15 February 2008

Marcia Cross bonds with new husband over petri dish

Finally, one celebrity is brave enough to admit that becoming a mother after 40 is a hard slog.

Marcia Cross, from Desperate Housewives, admits that dealing with infertility was one of her first tasks as a newlywed. After unsuccessful tries with sperm donation and adoption before her marriage, Cross says she and her new husband skipped their honeymoon to try IVF:

We decided to skip our honeymoon and try in vitro after the wedding. I had already been through infertility treatments. It's very, very difficult to get pregnant in your 40s. It's costly and tough on your body and your relationship."

When she finally got pregnant with twins, serious complications arose in the form of preeclampsia which required an emergency caesar at 35 weeks as soon as she was diagnosed:

"I started having contractions at 28 weeks and had to go on bed rest for two months. I was constantly worried that the babies would be born premature," she said. "Then, in January, my eyesight started going, and I gained 12 lbs. in one week."

I find this to be so refreshing considering 1) it's pretty bizarre that so many celebrities are popping out twins...hello IVF! and 2) more famous women are having babies over 40. It's nice to have an explanation because it's not easy to have a baby past 40 and at least when celebrities admit that they've poured endless amounts of money into fertility treatments, there is less pressure on the average women to feel like a failure because she's 45 and still not pregnant. After all, celebrities are in many ways, the models for social life. The truth is that science is playing a significant role in the production of all of these babies of 'older' mothers and to pretend that it's risk-free and easy is not good for anyone. Did you hear that J.Lo?

Source: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20177921,00.html

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