Pregnancy is more than just a baby bump. For many moms, it feels and looks very little than what they would expect. It is common for women to experience both the pros and cons of pregnancy, but thankfully moms everywhere, including celebrity ones, are opening up about every aspect of pregnancy.
We all hear of morning sickness, but contrary to its name, it is often times worse than a little tummy trouble at 9 a.m. We remark on mom's body and bump size and how big or small it is. But we often times may miss that they are underlying things going on that are far more important than that. Mom may have swelling because her blood pressure skyrocketed. Her concerns are most likely on her baby's safety as well as her own. Nobody talks about the bigger picture, the health problems, or how intense it can be.
Lately, celebrity moms have been more open about their struggles with everything from infertility to complications with delivery. Moms everywhere are so thankful to know that these problems affect everyone. No matter how much money we have or how good of shape we are in, things go wrong sometimes that are totally out of our control.
20 Serena Williams Opens Up About Her Battle With Postpartum
Serena Williams had what has been referred to as an easy pregnancy. It's the delivery part that was especially terrifying. Williams has a history of blood clots according to Vogue.com. Her daughter was delivered via C-section after some scary heart rate drops for the baby girl. Just a day after delivery, Williams ended up with several blood clots in her lungs. The clots caused Williams to have several coughing fits which caused her to rip open her fresh C-section wound.
Any C-section mom knows how awful it is to cough for the first few days and heck even weeks after delivery. We cannot imagine how painful or scary that was for the tennis star who ended up on bed rest for almost six weeks postpartum.
19 When Chrissy Teigen 'Selected' Her Baby's Gender
Chrissy Teigen is known for her honesty and openness when it comes to sharing intimate details with the world. Her fertility challenges and journey were no exception. The mom of two had revealed that she knew the gender of her last embryo before she announced her pregnancy with son, Miles.
According to Vogue.com, Teigen and her husband, John Legend, picked the gender of their embryos as they screened them for genetic issues. It's a part of the process generally as chromosomes are used to determine gender and can give doctors and parents a great deal of important information about the baby.
Despite her good efforts, Teigen was still slammed by many on social media who were ignorant to the IVF process and believed she was simply selecting her child's gender. Teigen has been advocating for moms who struggle with infertility for a while now using her own social media and sharing her experiences.
18 Kim Kardashian's High Risk Pregnancies
Both of Kim Kardashian's pregnancies were riddled with complications and medical problems that would make anyone more than uncomfortable. The mom of three shared her struggles on her own website KimKardashianWest.com back when she was pregnant with Saint and let us know just how high risk her pregnancies really were.
West's first child, North, was delivered at just 34 weeks she wrote because of early onset preeclampsia. The reality star had high blood pressure and a swollen face as a result of the condition. She then dealt with placenta accreta, a condition in which her placenta did not detach from the uterine wall according to MayoClinic.org
17 Mariah Carey's Tricky Twin Pregnancy
When Mariah Carey had her twins, her pregnancy was anything but easy. According to Parents.com, Carey not only had gestational diabetes but also preeclampsia which caused her to delivered at 38 weeks. The singer's pregnancy certainly posed many challenges because a twin pregnancy alone can be pretty grueling for an expecting mother.
Though twins do generally come earlier, Carey's c-section was due to her high blood pressure according to Parents.com. C-sections can come with complications of their own also. Carey's pregnancy and delivery certainly gave the singer a run for her money. Carey isn't alone in her struggles though as many moms go through similar complications.
16 Tori Spelling's Four Months Of Bed Rest
Tori Spelling, who is now a mom of five, had complications during her fourth pregnancy. Some would even wonder why she went on to try to have a fifth, but we are all glad that she did so safely. During Spelling's fourth pregnancy, she told US Magazine that she dealt with placenta previa. The condition happens when the placenta covers the cervix. It can cause severe bleeding and risks of hemorrhaging.
According to Eonline.com, Spelling's condition was partially related to the fact that she had given birth about a month before getting pregnant with her fourth child and had had three prior C-sections. Spelling ended up being hospitalized and being on bed rest for four months.
