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Celebs Who Struggle to Get Pregnant
When you’re trying to get pregnant and those pee sticks show minus signs month after month, it can feel like you’re the only one who’s having fertility issues. But you’re not alone — Hollywood royalty, supermodels, singers, Olympic athletes and more have all had problems in the baby-making department, too.
Here is a roundup of celebrities who’ve dealt with infertility and the successful steps they’ve taken to finally become mamas.
After months of speculation from fans and gossip sites, Mariah Carey, 42, and her husband,Nick Cannon, finally came clean about two things in an interview with US Weekly in November 2010:
- They were pregnant
- Getting pregnant wasn't a walk in the park
In 2008, the singer suffered a devastating miscarriage shortly after getting married, and as a result began taking progesterone, a hormone often prescribed to boost fertility and/or to support or maintain pregnancy in women susceptible to miscarriage. She combined the progesterone with “once-a-day” acupuncture treatments “all over her body” designed to increase fertility. Turns out, the combo worked wonders — the couple’s expecting twins this spring!
Iman – Super model
The supermodel and host of Bravo’s The Fashion Show may have married rock royalty, but according to the model it took an ancient African fertility ritual — which requires a woman to carry a baby for a day — to give her and husband David Bowie a child. Iman toted aroundChristie Brinkley’s then-14-month-old baby, Sailor Lee, and voila — she reportedly conceived suddenly after. The long-legged beauty gave birth to daughter Alexandria in August 2000 at age 45.
Best known for her role as Fran Devanow, Jamie Buchman’s (Helen Hunt) best friend for six years on the Emmy award winning “Mad About You”, has co-founded Fertility LA in Sherman Oaks, California, a psychotherapy program for people who are struggling to get pregnant.
From ER tried to have a child for 6 years before finally giving birth to a baby girl. She states, “It didn’t surprise me that women were trying IVF so many times; there’s that need, and it ultimately overrides everything else.” She is now supporting HER Trust, a charity dedicated to investigating unanswered questions about infertility. As well as funding research, the charity will provide information for women on reproductive issues.
Mary Alice Young- Desperate Housewives wrestled with infertility and turned to the practice ofyoga to manage and alleviate the associated stress brought on by the diagnosis. She released aYoga 4 Fertility DVD in 2004. She will serve as the first national spokesperson for The American Fertility Association (AFA).
Former Bachelorette, she conceived her son, Max naturally after trying for two years. She reported that they were considering IVF, but “it really is expensive.”
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