They may have a successful career and stacks of money, but these 5 celebrities had a less than perfect time trying to have children. Some tried IVF, and after various attempts (and for some, miscarriages) managed to carry a baby to term, while other couples resorted to adoption after struggling with fertility issues for years. Here is what 5 stars have to say on a subject that has changed their lives. Luckily for most, they have all found a solution to their problem eventually.
Brooke Shields found it hard to get pregnant and had to resort to IVF seven times before she got pregnant with her first son: “I never thought I would have problems, I thought we’d decide to start a family and I’d soon become a mom, and it would all be easy, and glorious. I never dreamt I would become so informed about women’s fertility. After a while, when you’re not successful, you start to associate the word ‘failure’ every time you pee on a stick and it doesn’t come out the right color. 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! It becomes a very frustrating, frightening place.”
Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster also had trouble conceiving and found the whole experience very tiring, but continued to try until they were successful: “IVF can be stressful, especially for the woman with all the hormone injections and procedures. I said to Penny, “don’t worry, we’ll just keep trying”.”
Marcia Cross was in her 40′s when she decided to get pregnant, and had to use IVF, as well as donor eggs in order to get pregnant:”We decided to skip our honeymoon and try In Vitro after the wedding. I had already been through infertility treatments. It’s very, very difficult to get pregnant in your 40s. It’s costly and tough on your body and your relationship.“
Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborah had a hard time having children of their own, and in the end decided to adopt two kids: “It was painful. We thought we’d have a kid or two biologically and then adopt. Obviously, biologically wasn’t the way we were meant to have children. I don’t think of them as adopted – they are our children.”
Celine Dion underwent IVF six times in order to get pregnant. She recently gave birth to twins, but says it was a very emotional journey: “IVF is difficult emotionally, you have to keep in mind that you are so fortunate to have a family, you are a mom, you have a husband and you are lucky.”