E!’s Giuliana Rancic Battles Infertility, Age and Being Underweight

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).

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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.

Catch Giuliana & Bill’s new season on The Style Network, Sundays at 9/8c and on E!, Sundays at 10:30/9:30c.

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7 Comments

  1. Erika says:

    I feel really bad for this couple–they seem like nice people. But this focus on AGE, AGE, AGE is crazy. I know plenty of ‘normal’ people who get pregnant at later ages and it wasn’t because they put off having babies because of a careeer. It was circumstances. And many got pregnant on the first try and they were older than Giuliana. I think when you’re frustrated with something it’s so easy to blame it on something. The fact of the matter is, we don’t know her medical history. If she’ not ovulating, that ALONE could cause a problem conceiving and my guess is she would have had the same problem at 36. She is also too skinny and she has a very stressful lifestyle. A long distance relationship, traveling to see her husband and a demanding career are also working against her. I do not buy the argument it’s all about age. I know women 26-28 who had the same problem and it was due to other circumstances.

  2. Anon says:

    I agree with the above post on one matter: Age isn’t always the reason for infertility although an FSH test is a good indicator of ovarian reserve. Ovarian reserve is reliant on age, in part. I have had trouble conceiving since the age of 25. I am now 30. I. Have undergone IUI and IVF cycles. I produce “normal” eggs (normal when biopsied using comprehensive chromosomal screening) and my spouse is able to fertilize those eggs. In my situation, the embryos simply don’t implant in my uterus. I have to note that both my spouse and I are healthy otherwise and I am of a healthy weight with a great body
    fat composition. In summary, while age may not be a factor for some women, it can absolutely be a reason (even the single reason) a woman cannot coneive (FSH test). Every woman is different.

  3. Folake says:

    I completely agree with the two of you. And i really feel for Guilana and Bill because i have been there too. I got married at the age of 29. After two years of trying to conceive naturally, i was diagnosed with unexplained infertility. My husband and I are healthy people but we couldn’t just conceive naturally. We had to opt for fertility treatments. Clomid did not work, I had a failed IUI and finally we opted for IVF.

    With IVF, we conceived twins and today i have a healthy son and daughter who are almost two. Our babies came after six years of trying!! So Guilana and Bill keep doing what doing and i know you will come out smiling in the end.

    Age and weight aren’t really the only factors that keep one from conceiving. So i wish you all the best.

  4. anonymous says:

    If in vitro fails, if you can even afford that, there’s always adoption.

  5. Genetics says:

    I’m sorry to hear that you’re struggling. I was shocked to hear that the average age for a first time mother in San Francisco, according to a large San Francisco Hospital, is 37! Doesn’t that tell you that many people are putting it off. It could be the expense in an expensive area, or their committment to their careers. I studied genetics and know that age 35 is kind of a cutoff point. After that age the risk of problems such as Down’s syndrome increase significantly. Your suggestion that you wish you had frozen your eggs, might be a good suggestion for others. Thank you for mentioning your thoughts on this. Hopefully you may help others.

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