17 May Celebs Who Have Shared Infertility Struggles: Kim Kardashian & More
Getting pregnant can be a battle for some individuals, including celebrities who are now sharing their struggles to conceive. There is so much pressure is placed on couples struggling with infertility, leading many to feel isolated, stressed, and alone.
Infertility is defined as when couples are unable to conceive after having unprotected sex for at least a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends that women over the age of 35 should be screened for infertility after six months, as egg quality and quantity decrease with time, especially between the ages of 30 and 39.
Many celebrities have been open about their reproductive challenges, which ultimately can help the other individuals realize they aren’t alone.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
“You hear stories about [in vitro fertilization] working the first try, but you’ll hear a lot more stories about when it takes a few times,” Teigen stated in 2018. “Ours didn’t work the first time and it was devastating.” The pair’s IVF experience was successful in the end. Teigen and the John Legend welcomed daughter Luna in April 2016 and son Miles in May 2018.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians alum and fiancé Travis Barker pursued IVF while trying to conceive their first child together. “Every single person on social media is always like ‘Kourtney’s pregnant, Kourtney’s pregnant, Kourtney’s gained so much weight,” Kardashian told Kris Jenner of the experience in a March 2022 clip of Hulu’s The Kardashians. “It’s so rude to comment on people when you have no idea what they’re going through. The medication they’re giving me, they put me into menopause. Literally into menopause. It’s a beautiful thing that we’d love to have happen, but the journey is a bit hard for any woman who went on it,” she told Entertainment Tonight in April 2022 of trying to conceive a baby with Barker.
Kourtney is not alone. Gabrielle Union, Kim Kardashian, and other stars have opened up about their surrogacy experiences over the years.
While describing her and Drew Scott’s IVF journey to Reveal magazine in March 2022, the pregnant star recalled, “I was just so anxious and sad that maybe it was too late for us. And then I’d feel dumb for waiting so long, for not having given a thought to whether I wanted kids. I’d think, ‘I should have worked harder to plan for this,’ and I’d feel silly that I ignored the possibility that it might not be easy. And then I’d feel optimistic again. Then the next month it would be the same cycle of emotions.”
In March 2022, the Today show cohost reflected on suffering a miscarriage between welcoming daughter Vale and son Charley in 2014 and 2016, respectively. “I stopped even letting myself hope or believe I could [get pregnant] because the years were getting on,” she told Good Housekeeping at the time, noting that she underwent multiple rounds of IVF.” It wasn’t that I thought it was impossible; I just thought it wasn’t likely. I didn’t want to get my hopes up.”
Jordana Brewster’s sons Julian, 8, and Rowan, 5, were born through gestational surrogacy, which complicated the actress’ desire to take maternity leave the first time around. “I was like, ‘I’m not able to carry my baby so why should I get that? I should go straight to work,’’ Brewster, who initially tried conceiving with IVF, told TODAY Parents in 2021. “I was punishing myself for something I couldn’t help.” Over time, the “Fast & Furious star” arrived at a healing place. “I let go of the baggage. I let go of the noise in my head,” she told TODAY. “I’ve done so much work to create this beautiful life and I’m going to enjoy it.”
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