15 Adriana Lima Delivers Early
Victoria's Secret model, Adriana Lima, had a pretty complicated pregnancy due to preeclampsia. According to Parents.com, the model's condition required two weeks of bedrest to try to help maintain and lower her blood pressure. Lima ended up delivering her daughter six weeks early at just 34 weeks via C-section.
The condition of pre-eclampsia is scary for mothers because it puts both mom and baby's lives in danger. It cthe an impair baby's liver and kidneys as well as disrupt the blood flow to the placenta. Delivering at 34 weeks was likely best for both Lima and her daughter yet the early delivery could have with complications of its own.
14 Salma Hayek Gets Pregnant At 40
Salma Hayek faced some pregnancy complications including being told her daughter would have down syndrome according to Parents.com. Hayek was pregnant at 40 years old which is a challenge in itself. The actress was also told that her daughter would have down syndrome which ended up not being true when the baby was born perfectly healthy back in 2008.
If that wasn't enough, Hayek also had gestational diabetes. The movie star struggled with the condition that required her to control her sugar levels and claims she put on a lot of weight. According to FitPregnancy.com Hayek is not alone as about 6 to 8% of expecting mothers are diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
13 Gwen Stefani - Baby #3 Wasn't Easy
Gwen Stefani shares three children with her ex husband, Gavin Rossdale, but it almost was only two children. According to Parents.com, Stefani tried to get pregnant with a third child in 2010. It just wasn't happening for the singer though who relented that it must be for the best. A few years later in 2014 the couple got pregnant and welcomed their third son together, Apollo.
Stefani is certainly not alone in her struggles to get pregnant. According to the CDC, about 12 percent of women struggle to conceive and stay pregnant. Though it may be admirable that Stefani accepted it just wasn't the right time, that is not the case for everyone. It it still nice for the artist to be open about her family and fertility struggles because it happens to more people than we realize, especially when we are the ones trying to conceive.
12 Giuliana Rancic - Three Rounds Later
Back in 2012, Rancic and her husband welcomed their son via surrogate. Nothing about Rancic's journey to become a mother has been easy. She struggled with issues of infertility, failed IVF, miscarriages, and even a cancer diagnosis according to People.com.
Rancic went through three rounds of IVF, which is not exactly a fun process. One round was miscarried, and the other one did not take. Before the third round, she was diagnosed with cancer. Her cancer caused for a double mastectomy and medications that would not allow her to carry her third embryo.
Rancic and her hsuband, Bill, surely went through a lot when trying to start their family. Their struggles were rather public as Giuliana is known for hosting shows on E such as Fashion Police and E News.
11 Jana Kramer Speaks Freely
The country singer and actress has been incredibly open about some not so pretty parts of her life ranging from her husband's infidelity to their struggles with infertility. Today Kramer is pregnant with her second child, a boy, due in November. According to People.com, it took Kramer and her husband five losses before their current pregnancy. Two of those losses were chemical pregnancies while the other three ended in miscarriage.
The singer has tried both IVF and conceiving the natural way. Kramer had a chemical pregnancy after a round of IVF before becoming pregnant with Jolie naturally. The same thing happened with Kramer's current pregnancy as well. The actress has been extremely open about her challenges as she spoke about them on her vlog and podcast.
10 Nicole Kidman's Surrogacy
Nicole Kidman has four children. Two of them are adopted, and two are her biological children. Kidman did not have an easy road to motherhood and suffered miscarriages as well as an ectopic pregnancy according to DailyMail.co.uk. Kidman also had failed fertility treatments.
Kidman is in the same boat as many women who struggle to conceive. After trying what feels like everything, there are plenty of women who are still unable to get and stay pregnant. A surrogate was used to carry Kidman and Keith Urban's youngest daughter as Kidman was unable to. Kidman is lucky enough to have access to a surrogate to help make her family complete.
