We always see the covers of tabloid magazines showing celebs sharing their joyous pregnancy news or a Hollywood couple sharing the first images of their newborn baby. These celebrities have shared such an intimate journey with their fans, and it's great to see our beloved stars become first-time parents.
However, whether famous or not, many women haven't had it so easy when it comes to trying to conceive. Talking about a woman's fertility issue has been a taboo in the past, but many celebs have been open about their own fertility struggles, and thankfully, they have shined a spotlight on this common issue so that women around the world don't feel alone.
Stars like Jordana Brewster, Amy Smart, and Sarah Jessica Parker all have used a surrogate to help in their process of trying to have more children. These stars have expressed how grateful they are that someone can carry their child for them when they cannot do so. It is sometimes hard to hear that one of our favorite stars has gone through such hardship to have a child, but some have found other ways to continue to try, whether it's gong through IVF treatments, using a surrogate, or even adopting. When it comes to wanting to start a family, these twenty celebrities listed below have experienced difficulties and hardships, but we are thankful that they have shared their stories with us.
20 Jordana Brewster And Andrew Form - Used A Gestational Surrogate To Carry Her Two Sons
The Fast & Furious star Jordana Brewster, opened up about using a gestational surrogate in an interview with Yahoo Parenting. The actress and her husband, Andrew Form, welcomed both of their sons, Julian and Rowan, via surrogate.
"I didn't really have a choice about being open, since it was obvious I wasn't pregnant. And for me it wasn't a choice, I needed to use a surrogate,"
Brewster explained. The actress even called the experience "the most intimate leap of faith and trust you can make" to Cosmopolitan for Latinas. Without the option to have a surrogate, Brewster said she would have never had any children and told Momtastic that she was "so grateful" for her surrogate.
19 Maria Menounos And Keven Undergaro - Had Rough Experience With IVF
Host and former WWE wrestler Maria Menounos has always been very vocal about her IVF treatments and wanting to start a family. She had a rough experience using IVF but hasn't had any luck with getting pregnant. Menounos revealed last year that she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor the size of a golf ball. Thankfully, she had a successful surgery but told People magazine that
she was "lucky" she wasn't pregnant when the tumor was discovered because her tumor would have grown faster.
She and her fiancé, who have been dating for the past 19 years, are still trying for a baby. Let's cross our fingers for this couple.
18 Emma Thompson And Greg Wise - Adopted Child To Give Daughter Sibling
Actress Emma Thompson and her husband, Greg Wise, were trying to have another baby so that their daughter, Gaia, would have a sibling. However, after a very lengthy and unsuccessful round with in-vitro fertilization, Thompson struggled with depression. "After that, we tried to have another child, it didn't work, and I went into a deep clinical depression," the actress said, adding,
"It's only now that I no longer count other people's children or judge myself harshly for not providing my daughter with a sibling."
However, the couple did adopt a 16-year-old named Tindyebwa Agaba and saved him from a life of a child soldier in war-torn Rwanda. The adoption helped the actress through her struggles with having another child.
17 Elisabeth Rohm And Ron Anthony - Used IVF To Conceive Daughter
Actress Elisabeth Rohm used IVF to conceive her daughter, Easton, with her husband, Ron Anthony, and shared her personal experience in a blog for People. The Law & Order star wrote how "devastating" it was that she "simply can't do it the natural way and your body can't function as you believed." Elisabeth wrote about her frustrations and sadness for not being able to deliver a baby on her own but
was very grateful that she, unlike other women who have attempted IVF, only had to attempt it twice.
"Many women have to go through the process plenty more times than that," she wrote, adding, "Especially if they want more than one child. It's hard on your body and your mind. I am profoundly blessed that the result of all the manipulation in my body was my healthy and vibrant daughter, Easton."
16 Amy Smart And Carter Oosterhouse - Revealed She Used A Surrogate One Month After Her Daughter Was Born
Amy Smart welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Flora with husband Carter Oosterhouse on December 26, 2015. But, one month after she was born, the actress revealed on an Instagram post that she used a surrogate after years of struggling to have a baby. "One month ago today, Dec. 26th, our amazing beautiful daughter came into this world. Feeling so grateful to have her in my arms ... after years of fertility struggles I give thanks today to our kind, loving surrogate for carrying her," Smart posted with a beautiful photo of her and Flora.
15 Angela Bassett And Courtney B. Vance - Used A Surrogate After It Was Recommended By A Close Friend
American Horror Story star Angela Bassett and her husband, Courtney B. Vance, discussed on The Oprah Show their decision to use a surrogate after going through seven years of failed fertility treatments, including IVF. She told Oprah,
"I was devastated when it didn't happen [again and again]. I had to remain hopeful and resilient and, 'Okay, let's do this again.'"
