Celebs and Infertility
When you’re trying to get pregnant and those pregnancy tests 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 becoming pregnant.
Celebs who struggled to get pregnant and overcame
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 as a result began taking progesterone. This is 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” which were designed to increase fertility. Turns out, this combination worked wonders.
Iman – Super model
The supermodel and host of Bravo’s The Fashion Show may have married rock royalty, however according to the model it took an ancient African fertility ritual. The ritual requires a woman to carry a baby for a day, therefore, Iman toted around Christie Brinkley’s then-14-month-old baby, Sailor Lee for a day. Voila — she reportedly conceived shortly after. The long-legged beauty gave birth to daughter Alexandria in August 2000 at age 45.
Trista Sutter – Reality Star
The former star of The Bachelorette revealed that she had battled infertility for two years before giving birth to her son Maxwell in 2007, and daughter Blakesley two years later. She spoke publicly to Fox411 stating "It's a very difficult thing to not be able to do anything about making a dream of yours come true and questioning whether something is wrong with you. So that was definitely a dark time in my life."
Alex Kingston – Actress
ER star was trying 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 from Desperate Housewives wrestled with infertility for many years before turning to the practice of yoga. She found this helped to manage and alleviate the associated stress brought on by the diagnosis. She released a Yoga 4 Fertility DVD in 2004. She will serve as the first national spokesperson for The American Fertility Association (AFA).
So don't worry infertility affects all of us not just us mere mortals, even celebrities are not immune from this. However, it is interesting to see the different methods that people try regardless of background. Even for those with larger bank balances than most it is encouraging to see that many still turn to natural methods for getting pregnant rather than IVF.
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