Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
About 10 percent of women in the United States (ages 15 to 44) have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of course celebs are part of that statistic, but all the hype over A-Lister baby bumps, not to mention the number of celebs who give birth over 40, makes it seem easy to get pregnant in Hollywood. Recently, five stars debunked that myth when they spoke out about their own fertility troubles. According to GirlsTalkinSmack.com, some of them tried in vitro fertilization (IVF), some struggled with miscarriages, and others finally adopted after years of struggling to conceive their own children. Brooke Shields, for instance, underwent seven rounds of IVF before she conceived her daughter Rowan, while it took six rounds of treatment for Celine Dion to become pregnant with her twins. “What starts out as a dream becomes a project that’s all consuming–everywhere you look, women are pregnant, and every song on the radio seems like it’s all about being pregnant!” Shields says. Marcia Cross resorted to IVF and donor eggs to conceive her twin daughters, Eden and Savannah, in her 40s. “It’s very, very difficult to get pregnant in your 40s,” she says. “It’s costly and tough on your body and your relationship.” Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborah ultimately adopted two children after they were unable to have biological children.
What do you think: Is it helpful for celebs to reveal their own infertility struggles, or do these stories have more of an impact if you know the person with the problem?