After one of Bassett's friends told her she was using a surrogate, it was a turning point for the actress and her husband. Using a surrogate was the answer for Bassett and she and her husband welcomed twins born January 28, 2006 named Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah.
14 Kate Walsh - Actress Went Through Early Menopause
Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh revealed that she went through early menopause, which meant she couldn't have a baby. Talking to Maria Menounos on her radio show in 2015, Walsh said, "I don't have children. I'm not going to have kids. I went through early menopause. That happened." Walsh explained that after her older sister went through it, she told Walsh to go see her doctor and get checked. She stated,
"And I'm like, 'You're scaring me.' And then, yeah, sure enough, I went and they were like, 'You have one egg' ... It was bleak.'"
Back in 2011, following her divorce from Alex Young, the actress opened up about wanting children. "I feel like a loser [for not having kids]. I would definitely love to be a parent. But I definitely don't think I want to do it on my own," she previously said.
13 Giuliana Rancic And Bill Rancic - Medicine Did Not Allow Her To Carry A Baby
TV host Giuliana Rancic and her husband, Bill Rancic, openly discussed her inability to conceive, which they shared, on their reality show. Not only did the couple talk about their struggle to have a baby, but they also shared with their fans Giuliana's miscarriage and breast cancer diagnosis. Because Rancic's cancer medicine did not allow her to carry her own embryos,
the couple used a surrogate and welcomed a baby boy they named Duke in 2012.
The couple was hoping to have a second child. However, they revealed that their surrogate had unfortunately had a miscarriage. Giuliana expressed how "painful" the situation was.
12 Jimmy Fallon And Nancy Juvonen - Struggled With Fertility For Five Years
Comedian and late night television host Jimmy Fallon and his wife, Nancy Juvonen, have two daughters named Winnie and Frances, both born via surrogate. He revealed that he and his wife struggled with fertility for five years before deciding to use a surrogate. "I know people have tried much longer [than we have], but if there's anyone out there who is trying and they're just losing hope ... just hang in there," Fallon said, adding, "Try every avenue; try anything you can do, 'cause you'll get there. You'll end up with a family, and it's so worth it. It is the most 'worth it' thing."
11 Trista Sutter And Ryan Sutter - Lost Faith After Infertility Struggles
Trista and Ryan Sutter are probably the most successful stars from The Bachelorette, keeping their love strong since 2003. However, the show's alum shared how she struggled with infertility for two years, which made her lose faith and even tested her relationship with Ryan. "I always wanted to be a mom," she told People, adding,
"It was always my dream, and although I wanted to be a career person for a very long time, overplaying that at all times was to become a mother."
Trista wrote about that dark time in her life in her book, Happily Ever After: The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart. However, Trista and Ryan's struggle eventually ended when the couple welcomed son Max in 2007 and, two years later, welcomed a daughter named Blakesley.
10 Sarah Jessica Parker And Matthew Broderick - Couple Used Surrogate After Facing Disappointment
Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband, Matthew Broderick, welcomed their son, James, in 2002. However, the Sex and the City star wanted siblings for her son but faced difficulties conceiving. Like many celebs, she and her husband decided to use a surrogate. "We've been trying to expand our family for a number of years and we actually have explored a variety of ways of doing so," she told Access Hollywood, adding,
"This was one of the things we discussed with seriousness that had real possibilities for us."
When she was asked if she faced disappointment in not being able to get pregnant, she said, "Yeah, I mean I couldn't pretend otherwise ... It would be odd to have made this choice if I was able to, you know, have successful pregnancies since my son's birth." The couple welcomed twin girls via surrogate named Marion and Tabitha in 2009.
9 Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban - Used Gestational Carrier After Desperately Wanting Second Child
When actress Nicole Kidman was married to Tom Cruise, the couple adopted a son named Connor and a daughter named Isabella. After splitting with Cruise, Kidman married country star Keith Urban, and the two welcomed daughter Sunday Rose at the age of forty-one. However,
Kidman faced hardships when trying to conceive a second child with Urban
and talked about her difficulties to Australia's 60 Minutes. "Anyone who's been in the place of wanting another child or wanting a child knows the disappointment, the pain, and the loss that you go through trying. We were in a place of desperately wanting another child," she said. The couple decided to use a gestational carrier and welcomed their second daughter, Faith Margaret, on December 28, 2010.
