Anyone who keeps up with pregnancy news will notice that more forty-something year-old women are giving birth to healthy babies. This is especially true in Hollywood, but most celebrity moms refuse to talk about their challenges. Recently, Nicole Kidman revealed her fertility struggles after giving birth to daughter Faith with the help of a gestational carrier.
Unfortunately, many women are led to believe that conceiving naturally after 40 is simple. In reality, most women find it close to impossible to have babies without the help of science once the biological clock starts ticking. In fact, the number of women who can get pregnant naturally is less that one percent. Generally, women at 45 are infertile and will need to invest in reproductive technology to conceive successfully
Even when In Vitro Fertilization is done, which allows women to use their own eggs, it is difficult for women to reach the next term. The common way of getting pregnant and reducing the chances of a miscarriage is to try the egg donor route. Many women who want to have kids after 40 or 50 with donor eggs feel the stigma, but it is one of the most effective methods.
Whether Nicole Kidman used donor eggs or not is still unclear, but most people believe she did. The only celebrity who has openly talked about her donor egg experience is Marcia Cross, who had twins at 44. Women don’t need celebrity confirmation, but seeing Hollywood moms talk about their struggles helps show women that getting pregnant successfully after 40 is not always possible nor is it simple. The biological clock still continues to tick for most.