Michelle Obama is opening up about her life in a new memoir, Becoming. And in the book, she reveals she struggled with fertility issues before conceiving her two daughters, Sasha and Malia.
She also said she underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF) in her mid-30s in order to conceive her two daughters, after realizing “the biological clock is real, because egg production is limited.”
The former first lady of the US revealed that she decided to tell her story so women know they are not alone if they’re struggling to start a family. “I think it’s the worst thing that we do to each other as women, not share the truth about our bodies and how they work, and how they don’t work,” she said.
The Taiwanese singer, known as FanFan, to many of her fans says getting pregnant wasn’t easy. She conceived her twin boys River and Ryan after a long struggle of infertility.
Even though she hated injections, she had to take ovulation injections at her abdomen area for ten consecutive days to begin the IVF process.
Despite these unsavory side effects, Fan Fan pulled through and welcomed her twin boys in 2015.
Nicole Kidman’s IVF journey has not been easy. She has struggled seriously with infertility over the years and is known to have experienced a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, and also faced difficulties in her IVF treatment.
Despite her difficult journey, the Oscar winner is a proud mum to four children, a son and daughter who are adopted, a daughter that she gave birth to, and a daughter birthed via surrogacy.
“Anyone that’s been in the place of wanting another child or wanting a child knows the disappointment, the pain and the loss that you go through trying and struggling with fertility,” she said. “Fertility is such a big thing, and it’s not something I’ve ever run away from talking about.”
Married to singer John Legend, Chrissy has a little girl and a baby boy, but it took years of upsetting infertility and IVF treatments to get here.
“John and I were having trouble. We would have had kids five, six years ago if it had happened,” she told the media in 2015. “But my gosh, it’s been a process.”
Chrissy ended up freezing her eggs and became pregnant with Luna and Miles through IVF treatments.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star had to overcome a complicated delivery caused by preeclampsia to deliver her firstborn, daughter North.
Kim them turned to IVF to conceive her second child, Saint, with rapper Kanye West. The couple then decided to turn to a surrogate for their third child, a girl named Chicago, arrived on 13 January 2018.
The Friends star suffered from “quite a few” miscarriages before conceiving her daughter Coco, now 13, through IVF.
“I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them,” Courteney has previouslt said, adding that she and ex-husband David Arquette would “bounce back pretty quickly,” after each miscarriage. “I don’t say it’s a walk in the park. But what are you going to do? We just try again.”
The former couple said at the time that trying IVF was “nerve-racking,” and her now ex-husband said that he feels “terrible that she has to go through so much.”
Gigi married businessman Patrick Ma Ting-kung in 2008. It was not until two years later that the power couple managed to conceive twin daughters — Gianna and Patricia — through IVF.
Then again in 2012, the couple welcomed another daughter, Pegella, to their family the same way.
The My Heart Will Go On singer and her husband, René Angélil — who died in in 2016 — turned to IVF following the discovery that Angelil suffered from a low sperm count.
The couple had son, Rene-Charles, via IVF in 2001. The diva then had to endure six rounds of IVF and a miscarriage before finally conceiving twin boys Eddy and Nelson, in 2010.
After continuously putting off having kids, the model then discovered conceiving was tougher than expected.
“It’s so funny when I was 23 years old, I used to tell myself, ‘In three years, I’m going to have kids.’ Then I turned 24. ‘In three years, I’m going to have kids,’” she said. “Then when I was finally ready, I found that it was that easy.”
Tyra eventually tried IVF, which led to some “traumatic” attempts. She’s since become a mom to son, York, with ex-boyfriend Erik Asla via a gestational surrogate.
After a miscarriage in 1997, the actress gave birth to daughter Gaia at age 40 through IVF. But Emma’s feelings of guilt and failure over being unable to conceive again, despite trying IVF again, sent her into a deep depression.
In 2003, she and her actor husband Greg Wise informally adopted their son Tindy, a former child solider from Rwanda, who instantly became part of the family.
“I couldn’t have more children, and that was hard; but perhaps if I had [had more], I’d have missed out on this extra act of mothering that I’ve had with Tindy,” she said.