Millions of couples struggle with infertility and the famous people below are no exception. Each one of these entertainment superstars have had trouble conceiving naturally and resorted to undergoing IVF treatment or artificial insemination. Because of their high profile careers and a stigma about artificial pregnancies, celebs often keep their problems with fertility, miscarriages, and IVF treatments a secret. In recent years, however, more and more entertainers are opening up about using various types of treatments and procedures to get pregnant.
IVF and other artificial fertility procedures comes at a high cost, with no guarantee for pregnancy. Treatments involve several visits to the doctor, self-administered hormone shots, unpleasant side effects, and other necessary steps. Celebrities that have opted for this difficult and emotional route include singing idols Celine Dion and Mariah Carey, both of whom may have been infertile but are now proud mothers to beautiful children. Featuring older parents who conceived twins and more, this list has it all.
The list of famous women below also includes actresses like Brooke Shields, Courteney Cox, Chrissy Teigen, Jane Seymour, and Emma Thompson, who all gave birth in their later years with the help of IVF. Others, like Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and TV personality Giuliana Rancic, used gestational surrogates after undergoing in-vitro to have their babies. Got baby fever? Check out Ranker's list of famous single moms in Hollywood and a list of 2015 celebrity babies.
On October 12, 2015, Chrissy Teigen announced that she and husband John Legend were expecting their first child, a daughter, conceived through in vitro fertilization. Their daughter, Luna Simone Stephens, was born in April 2016.
Birthplace: Delta, Utah, United States of America
Profession: Fashion Model, Model
Credits: FabLife, Lip Sync Battle, Extra, Entertainment Tonightsee more on Christine Teigen
After six in vitro fertilization attempts, Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angélil gave birth to their son René-Charles in 2000. A decade later, the couple once again used IVF to conceive their twin boys Eddy and Nelson, born in 2010. “IVF is difficult emotionally,” Dion told Hello! Canada magazine.(Source 1, 2)
Birthplace: Charlemagne, Canada
Profession: Songwriter, Actor, Composer, Singer
Credits: Titanic, Beauty and the Beast, Sleepless in Seattle, Céline Dion: All the Way... A Decade of Song & Video
#16 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on Celine Dion
The chart-topping singer, who had previously suffered a miscarriage, underwent IVF treatments to get pregnant. In 2011, Carey and her husband Nick Cannon welcomed their twins Moroccan and Monroe, which she famously nicknamed "Dem Babies."(Source)
Birthplace: Huntington, New York, United States of America
Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer, Model, + more
Credits: Oz the Great and Powerful, Love Actually, Rush Hour, Men in Black
#20 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on Mariah Carey
Nicole Kidman went through various IVF and fertility treatments before the 2008 birth of her and Keith Urban's daughter Sunday Rose. The couple's second child Faith Margaret was born in 2010 via a gestational surrogate.(Source)
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Singer
Credits: Moulin Rouge, The Others, Eyes Wide Shut, The Hours
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