Being rich and famous does not provide immunity from the challenges of becoming a parent. These famous figures have had their share of challenges during their pursuit of a family.
After having a miscarriage, Mariah Carey sought acupuncture and fertility treatments to become pregnant with her twins, Moroccan and Monroe.
“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.”
Hugh Jackman opened up about his and wife Deborra-Lee Furness’ struggle with infertility. “It was painful. It’s not easy. You put a lot of time and effort into it, so it’s emotional… I think any parent can relate. Trying to have children is wonderful and when you feel as though that’s not going to happen, there’s a certain anxiety that goes with it.”
Although Hugh and Deborra always planned to adopt, they expected to have a couple of biological children first. “But when we decided we’d had enough of IVF,” he says, “we went ahead with adoption.”
Céline Dion tragically lost a child while giving birth to twins Nelson and Eddy. “One little baby decided to step back to help the other two survive,” she said. “The doctors said to me if there’s something wrong, nature takes its course. I still think of the one who stepped back. I’m sure every woman has the feeling about the little one that’s not there.”
She also talked about the IVF procedures she underwent to become pregnant. “We tried five times before I got pregnant. On the sixth try, it worked out. We were blessed twice.”
Céline’s husband, René Angélil, spoke about IVF, as well. “We are living the reality of the majority of couples who have to use [IVF]. The process can be long and arduous.”
Actress Emma Thompson gave birth to daughter Gaia in 1999, thanks to IVF. Emma and husband Greg Wise later adopted Rawndan refugee, Tindy.
“There’s been an awful lot of grief to get through in not being able to get pregnant again, but there are thousands and thousands of women like me who can’t have children.”
Nicole Kidman revealed her use of a surrogate when she and hubby Keith Urban announced the birth of their second child.
Sarah Jessica Parker
“Well, you know, we’ve been trying to expand our family for a number of years and we actually have explored a variety of ways of doing so,” Sarah Jessica Parker explained when she announced that she and Matthew Broderick were expecting twins via surrogacy. “[Surrogacy] was one of the things we discussed with seriousness that had real possibilities for us.”
When asked if she’d struggled with infertility, Sarah said, “Yeah, I mean, I couldn’t pretend otherwise. . . . It would be odd to have made this choice if I was able to, you know, have successful pregnancies since my son’s birth.”
“I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them,” Courteney Cox sais shortly after giving birth to daughter Coco with David Arquette.
“I don’t say it’s a walk in the park,” she said of the multiple miscarriages she endured before finally getting pregnant. “But what are you going to do? We just try again.”
David also opened up about the struggle, sharing that the IVF they underwent was “nerve-racking,” and adding, “I feel terrible that she has to go through so much.”
The Desperate Housewives star has confessed to wanting to be a mum so badly that she tried to conceive using a sperm donor, before she wed now-husband Tom Mahoney in 2006. Once married, Cross underwent IVF treatments to conceive fraternal twin girls Savannah and Eden, who were born in February 2007, when Cross was 44.