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Kelly Preston ‘Floored’ to Find Out She Was Pregnant

08/17/2011 at 04:00 PM ET
Courtesy Health

After two difficult years following the death of her 16-year-old son Jett, Kelly Preston radiates happiness — thanks in part to her baby boy, Benjamin Hunter Kaleo.

“I’m just in a good place, and am able to really be with my kids,” Preston says in the September issue of Health.

“It’s pretty amazing having a child at this age.”

The actress, along with husband John Travolta, welcomed her now 9-month-old son last November.

“I didn’t have any doubts [about having a baby at 48],” she says. “I love being pregnant. I love the closeness I feel when I’m carrying them.”

“We had been trying for quite a few years, and then of course there was a time when we weren’t, and then we started trying again,” continues Preston.

“When I found out I was pregnant, I was floored. I’d snuck out of bed and then came back and woke Johnny up in bed. We both started crying. It was wonderful.”

Preston will next be seen costarring alongside Travolta and their daughter Ella Bleu, 11, in a film about the Gotti crime family — if she can take time away from kissing her kids.

“I absolutely adore my kids. Johnny and I love them up constantly,” Preston says. “Ella’s like, ‘Mom, ugh! Thank God you had Ben because now he can take some of the kisses.'”

Courtesy Health

– Alla Byrne

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vanessa on

Wow! He is cute… looks like a little man! Congrats to them!

kimmie on

He was already 9 monhts when she welcomed him? I thougth she gave birth to him herself

Socalibaby on

Kimmie….read the caption at the top of the article. She did give birth to him. ; )

Karen on

He is absolutely adorable!

kendrajoi on

He is so cute! He doesn’t look a whole lot like his brother and sister, who really favor their dad. Benjamin looks more like Kelly.

aj on

I don’t really agree with some of the Travolta family’s beliefs, but I have to admit that they are a beautiful family. I always thought that Jett was just the cutest thing and it is obvious that his parents were and still are very much in love with their child. I know that no child could ever take Jett’s place, but I am so happy that they are getting a second chance at raising another beautiful son. Congrats to them.

Abby on

I believe she conceived that baby naturally at 48 as much as I believe the world is flat. Congrats on that cute child you got via donor eggs.

Ellie on

It is very possible for women to conceive naturally up until they have completed the process of menopause: for most women, this ocurrs in their 50s. I have known any number of women — in my family, friends of my mothers, or grandmothers, etc — who have done so, all through their 40s and into their 50s. Is it as likely as when a woman is younger? No. Is it as easy as it can be for younger women? No, not always. Is it *possible*? Yes, absolutely.

In any case. I am so happy for the Travolta’s! What a blessing for them :-)

tlm on

Kimmie … read the sentence again …. they welcomed their NOW 9 MONTH OLD SON last November … when he was born … not now….. get it???

Ali on

Actually, if you look at pictures or see videos of Jett from when he was an infant and toddler he looked A LOT like Benjamin!!!

Kresta on

@Abby. I have a friend who concieved her fourth child when she was 49 and this was after tubal ligation. It is possible for a woman to conceive a baby naturally until she has gone through menopause.

Shannon on

What a coincidence. Just enjoy your new son and stop trying to convince the world.

Sarah Gagne on

It also never specified what “trying” meant. His conception may have been with help but that doesn’t automatically mean that she used a donor.

mary on

I would bet her surprise was more at that she got pregnant at all, even with a donor egg, which I would bet 99.9999% to be true. I just don’t believe after 8+ years of trying (if they even were) that she just woke up pregnant.

I think there is nothing wrong with wanting another child and nothing wrong with using ART to have one- BUT- I also think it is their personal private thing and really nobody’s business. I wouldn’t be telling y’all when I ovulated, how I got pregnant, etc- so why should she.

That child looks NOTHING like Jett as a baby. he was dark, dark, dark hair- very not much a cute blondish boy.

laurelcanyongirl on

abby and shannon- i agree with you both. i think the harm in this type of article is that it leads a lot of women to think they can conceive on their own at age 48. i wish she would either not talk about it at all- or be totally honest. there is this trend for celebrities to tell half-truths- i guess i would just rather them keep it private instead of misleading people…”maybe” she did get pregnant on her own- but if you’ve been trying for 8 years and you’re 48, my guess is not…kinda reminds me of jennifer lopez how twins “run” in her family when someone i know told me that they used the same ivf doctor as her… i don’t care how someone conceived their kids- i just would rather hear the whole truth and not the half…

Romy on

scientology doesn’t allow fertility meds or treatment right? so they’d have to lie about it

Megan on

Let’s just be happy for one another! It’s wonderful and beautiful being a mother…I am a mother of 4 wonderful kids and I just could not imagine the pain of losing a child. Kindness and compassion is the key to life! They have a beautiful family :)

cris on

What an absolutely adorable little guy!! Kelly is very pretty, I just wish they would have done a big less photoshopping on her-esp her hairline

missy on

Kelly never stated that she got pregnant naturally. All she said was that they tried for a long time. It can take a long time to get pregnant at her age, even with fertility treatments and IVF. In any case, I’m happy that the Travoltas are experiencing joy after everything that they’ve been through.

