E! host Giuliana Rancic and her husband Apprentice winner Bill Rancic have unsuccessfully been trying to get pregnant for a year. Giuliana has since been speaking out about infertility, in vitro fertilization and the truth about age and weight. As a public figure, she’s hoping to help women in similar positions and give a wake up call for women 10 years younger than 35 who plan on waiting to have a baby for years. (Click here to read the latest on Giuliana and Bill’s efforts to have a baby).
Giuliana and Bill Rancic started off quiet about their difficulties while trying to have a baby for about a year. Behind the cameras of their reality TV show, the couple decided, “Let’s be real,” and went public on their pregnancy struggles and how they turned to alternative methods such as intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization. Giuliana advocates that infertility shouldn’t be taboo or shameful. She also targets the misconception of Hollywood mothers and how celebrities claim to have gotten pregnant the old fashioned way. As someone who professionally interviews celebrities, she’s felt “duped” being lead to believe that these high profile women didn’t need medical help when conceiving. Thus Giuliana has been speaking out honestly to the media, on her reality TV show, and on The View about her infertility, IVF and how waiting until you’re older negatively affects pregnancy.
The star couple’s visit to The View this week continued the discussion about their alternative methods, fueling Giuliana’s campaign on the truths of infertility. The conversation turned heated when Giuliana explained that her doctor recommended gaining weight to increase her chances of having a baby. Barbara Walter was quick to ask, “Well, did you gain the weight?”
Giuliana responded, “He said 5-10 pounds, which I know it’s a big deal, and if you want to have a baby you should do whatever it takes. But I had to bite that bullet because you have to understand something, I work out every day of my life. I love feeling good and waking up and working out.” She further stated that she has indeed gained 5 lbs and to her defense, Bill said, “We’re working on more. We’re working on more.”
Whoopi came back at Giuliana saying that there are not but’s. You have to do everything you can for that baby and you need to prepare. Whoopi continued her lecture that if this is what you want, then you have make that decision. Giuliana retorted that she’s just like everyone else with insecurities who is also trying to overcome her struggle with her lifestyle, career and family.
The couple also discussed how “it’s all age.” Bill said, “Interesting statistic. When you’re 35 years of age or older. To conceive naturally you have about a 5-7% chance on a monthly basis.” Giuliana adds, “Which is unbelievable.”
AOL Health asked, ”What would you say to the 30-year-old woman who is thinking, ‘I’m going to go ahead with my career and think about having babies later?’”
Giuliana replied, “I was that girl. [Now], I would say go to the doctor and get a blood test called FSH — follicle-stimulating hormone. [Doctors] test your FSH level and can see if you’re going to have a hard time getting pregnant or not. If you monitor it every year and you see it changing, then at least you don’t feel like you got blindsided. At least you can prepare. And if you start seeing a change maybe you can freeze your eggs. At least you have options.
My thing was, I knew nothing about any of this. I thought I was still so young. We did IUI and that didn’t work. We did more tests, and [the doctors] said, ‘You’re 35, and your eggs are old.’ And I’m like, what? I was so shocked, and I said to myself, ‘Had I known it was going to be so hard to get pregnant maybe I would have frozen my eggs at like 30 or 28.’”
Food for thought. As a mid-twenties gal who always disdainfully says I never want kids, until I’m at least 35, is wondering if pregnancy is something to seriously and actively keep in mind like skin and breast cancer and heart disease. Although I imagine gaining weight won’t be a problem.
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