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Michelle Obama Had A Miscarriage, IVF at Age 34, Memoir Reveals

Michelle Obama reveals in her upcoming new book that at age 34, she and President Barack Obama went through the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process when they couldn’t’ conceive through traditional means.

Inside her memoir, “Becoming“, to be released this upcoming Tuesday (pre-order yours today), she opens up in a way she couldn’t before when she was married to the leader of the Free World and she really goes in deep and personal.

In an advance copy given to the Washington Post, she revealed how she had to give herself the necessary shots when her husband was off fulfilling his duties in the state Legislature.

“I felt lost and alone, and I felt like I failed,” she told Robin Roberts in an interview that ran Friday on Good Morning America. “I didn’t know how common miscarriages were, because we don’t talk about them. We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”

Of those who had a miscarriage, 37% felt they had a lost a child, 47% felt guilty, 41% reported feeling that they had done something wrong, 41% felt alone, and 28% felt ashamed, according to a 2015 study CNN cited.

In opening up this way, the former First Lady is showing to the world that she is no different from other women who have suffered in silence. She also pointed at the social stigma of miscarriage and blamed it for why more women do not open up about their loss.

“The biological clock is real because egg production is limited. I realize that now because at 34 and 35, we had to do IVF.” she shared.  “I think it’s the worst thing that we do to each other as women, not share the truth about our bodies and how they work and how they don’t work.”

The former law firm attorney looks to want to inspire and encourage others because her struggles, they came out on top and with two beautiful children to boot.

“Too many young couples who struggle…think there is something wrong with them,” she added during the interview, saying she wants them to realize people like her and her husband, who are considered couple goals have dealt with it.

It’s great that she is using this opportunity to commiserate with those who have lost and struggled with infertility.

Watch bits of the interview here and she talks about miscarriage about 1:08

Rapper Remy Ma’s Hubby Is The Most Excited Expecting Celeb Dad Around

Rapper Remy Ma‘s husband Shamele “Papoose” Mackie could possibly be the most excited expecting celeb dad around by the looks of his social media posts about having his first child with his wife. The Love and Hip Hop star announced in July this year that she is expecting and the baby is due in December.

The “Melanin Magic” performer posted recently about giving her spouse a hard time about his ecstatic joy, meanwhile he jokes about her posing for photos in social media in a way to shield her bump.

In an adorable video, Remy Ma(real name: Reminisce Smith) performer shared on Instagram, she said that even though he was giving her grief, she felt elated to see her husband so excited about her pregnancy. This is true especially given the couple suffered a miscarriage (or maybe more) before undergoing  IVF treatment to get pregnant successfully.

“I give him a hard time because if I don’t he will OD more than he already does🤦🏽‍♀️buttttttt in all actuality, there’s no better feeling than your husband being this excited about your pregnancy,” she captioned the vid. ” We love you Daddy @papoosepapoose 💋-from RemyMom & “The Golden Child”

Watch the video above to see her bump! 

Fans ate up the endearing interaction

“If my man don’t act like this when I get pregnant, then I don’t want him,” one wrote, while another sweetly added, “Congratulations! Y’all love each other so much! I just love it!”

The couple announced the news of the pregnancy during a garden vow renewal ceremony.

“Oh yea…and then this happened,” Remy captioned her post, discussing her weight loss and road to motherhood. “I’ve been eating right, working out, and preparing for this for almost a year. We are so happy; thank you to everyone that prayed for us and sent blessings our way.”

Nice!

Maria Menounos is Ready for Baby After Brain Tumor Surgery, Surprise TV Wedding

Maria Menounous recovered for a life-threatening brain tumor to marry her longtime beau Kevin Undergaro in a surprise wedding Live on air during the FOX Network New Year’s Eve bash and now the TV host and former reality TV star says they are ready for baby.

Menounous and Undergaro, a TV programming director and producer, started the IVF process right before Maria discovered she had a brain tumor. It was removed in July 2017 and now, while in recovery, the couple is ready to return to the process of starting a family.

“I need to work with to see if getting pregnant is the smartest thing,”  she told PEOPLE magazine. “I do have some kids in the freezer, maybe we’ll implant. But if not, we’ll look into surrogacy.”

Menounos goes on to add, “I really believe that God has a plan. If I’m supposed to have a baby, it’s going to happen. If not, maybe God is protecting me from this tumor growing.”

Undergaro is concerned for his wife’s health as well.

“We definitely want children, but I’m very concerned about her going through a pregnancy, and I would like to explore using a surrogate because her body has been through hell,” he said. “I want a baby desperately, but I don’t want it to be at the risk of her health.”

Maria is keeping her work schedule light, only doing special projects. The couple is going to start exploring their options this month.

h/t Celebrity Baby Scoop

More! More! Actress Jaime Pressly is Expecting Twin Boys!

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Once upon a time, adopting a foreign baby of color from overseas was the celebrity trend.

These days it looks as if all of them are giving birth to twins.

Today, My Name is Earl alum Jaime Pressly announced that she is expecting twin boys with her boyfriend Hamzi Hijazi and without undergoing IVF treatment or anything, she said.

