According to the CDC, approximately 14 percent of women 15-49 years of age in the U.S. have difficulty becoming pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, and the following starlets are proof that celebrities really are just like everyone else.
1. Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen first opened up about struggling with IVF treatments in 2015. “John [Legend] and I were having trouble. We would have had kids five [kids] six years ago if it had happened,” she told Tyra Banks at the time. “But my gosh, it’s been a process.”
After freezing her eggs, she was able to get pregnant with her daughter Luna and son Miles.
In 2020, Teigen faced the “heartbreaking” loss of her son Jack at 20 weeks due to partial placenta abruption.
The 36-year-old is currently expecting another child with her husband John Legend.
2. Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union has been very candid about her struggles to get pregnant.
“I have had eight or nine miscarriages,” Union wrote in her book “We’re Going to Need More Wine”. “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant— I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”
In 2018, Union was finally able to get some answers on what may have been causing her infertility issues when she was diagnosed with adenomyosis.
Union and her husband Dwyane Wade welcomed their daughter Kaavia James in 2018 through a surrogate.
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3. Tamron Hall
Tamron Hall opened up about undergoing IVF and the anxiety she felt about losing her son Moses, who was born in 2019.
4. Mariah Carey
Before giving birth to her twins Moroccan and Monroe, Carey suffered a miscarriage in 2008. She opened up on 20/20 about using acupuncture and fertility treatments to get pregnant.
5. Michelle Obama
Yes, even the former First Lady has had infertility issues.
“I felt like I failed, because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” Michelle Obama said on “Good Morning America”. “We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken. So, that’s one of the reasons why I think it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen, and the biological clock is real.”
Her daughters Malia and Sasha, were born through IVF after she experienced some issues conceiving. “I realized that as I was 34 and 35,” she said in the interview. “We had to do IVF.”
6. Angela Basset
Angela Basset struggled with fertility treatments for seven years.
“I was devastated when it didn’t happen [again and again],” Basset shared with Oprah Winfrey. “I had to remain hopeful and resilient and, ‘Okay, let’s do it again.'”
She and her husband Courtney B. Vance welcomed fraternal twins, Bronwyn and Slater, in 2006 via surrogate.
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7. Tia Mowry-Hardrict
Tia Mowry-Hardrict was diagnosed with endometriosis at the age of 27, which made it difficult to conceive.
After going through two surgeries and a major diet change, she was able to give birth to her son Cree in 2011. However, she and her husband Cory Hardrict struggled with infertility for seven years after that before giving birth to their daughter Cairo in 2018.
“I didn’t think I’d be able to have a second child, and it’s been over seven years since my first pregnancy,” Mowry-Hardrict told People. “I put it off, but I did want to have another child. I didn’t let my infertility issues define me or define what my goals were and what I wanted out of life. We did try for a long time. It was hard. But I didn’t give up.”
Beyoncé is mother to Blue Ivy Carter (10) and twins Sir and Rumi Carter (5). But before giving birth to them she experienced miscarriages.
“Success looks different to me now. I learned that all pain and loss is in fact, a gift. Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else,” she said in a 2020 interview. “Then I had Blue, and the quest for my purpose became so much deeper. I died and was reborn in my relationship, and the quest for self became even stronger.”