Toya L. on

I am so happy for them, he is so cute. My great grandmother conceived both of her children (my grandmother) after the age of 48 and she sure as heck couldn’t afford nor would have used ivf. @kresta – I worked with a lady who conceived a daughter at 47 and her tubes had been tied also.

Kenna on

WHY can’t you people just be happy for them,or not say anything at all? This family LOST a child, and now they have another one to also love and (hopefully) see grow up completely. Who cares if she did it naturally, by donor, or even if it had been an adoption..what matters is they are starting to heal.

Angela on

My mom has a uncle who is the same age as her, there is a six month age difference between them. They are both 52 years old.

Brooke on

Ben is absolutely precious!!

And I don’t give a CRAP if it was Scientology or anything else that helped her.The fact is that it helped her.

She lost a child. Any comfort she can get, I would hope everyone would be happy about her well-being.

Julie on

I reckon she definitely used donor eggs just like Sarah Jessica Parker did. Would love to see what the egg donor’s look like and compare them to the children. I Hope John and Kelly tell Benjamin the truth because he might like to meet his egg donor one day.

LEC on

Ben is just so darn cute I can hardly bear it !!

dsfg on

100 years ago, before birth control or fertility treatments, women gave birth to children in their 40s all the time. Why is it hard to believe that it happens nowadays?

cara on

He is so very cute, and she looks great !

Olivia on

That is a seriously adorable little boy. :)

Fab on

DAMN!!!!! Some of ya’ll act as if you were in the bed…hospital… donor clinic or some other place with her…. YOU DONT KNOW HOW THIS WOMAN GOT PREGNANT… So stop ASSuming… Cause you are trully making an ASS of yourselves!!!!… GEEZ!!!! Congratulate and MOVE ON!!!!! He’s THEIR baby… Fertility can happen after 40.. 45… 50… not common BUT POSSIBLE!!!! This article is not making it seem like its EASY to do… Its sharing the JOY of this woman who wanted a child… TRIED with her HUSBAND and was successful at 48… Those who ASSume it’s EASY are just reading what they WANT TO HEAR!!!…. Congrats to this family!!!!

TJ on

I got pregnant after 12 years of trying off and on and we stopped for the last 3 of those years. I wasn’t as old as Kelly but almost 40. Then it just happend out of the blue, so yea it CAN happen. Who cares how it happened anyway. He’s a blessing and I do think he looks like his other sibs.

jessicamom#3 on

You can very well get preggo at that age. When I was 16, my sisters were 18 & 20 and my Mom at 46 got preggo with my baby sister who is now 15. Talk about shocked!! So it can very well happen!!!

Catherine in Tulsa on

it might be a donor egg, and god bless them to seriously consider the health risks for the child – but that boy is John Travolta’s!

Lila on

I don’t care about their beliefs either. They are entitled to them, and entitled to share them (people of all religions do it also).

I am happy to see some joy in their lives. Losing a child is the worst thing to deal with. My husband lost his sister 15 years ago and his parents still grieve. You never stop grieving. But life does go on and you learn to love again. My in laws adore my daughter and I know she has brought so much happiness to them, just as Ben has brought happiness to this family.

Much love to them all!

Amy Y. on

What a cute pic! This family has been through so much and I am glad to see them in a good place again. They aren’t one of those families you see in every show are magazine they can get into (Ahem…Kardashians). They finally had the third child they always wanted and I am glad for them.

Oh and all those people who comment about where and how he came about…really, do you feel so much contempt for celebrities that you sit here and pick apart every little word in an article? Really, there is just no words for how low people can go to get a little boost for the day.

JustMe on

Agree with Meghan and a few other posters… just be happy for them for being able to cope with the grief and for having a beautiful healthy child :) Anything else is their own personal business and doesn’t detract from the happiness

Ashley on

Wow beautiful baby, but you cant replace a dead child with a new one, and i feel like thats what theyve tried to do.

look on

there’s NO WAY she conceived that child naturally. We’re to believe she still has a regular period at age 48 and easily got pregnant amidst the stress and sadness of losing a son? On top of everything, the fact that it was a boy is way too perfect [a son to replace a son]. Money and modern medicine had to buy that miracle. Just wish they would be honest about it because it’s deceitful.

MiB on

Someone go tell my childhood best friends mom that she can’t be my best friends mom since she had her when she was 46! Without trying! Since she didn’t think she could get pregnant! And my aunt who had my cousin in her mid forties after nearly two decades of trying to concieve. Oh, and my grandmother who had twins at 43, she must have had IVF in the middle of WWII, no, wait, IVF wasn’t invented then, right? So did she fake her pregnancy and kidnap my mom and her twin sister? Or did she take a trip to the future to go through IVF there? The mystery is killing me!

The truth is that women can have children until their bodies completely stop releasing eggs, which for many women happen in the late 40’s to mid 50’s. Yes, your fertility declines as you age, you may not have regular periods anymore, but you are still fertile as long as you ovulate, therefore you can still concieve.

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