The Moms star said she had almost given up on her dreams of having three children (she is mom to 10-year old son Dezi James with ex Eric Cubiche), given her age (she is 39) and all.

“I’ve always wanted three kids and the older I’m getting, I’m like, ‘Okay, maybe just one more would be nice,’” she told PEOPLE magazine. “I was getting a little sad, but it was like, ‘We’ll give you two in one. You don’t have to do another pregnancy.’”

It was unexpected but obviously welcome surprise especially given that she had been trying to get pregnant for some time, and she assumed she’d never have time to have three children.

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“Twins don’t run on either side of our families so we were completely shocked,” she told People. “This wasn’t IVF or anything like that. It was just a shock, and I’m like, ‘Doctor, that’s impossible!’”

Pressly said her son is most excited because he has been asking for a sibling since he was in Kindergarten.

“He’s very patient and sweet and gentle and is going to be the best little babysitter ever,” Pressly added. “He’s constantly kissing my belly.”

Although the mom has been through pregnancy before, she believes this pregnancy is going to be “completely different.”

This week, Amal and George Clooney welcomed a pair of boy and girl twins, Ella and Alexander and Beyonce and Jay Z are expecting their twin arrivals soon as well.

h/t Refinery29

Study: Close to 30% of Women Who’ve Had IVF Conceive Naturally Later

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Women who have IVF/ICSI infertility treatments have a 29% chance of conceiving naturally within six years of the cessation of treatments. These are the findings of an Internet survey conducted by a group of gynaecologists presented in the journal Human Fertility.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence estimates that one in seven couples in the United Kingdom are affected by infertility, with so-called ‘assisted reproductive technologies’ (ARTs) such as IVF and ICSI being widely employed. These treatments are emotionally and financially demanding, and not all couples will achieve a baby through these methods.

Research into conception rates after these treatments – whether successful or unsuccessful – has been limited, but the authors hope that their findings will be useful for counselling and reassuring women about their chances of natural conception after infertility treatment.

The researchers contacted users of an independent fertility website asking members who had received IVF/ICSI treatments to participate in their anonymous survey. From the 403 applicable responses (from a total of 484 responses), they found that of the 96 respondents who did not conceive through the course of the treatments, 34 subsequently conceived, leading to 30 live births. Of the 307 who conceived during the treatments, 84 also conceived post-treatment.

Lead author Samuel Marcus said “regardless of the outcome of IVF and ICSI treatments – whether the patients conceived or not – there is about a 30% likelihood of conceiving over a 6 year period.”

The authors do acknowledge some limitations in their paper, specifically that it relied on self-reporting, and that a selection bias may have been caused by pregnant couples being more willing to respond than disappointed couples.

In the study, the authors found that 87% of the spontaneous conceptions occurred within two years of finishing the infertility treatments, and over the six-year period following treatments 22% delivered a live baby. Whilst many couples may see treatments as IVF as a ‘last resort’ the researchers hope that their findings may offer hope to those in this unfortunate position.

Professor Allan Pacey, Editor in Chief of Human Fertility said “This is really useful information that doctors can use to counsel patients about their chances of pregnancy after undergoing assisted conception. It certainly suggests that there remains a reasonable chance of spontaneous pregnancy after IVF or ICSI has been attempted.”

Designers Dolce and Gabanna call IVF & surrogate babies ‘synthetic children’

Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, creators of Dolce & Gabbana are getting flak over comments they made about same-sex parents and babies conceived via artificial insemination.
In an interview with Italian magazine  Panorama, the duo, who are also gay and were once a couple, said they didn’t think gay couples should have children. 
“You are born to a mother and a father. Or at least that’s how it should be,” Dolce told the magazine. “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog.”
He continued, “you are born to a mother and a father. Or at least that’s how it should be.”

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 The top designer of high-priced high end clothing then went on, “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog.”
Gabbana was also quoted as saying, “We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one.”
Many couples, including same-sex and male -female ones, opt for conceiving a baby via non-traditional methods like intrauterine insemination, in which fertilized embryos are created in a lab from eggs and sperm and then implanted into a woman or surrogacy which requires sperm to be transferred into a woman using a catheter.
It’s a popular option for those who want to have kids with their own DNA.
Dolce &  Gabbana have released statements in response to the backlash. Read it here
Famous heteros who underwent IVF treatment include Céline DionJaime King and Mariah Carey


E! Online reminds us that Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss was conceived via IVF to a heterosexual couple, and is a “test tube” baby.
Elton John was the most outspoken celebrity to the remarks. He launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana.
“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic,'” John wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday. “And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children.”
The award-winning veteran performer remarked:
“Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions,” said the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana”
Other celebs including Sharon Stone and Ricky Martin, who is also gay and has a set of adopted twin children, spoke out in social media in support of John. 
John  married his partner David Furnish  in England in December 2014. The two are parents to 4-year old Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John and 1-year old Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, both born to a surrogate mothers. 
Following Gabanna’s Instagram reply  saying, “This is the real respect for a different opinion????”.  They’ve gotten supporters too who are using the hashtag #BoycottJohn. 
They’ve since released a formal statement in reply (mentioned above) saying it was not their intent to judge the choices of others.
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