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.
In July 2019, Natalie Imbruglia announced she was pregnant via IVF on Instagram. "I’m expecting my first child this Autumn. For those of you that know me, this has been something I have wanted for a very long time and I’m blessed that this is possible with the help of IVF and a sperm donor-I won’t be saying anything more on that publicly," she wrote, alongside a photo of her growing baby bump.
She announced on October 8, 2019, that she had welcomed her first child, son Max Valentine.
- Age: 45
- Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
- Photo: Paul Morigi / Getty Images
In 2018, Michelle Obama revealed both of her daughters were conceived through IVF after having a miscarriage. In an interview on ABC's Good Morning America, she explained she thought she had failed at the time of the miscarriage, but was unaware of how common they actually were. It was then she realized IVF was necessary with her fertility struggles.
- Age: 56
- Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Photo: Chrissy Teigen / Instagram
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.
- Age: 31
- Birthplace: Delta, Utah
- Photo: Celine Dion / Instagram
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)
- Age: 52
- Birthplace: Charlemagne, Canada