeon out there. She can make absolutely anything grow. I’ve seen her nurse plants anybody else would have given up for dead back to perfect health.

She recently adopted a little rescue kitty that had been burned with cigarettes and otherwise abused by the previous owner. He was hard to adopt out because he hissed at everyone and tried to run every chance he got. He trusted my sister immediately. He let her pick him up and went straight to sleep like he had never felt so warm and safe. She calls him PurrC (pronounced like Percy.)

She is great with people too, warm, kind, supportive, reliable, and very forgiving when others don’t treat her the same way. She is all about giving people chances to grow whether or not we deserve them.

She isn’t a mistake nor a statistic nor some kind of tragedy that needs stamping out. What she is, is a genuinely beautiful soul. I’ve met other lovely souls with Down’s through my sister and never a single one who should scare a women in her forties out of having her baby.

Lovely on

Wow, Elane E., you are a wonderful person, and if there were more like you in the world I do not see how we would ever have a war! Your insight was truly beneficial in so many ways! Thank you for sharing your experience with those “non-believers”. Your sister is truly blessed to have you in her life.

Dr.Inez on

I am a dermatologist, 44 years old, and I am expecting my first child. No donor eggs. Completely natural conception. Rather a surprise but it is possible!

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