Honesty about the struggle to conceive is the first step in ending the stigma.
Singer/songwriter John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen have been open in the past about their struggle to get pregnant. So was it any surprise that the candid couple took to social media to share the amazing news this week that “it’s finally happening”—they’re having a baby!
Nothing makes us happier than hearing that a woman’s dream of becoming a mama is finally coming true. And no matter your net worth or celebrity status, it’s not always easy for everyone to get pregnant.
John and Chrissy might be superstars, but their struggle to get pregnant is incredibly common: Infertility is a condition that affects 1.5 million women in the U.S. between the ages of 15-44. It’s a real issue, and often kept quiet. But thanks to influential couples like Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan, who recently spoke out about their long road to parenthood, others in the spotlight are also sharing their stories.
Teigen opened up about her pregnancy struggles on a recent episode of FABLife, sharing that she and husband would have had kids “five, six years ago if it happened.” Tyra Banks joined the conversation admitting that she too has been trying to conceive, after putting off having a baby in her 20’s and “it’s not so easy.” Actress Gabrielle Union has also recently spoken after her struggle to get pregnant with husband NBA star Dwayne Wade, telling the Today Show’s Hoda Kotb that she wants other women to know “you’re not alone.”
We applaud these brave women for sharing their stories publicly, and we’re hopeful that these extraordinary celebrities and ordinary couples alike will help end what Teigen called the “shame” that many feel about infertility.
And we celebrate Chrissy and John for sharing both their struggles and their joy. We are so happy for this dynamic duo. Congratulations!
John and I are so happy to announce that we are pregnant :) As many of you know, we've been trying to have a baby for a while now. It hasn't been easy, but we kept trying because we can't wait to bring our first child into the world and grow our family. We're so excited that it's finally happening. Thank you for all your love and well wishes. I look forward to all the belly touching! Xx
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