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Hilary Swank opens up about why she waited to have kids: 'Something I thought about as a young girl'

By 9Honey Parenting|

Hilary Swank has opened up about falling pregnant at the age of 48, saying only now had it felt like the right time.

The Academy Award winner announced she was expecting twins earlier this month in an Instagram post, saying: 'Coming soonˇ­DOUBLE feature!'.

Speaking with Extra's Jenn Lahmers, the actor updated fans on her pregnancy and opened up about waiting until her late 40s to start a family.

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Hilary Swank announced she was expecting twins earlier this month, in a post showing off her baby bump. (Instagram)

While she had always wanted kids, Swank said, she and husband Philip Schneider had only married in 2018 and it had previously never felt like the right time.

"It's something I thought about as a young girl. It was something on my mind, and so now it's just nice to be here and just be pregnant,' Swank shared."

"I was having a a career and not having the right relationship until five years ago. All the elements need to come together and be right.'

Swank? also shared how she was coping with the pregnancy, saying although she'd experienced some morning sickness, she felt she was through the worst of it and was feeling better in her second trimester.

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Hilary Swank and husband Philip Schneider attend the Cadillac Oscar Week Celebration at Chateau Marmont on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California
Hilary Swank and Philip Schneider, who married in 2018. (Getty)

"My friends tell me when you have double, it doubles the hormones, double the sickness, double the everything," she said of carrying twins.

In a serendipitous twist, Swank also revealed the twins were due on her late father's birthday, April 16.

Swank, who was very close to her late father Stephen, said it gave her comfort to know that he was in some way entwined with their arrival.

"It's beautiful. It's all aligning, and my dad, he was one of my most favourite people in the world, so it is kind of like this tribute of life with them being due on this birthday," she said.

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Hilary Swank and her late father Stephen, who she was very close to. (Instagram)

?"He would be happy, elated for me. He just wanted me to have everything I wanted in my life, so I know it would be something that would bring him a lot of joy to see me in so much joy."

In a post marking a year since losing her father, aged 73, Swank said he would be forever missed.

"I can't believe it's been a year since you've transitioned. You are missed beyond measure and forever in my heart," she captioned a reel of their favourite moments together.

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