8 Elizabeth Banks And Max Handelman - Told Fans She Had A 'Broken Belly'
Actress Elizabeth Banks took to her blog after the birth of her son, Felix, in 2011 to not only introduce her fans to the new edition to her family, but to tell them that she welcomed Felix via gestational surrogacy. She wrote: "The one true hurdle I've faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy: we make a 'baby cake' and bake it in another woman's 'oven.'" She also told Lucky magazine in an interview,
"It was a womb issue for me. Embryos wouldn't implant."
A year later, in 2012, the actress and her husband, Max Handelman, welcomed a second son named Magnus via gestational surrogate as well.
7 Hugh Jackman And Deborra-Lee Furness - Actor And Wife Adopt After Struggling To Have Children
The Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-lee Furness, have been married for 22 years but had been unsuccessful trying to conceive children the old-fashioned way.
So, the couple decided to adopt two children,
Oscar and Ava, after his wife suffered a couple of miscarriages and struggled with IVF. "Until you go through it, you realize [infertility is] not talked about a lot ... Deb and I always wanted to adopt, so that was always our plan. We didn't know where in the process that would happen but biologically, obviously, we tried, and it was not happening for us. And it [was] a difficult time," Jackman said.
6 Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade - Actress Revealed She Had Eight Or Nine Miscarriages
Actress Gabrielle Union revealed that she had eight or nine miscarriages in her book, We're Going To Need More Wine, and opened up about enduring three years of failed IVF cycles. However, her husband, Dwyane Wade, has continued to be supportive of his wife, and Union wrote that she and the basketball star
"remain bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we've both dreamed of."
Union also mentioned that she still has a lot of "hope" that one day she will be a mother. And after taking care of Wade's three sons from a previous marriage, Union fell in love with being a mother even though she mentioned in the past that she "never wanted kids."
5 Loni Love - Miscarriage Made Comedian Never Want To Have Children
Comedian Loni Love made a heartbreaking decision to never try and have kids after confessing to be pregnant once but tragically losing the baby. During an episode of The Real, Love admitted that it took her some time to fully embrace being pregnant, but after eight weeks, she sadly miscarried. On the show, Love revealed that the experience was so devastating that she never wants to have children.
"I just never wanted that felling again, because I was always afraid,"
she said, adding, "I had so much love for that baby. That's why I don't take it lightly. After that, I made sure that I would never get pregnant again, because I didn't want to have to go through that. I felt like it was a person that I was letting down."
4 Celine Dion And Rene Angelil - Dion Welcomed Twins After Sixth IVF Treatment
Celine Dion decided to use in-vitro fertilization after two years of failed attempts to have children on her own. Her first son, named Rene-Charles, was born in January of 2001. Growing up with thirteen siblings, Dion wanted her son to have that experience too, and after a sixth treatment of in-vitro fertilization, Dion announced that she was pregnant with twins and gave birth to them on October 23, 2010. Talking about her fertility struggles, she said, "With any pregnancy, whether it's through IVF or not, you feel a danger. You have to remain positive and try to relax as much as possible."
3 Jaime King And Kyle Newman - Kept Her Struggles To Conceive Hidden
Jaime King and her husband, Kyle Newman, had a very difficult time trying to get pregnant. The actress opened up about her struggles with her Instagram followers not long after welcoming her son, James Knight, to the world. She wrote: "This is the truth about conceiving my son and struggles after 8 yrs of pain and undiagnosed PCOS & Endometriosis. 9 doctors until Dr. Randy Harris diagnosed me & saved my life from a severe ectopic, 5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF, 26 IUI's, most with no outcome, 4 1/2 years of trying to conceive, 26 hours of brutal labor, early delivery b/c of sudden preeclampsia." King and her husband would later welcome another son named Leo in 2015.
2 Courteney Cox And David Arquette - Had Difficulties Maintaining Pregnancies
even though getting pregnant was a "breeze" for the actress.
She stated, "I could get pregnant, but not maintain the pregnancies." After her miscarriages, the former couple decided to do in vitro, and Cox finally got pregnant and gave birth to daughter Coco. The actress even recalled a difficult time when she was doing a taping of Friends. "I remember one time I just had a miscarriage, and Rachel [Jennifer Aniston's character] was giving birth ... Oh my God, it was terrible to be funny."
1 Tyra Banks And Erik Asla - Regretted Not Having Kids When She Turned 40
"When I turned 40, the one thing I was not happy about is that I did not have kids".
With the IVF treatments she had undergone, she said, "I've had some not-happy moments with that, very traumatic moments. It's difficult, as you get older. It's not something that can just happen." The couple did finally welcome a son named York via surrogate in January of 2016, but it has been reported that the two called it quits last year after five years of dating.