Celebrities including Lacey Turner and Emma Bunton share their fertility struggles: ‘I haven’t given up’

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Getting pregnant can be difficult for many women and couples experiencing problems is more common than most people think.

Approximately one in eight couples are affected by infertility in the United Kingdom. That’s about 6.7 million people each year who have trouble conceiving.

Celebrities from EastEnders star Lacey Turner to The Spice Girls singer Emma Bunton have bravely opened up on their fertility struggles

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Lacey Turner

The EastEnders actress has openly shared her story of pregnancy struggles with husband Matt Kay. “We’ve been together half our lives so I thought we’d get married then I’d have a baby. Well, you get there and you think it doesn’t work like that, not for everybody,” she said.

After discovering she was pregnant a month after her wedding in 2017, Lacey said, “We couldn’t believe it. We got to seven weeks and we sadly lost it and it was heartbreaking.”

Lacey sought answers on why it had happened again with a second pregnancy. “On paper it was normal, there was nothing wrong,” she explained. She recently revealed in OK! the couple are expecting their second child.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen recently spoke of the ‘deep pain’ she suffered after losing her baby boy, Jack. Opening up about her heartbreak, the 34-year-old model said, “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before.”

Chrissy had been taken to hospital suffering from excessive bleeding. She later revealed that her third child with husband John Legend had sadly passed away. “We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed”.

She later thanked fans online for their support, “On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it.”

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Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith recently revealed her ‘struggle’ to fall pregnant a second time. Revealing she underwent gruelling treatment, the singer said “This child is so wanted, it’s my sixth round of IVF and was a struggle to get here.”

The 39-year-old also opened up about the difficulties she faced following the birth of her three-year-old, adding, “I had a very traumatic first birth and I am also prone to postpartum depression. Being a mother is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me but I will swell up and I won’t ‘glow’! I intend to be very real about this with you all.”

Emma Bunton

After being diagnosed with endometriosis in her 20s and told she would struggle to conceive, the Spice Girls singer revealed how she struggled to come to terms with the news. “That nearly broke me, I knew I had the right partner and that I wanted to be a mum. I didn’t give up hope; it just wasn’t happening.”

Five years later she fell pregnant during her time on Strictly Come Dancing. “I did a test straight away and I was. I have no idea whether it was doing all that exercise but I was so happy. Strictly got me pregnant.”

Emma and her husband, Damage singer Jade Jones, had their first child Beau in 2007, and Tate four years later.

Emma Thompson

The personal expectations for a family brought great challenges to British actress Emma Thompson. After suffering a miscarriage in 1997, she successfully gave birth to her daughter, Gaia, through IVF.

“After that, we tried to have another child, it didn’t work, and I went into a deep clinical depression,” she explained. “It’s only now that I no longer count other people’s children or judge myself harshly for not providing my daughter with a sibling.”

Emma went on to adopt a former child soldier from Rwanda, named Tindy. “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.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick used a surrogate to carry their twin girls. Marion and Tabitha are now 11. Sarah said, “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.” The couple also have a son, James, 17.

Michelle Obama

In 2018 the former First Lady opened up about having a miscarriage before using IVF to conceive both children, Malia and Sasha. Revealing how she felt “lost and alone” after her miscarriage 20 years ago, the Becoming author and husband, former US President Barack had couples therapy. “I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” she said. “We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”

Jessie J

In 2018, singer Jessie J revealed the diet and lifestyle changes she made to help with her fertility issues. After being told in 2014 that she is infertile, the now 32-year-old told fans that she “hasn’t given up” when it comes to having children someday.

“I changed the way I live, I’ve done a lot of self-work. I am still in the process of it,” she said. “Four, four-and-a-half, five years ago, I was diagnosed with this disease, which is making it harder. I was told I can’t have children, but I don’t believe it. I believe in miracles. I haven’t given up.”

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Mariah Carey

After suffering a miscarriage in 2008, the singer revealed she used acupuncture and fertility treatments to help her get pregnant with 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,” she said. “It minimises the chance of miscarriage by 50%.”

While reluctant to discuss in great detail, the 50-year-old has been named as one of the most visible women in music to talk about their journey in a public forum.

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