Bill and Giuliana Rancic have been open about building their family via surrogacy—the E! Stars are parents to 21-month-old son Duke, who was born via surrogate in 2012—and now Peoplereports some sad news: The couple’s surrogate, Delphine, recently suffered a miscarriage.
“She was about nine weeks pregnant. We were pretty close to getting into the safe zone,” Rancic told the magazine, adding, “We experienced a miscarriage years ago when we were trying with Giuliana, so we had been keeping the pregnancy news tight to the vest.”
Not surprising, Bill says he and Giuliana “were devastated.”
But the couple, whose reality TV show, Giuliana and Bill, has prominently featured their desire to add to their family this season, aren’t giving up.
“We’re fighters. Hopefully we’re going to have good news and Delphine will be on board one more time,” he said. “We’ve had to battle it out and that’s something that we’re going to continue to do.”
To add to the family’s excitement, Sue and husband Noel’s 20-year-old daughter, Sophie, is also pregnant and will be having her second child just five weeks earlier than her mom! Sue says going through the pregnancies together has kept her mind off worrying about her own baby. Sadly, Sue had a miscarriage in September (similar to her U.S. counterpart Michelle Duggar). Sue says she and Noel were “devastated beyond words” when a 12-week scan revealed they had lost their baby.
“After everything we went through when we had a miscarriage, Sophie really helps to keep me calm, Sue told The Daily Mail. “I worried constantly during my last pregnancy but instead of doing the same this time, I just keep saying that what will be, will be. Because we are going through the same thing, we are able to talk about everything and reassure each other. It is great not to have to go through it all on your own.”
The two moms-to-be aren’t only sharing their feelings with each other, but their food cravings too. “We are craving all of the same things, particularly junk food,” shares Sue. “We just laugh and say at least we will get fat together.”
Sophie knows she is having a girl, but Sue hasn’t found out the sex of her baby yet, but has a gut feeling it will be another boy. Will they stop there, or keep adding to their brood like their American equivalent across the Pond, the Duggars? “I always say ‘never say never,’ but maybe this time it is the last,” says Sue.
“We would love more children if God saw fit to give us more, I just want to make sure that I am ready to catch a baby if that would happen,” Michelle Duggar says in tonight’s episode, as she goes to see Dr. Paul Wendel, an ob-gyn in Little Rock, Arkansas, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies.
At 47, if Michelle were to get pregnant again, it would be considered a high-risk pregnancy as the risk of birth defects and complications rise with age. Her doctor says getting pregnant at her age isn’t impossible (just look at Halle Berry!), but “very unusual.” “As we age, your chance of getting pregnant naturally begins to drop. And in the mid-40s it drops to less than 5 percent.”
He also shared that if Michelle were to get pregnant the chances of having a child with down syndrome would be high. (At age 47, the risk is as high as 1 in 4. In comparison, at age 24 the rate is 1 in 2,000.) Of course, this isn’t new news to Michelle, who has had six children since turning 36.
While Michelle would love to have another baby, she says she will be able to come to terms with not having any more children—if it should come to that. “If I am in that season of life where we’re not able to have any more, then I’m fine, I ‘m happy with that,” she says in the clip. “But if there are things physically I need to know, that I need to do, health-wise just to be ready to catch a baby if God saw fit to give us one.”
No matter how you feel about Lindsay Lohan, the young actress has revealed some stunning news that will surely help many people see her in a more sympathetic light now: She recently suffered a miscarriage.
Last night, on the season finale of her OWN network documentary series, Lindsay, the Mean Girls star revealed that she had a miscarriage while filming the show. That’s why the production—which was documenting Lindsay’s recovery and hopes of a career comeback—stopped filming for two weeks.
“I couldn’t move, I was sick,” she said. “Mentally, that messes with you.” Lindsay said the crisis was hinted at in a previous episode of the show when she couldn’t leave her room and it was announced “she doesn’t want to come down.”
She declined to say how far along in the pregnancy she was at the time of the miscarriage or to identify the father, though I’m sure that will become a media guessing game since her list of sexual partners was recently leaked.
While I have never had a miscarriage myself, I know so many pregnant women who have, and it’s about the most emotionally excruciating thing a woman can go through. I don’t know Lindsay’s situation. I’m guessing she probably wasn’t looking to get pregnant, but I’m sure the loss she experienced was just as mind-numbing for her as it is for every other woman who has gone through it.
Sure, Lindsay may be getting criticized for revealing such a personal matter on TV during her show’s finale, but whether it was a ratings stunt or not, I’m glad she did. More women out there need to realize they’re not alone in their pain. Roughly 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage—which is a shocking truth no one really seems to talk about.
My greatest hope for anyone who’s gone through a miscarriage—including Lindsay—is that you have someone to talk about it with, whether it’s a friend who’s a really good listener, your partner, or a professional. You can’t keep your feelings bottled up, if you want to move past the tragedy.
In January, I posted about how England had come up with a plan to curb Fetal Alcohol Syndrome by selling pregnancy tests in pub bathrooms—with the thought being that given the opportunity, a woman who thought she might be pregnant would take the pregnancy test before she went ahead with a night of boozing, and therefore could prevent causing alcohol-related disorders in her future baby if she was in fact pregnant. Now, a senator in Alaska is wanting to take things one step further by using taxpayer’s money to supply free pregnancy tests in bathrooms of all the bars and restaurants in his state.
Republican senator Pete Kelly from Fairbanks got the idea after getting involved with an organization called Empowering Hope, whose mission is to eliminate Fetal Alcohol Syndrome from Alaska.
According to Alaska Dispatch, senator Kelly explained that “the pregnancy test assumes the best of us. If you know (you’re pregnant), you’ll make the right decision.” When asked about whether he’d also thought about making condoms readily available, he said no, because the message the state would be sending would be different. Instead of encouraging people to make a good decision, he said free condoms send the message, “’Here, use this, because you are not going to control yourself.’”
I don’t agree with that philosophy AT ALL. If your goal is protect unborn children from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, I think if you’re going to give out pregnancy tests, why not give out condoms that could potentially prevent women who are drinking from getting pregnant in the first place?
Drinking while pregnant is a huge issue, and one worth talking about again and again because it’s been proven that drinking during pregnancy can cause miscarriages, premature births, and fetal alcohol syndrome, which can lead to low birth weights, birth defects and learning and behavioral disorders.
A respected study from 2012 shows that as little as two drinks a week in the first trimester can increase a woman’s risk of miscarriage. Of course, you might be thinking, “I had a few drinks before I found out I was pregnant and everything is still fine with my baby,” but once you know, why risk anything bad happening to your baby over the craving for a glass of wine? I know I can wait the nine months!
I’m sure people will have a lot to say about whether these pregnancy tests should be government funded (is that what you’d want your tax money going towards?), but I’m not opposed to pregnancy tests being accessible in bars. As I mentioned in my last post on the topic, having these tests in public bathrooms will probably contribute to even longer bathroom lines. (Is that faint line really a line? Let me do it again! You know what I’m talking about!) But I think having to hold it a little longer is worth it if it means someone finds out they’re pregnant and chooses not to drink that night. Don’t you?