Getting real about infertility can be hard for anyone but when it comes to celebrities, the pressure is on. So, we applaud the celebrities who are talking about their journey and providing a source of inspiration and often a bit of comic relief when it comes to their family building.
Anne Hathaway on TTC and Infertility
“It’s not for a movie … #2,” she captioned the post, going on to hint that getting pregnant wasn’t exactly an easy journey for her and husband Adam Shulman.
“All kidding aside, for everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies,” the actress added. “Sending you extra love.”
Gabrielle Union on Feeling Shame
Gabrielle previously opened up to Redbook about her struggles with IVF and the pressures she and husband Dwyane Wade feel about trying for a family later in life.
“So far, it has not happened for us,” she said. “There’s a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger. The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you’re wearing a scarlet letter.”
But all is not lost, she told the Today show. “There is so much hope; there are so many options.”
Carrie Underwood on Experiencing Miscarriages While TTC
Underwood went on to explain in a CBS interview that one of her most emotional moments from that time came as she cuddled with her son and thought, “Why on Earth do I keep getting pregnant if I can’t have a kid? Like, what is this? Shut the door. Like, do something. Either shut the door or let me have a kid.”
“And for the first time, I feel like I actually told God how I felt,” she added. “That was a Saturday — and the Monday I went to the doctor to confirm another miscarriage. And they told me everything was great!”
She said, “He heard me.”
Kim Kardashian on Surrogacy
“I didn’t know that I was going to be so open with [my fertility challenges],” she told Glamour in its July issue. “But meeting people at my fertility doctor’s office who are going through the same things I’m going through, I thought, ‘Why not share my story?’ It’s been really emotional.”
Kardashian opened up about her fears over connecting with Chicago in the same way that she did with her other children. But the bond was definitely still there:
“It’s crazy how … instantly when the baby came out, there was no weird feeling that I was so nervous about, [like] ‘am I gonna feel the same way?’ It was the same exact feeling [as with the other kids]. That was instantly a relief for me, because that’s what I was most nervous about, and I just feel lucky that I’ve had such a good experience with surrogacy.”
Chrissy Teigen on Nosy Questioning
Back in September 2015, before anyone in the public knew that Luna would be born just months later, Teigen alluded to her fertility struggles in a conversation with Tyra Banks on FABLife, according to Us Weekly:
“I can’t imagine being that nosy, like, ‘When are the kids coming?’ because who knows what somebody’s going through, who knows if somebody’s struggling? I would say, honestly, [that] John and I were having trouble. We would have had kids five, six years ago if it had happened, but my gosh, it’s been a process.”
Dylan Dreyer on Secondary Infertility
“So many women are going through their own fertility issues, and I want to open up the conversation to get us all talking instead of sneaking onto that baby chat room and scrolling endlessly through the comments hoping to stumble upon someone going through a similar situation,” she wrote. “Well, here I am, putting myself out there, and maybe it will give just one other woman the motivation to keep plugging along.”
When telling her story of secondary infertility, Dylan said she felt like she needed to offer a disclaimer that she and Brian are tremendously grateful for their son Calvin. “I know there are women who struggle to have one baby and here I am wanting more. I do not take for granted what God has given me,” she wrote for TODAY Parents. “That being said, we want to give Calvin a sibling. The way Cal loves on other babies and asks to hold them and gently touches their arms shows me that he would be an amazing older brother…. We have so much love to give and we want to grow our family. We thought it would be easy to do that, and it’s not.”
Jaime King on 8 Years of Infertility
Not long after welcoming her first son, James Knight, Jaime shared with her Instagram followers the difficulties getting to that moment.
“This is the truth about conceiving my son and struggles after 8 yrs of pain and undiagnosed PCOS & Endometriosis. 9 doctors until Dr. Randy Harris diagnosed me & saved my life from a severe ectopic, 5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF, 26 IUIs, most with no outcome, 4 1/2 years of trying to conceive, 26 hours of brutal labor, early delivery b/c of sudden preeclampsia…” she wrote.
“I was hiding what I was going through for so long, and I hear about so many women going through what I went through,” she told People. “If I’m open about it, hopefully it won’t be so taboo to talk about it.”
While pregnant with her second son, Leo Thames, she opened up to Fit Pregnancy, saying, “When someone tells you, ‘Oh, you might not be able to [carry a child],’ you feel like it’s the one thing that you have that’s this gift, that makes you a woman, and there’s something wrong with you.”
Halsey on Endometriosis and Egg Freezing
Because endometriosis can lead to fertility issues, Halsey is taking control of her reproductive future and freezing her eggs now to maximize her options for starting a family down the line.
“When I tell people that, they’re like, ‘You’re 23, why do you need to do that? Why do you need to freeze your eggs?’ Doing ovarian reserve is important for me, because I’m fortunate enough to have that as an option, and I need to be aggressive about protecting my fertility [and] about protecting myself,” she said. “Taking these measures to make sure that I get to have a hopefully bright future and achieve the things that I want to achieve by doing the ovarian reserve is really important.”
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