5 Celebrities Who Admitted to Facing Fertility Problems
Recently, model and actress Jaime King took to Instagram and posted a lengthy — and brutally honest — admission: That she and her husband Kyle Newman suffered five miscarriages and a whole lot of heartbreak before welcoming son James in 2013.
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“For all the struggling women & moms out there who think they are alone — this is truth about conceiving my son and struggles after,” she wrote in the post.
“(Eight years) of pain & undiagnosed (polycystic ovary syndrome) & Endometrioses… 5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of (In vitro fertilization), 26 (Intrauterine insemination), most with no outcome, 4-1/2 years of trying to conceive, 26 hours of brutal labor, early delivery (because) of sudden preeclampsia, tearing and tearing after the stitches were in once I was home.”
Although the post has since been taken down for unknown reasons, plenty of media outlets and social media followers applauded the 35-year-old’s honesty, and for good reason: Infertility affects 7.3 million women and their partners in the U.S., according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
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Plus, in today’s baby bump- and mommy blog-obsessed world, it’s refreshing to hear another side of the story: That plenty of women — even those who aren’t particularly old or unhealthy — can face tremendous hurdles trying to have a baby.
King hasn’t been the only celebrity to open up about their fertility challenges. Here are more stars who've publicly (and admirably) talked about difficulties they’ve had conceiving.
While married to basketball player Lamar Odom, the reality star was undergoing fertility treatments — as documented on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" — but stopped them when her marital issues began.
"About a year ago, we were like, 'Let's just see what happens.' And then when it didn't happen, Kim was like, 'Let's go to the doctor,'" Khloe said in 2013. "I found out I don't ovulate, and now my uterus lining isn't thick enough and I have to take pills to make my uterus lining thicker. If that doesn't get thicker, then I cannot carry a baby."
Sarah Jessica Parker
After giving birth to son James in 2002, the former "Sex and the City" star admitted she and hubby Matthew Broderick used a surrogate for their twins Loretta and Tabitha.
"Yeah, I mean, I couldn’t pretend otherwise,” she said, when asked on "Today" in 2009 about whether she faced fertility issues. “It would be a complicated. It would be odd to have made this choice if I was able to, you know, have successful pregnancies since my son’s birth.”
The E! host has been honest about her struggles with infertility, and the fact that she and husband Bill Rancic turned to IVF when trying to conceive. Her first round of treatment worked, but she soon suffered a miscarriage. The second round was unsuccessful and plans for a third were put on hold when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
In 2012, the happy and healthy couple welcomed son Duke via a surrogate.
The pop star now has three kids with husband Gavin Rossdale, but it wasn't an easy or predictable road.
"I really, really, really wanted one about two years ago," she said in the October 2012 issue of Marie Claire before she got pregnant with her third son. "And it didn’t really work out. So … I feel good with what we’ve got. Everything works out how it should," she said before she got pregnant with her third son.
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Though the 44-year-old is now mom to twins Moroccan and Monroe with husband Nick Cannon, it wasn't easy. The legendary singer admitted she sought acupuncture and fertility treatments.
“The main thing I did that was tough was to go on progesterone like every month … and then when I was pregnant, I had to stay with the progesterone for 10 weeks,” Carey told Barbara Walters on "20/20." “It minimizes the chance of miscarriage by 50 percent.”