9 Geena Davis - Not Once But Twice
Geena Davis, who played fetal surgeon Dr. Nicole Herman on Grey's Anatomy, has some experience with pregnancy struggles herself. Davis gave birth back in 2002 at 46 according to Popsugar.com. Then Davis tried her hand at pregnancy again and gave birth to twins at age 48. We all know that pregnancy after 40 has been pretty taboo especially back in the early 2000's. Davis did it not once but twice.
According to Parents.com, after 40 women have about a 5% chance of conceiving each cycle. Those odds aren't great, and Davis did it twice. Pregnancy after 40 is becoming more popular though thanks to new medical advances and fertility treatments.
8 Halle Berry Defies The Odds
Halle Berry had quite the surprise at 47 years old when she found out she was pregnant. According to DailyMail.co.uk, Berry thought she couldn't even conceive due to her age. Berry even confessed that she felt like she was premenopausal which would obviously tank her fertility. A woman's chance of conceiving after 40 drops dramatically so the idea of accidentally getting pregnant at 47 would obviously be quite the shock.
Pregnancy after 40 is becoming a more popular trend, especially for celebrities. Berry's accidental pregnancy gives a lot of women who want to conceive hope for themselves. Sometimes things are just out of our control.
7 Pink Wanted A Home Birth
One hospital legend is that when we make a birth plan, it will most likely always go wrong. Pink dealt with this when she planned for an all natural birth but ended up with a c-section. The singer had planned to do an all natural home birth according to Redbookmag.com. Instead, Pink ended up with a baby who was frank breech, laboring for two days, and a c-section. That's obviously way off from what she planned.
A frank breech baby has his butt by the birth canal as opposed to his head. The legs are usually sticking straight up with the feet being by baby's head. That is not a fun or easy way to push a baby out.
6 Elsa Pataky's Baby Bump
Elsa Pataky, who is married to Chris Hemsworth, was called out while she was seven months pregnant with twins! Pataky proved that even pregnant women aren't off limits apparently when it comes to cruel words. Apparently the hosts of Fashion Police didn't think her belly bump looked right. It was "too big" or resembled a "beer belly" according to Parents.com.
Pregnancy can be a difficult time for many women as our bodies change completely out of our control. We get rude comments from strangers in the grocery store about being ready to pop or are we sure it's not twins. This happens to celebrities too and more often.
5 Priscilla Chan
Dr. Priscilla Chan had quite the rocky road to motherhood. According to People.com, Chan admitted that there are some pretty intense places when it comes to trying to start a family. We can all attest to that, and it is reassuring to know that we aren't alone in the darkness. Other people have been there too and make it out.
The couple welcomed their first child together in December of 2015. It was a long road though and took them several years. Chan also went through three miscarriages. Infertility and the darkness that often accompanies it does not discriminate. According to FitPregnancy.com, Chan wanted to share her story because she had dealt with loneliness in her struggles and wanted other women to know that they weren't alone in this.
4 Gwyneth Paltrow Tried For A Third
Gwyneth Paltrow shares two children with Chris Martin. According to the DailyMail.co.uk, Paltrow was pregnant with a third child. She had a miscarriage though and the complications from that were not easy.
Paltrow did not share much more about the situation and we can't honestly blame her. It's a tough subject to talk about. According to WebMD.com and the March of Dimes, about 15 to 25 percent of recognized pregnancies end in a miscarriage. Paltrow surely isn't alone and many moms have been more open about miscarriages in the past few years. It is obviously nothing to be ashamed of, but many women who go through this experience often feel alone in it.
3 Kelly Clarkson Had Morning Sickness All Day
Kelly Clarkson dealt with morning sickness or "all day" sickness as she called in on CBS This Morning according to Eonline.com. The singer was so sick that she had to get IVs and fluids as a result of dehydration. Clarkson is for sure not the only woman who dealt with severe sickness during pregnancy. She dealt with it during her first pregnancy as well as shared how the whole idea of glowing while pregnant is far from the truth. Amen!
Clarkson was open that her sickness didn't end by lunch time, like many of us are led to believe. Obviously puking isn't fun or glamorous to talk about, it is straight up gross. But it's real. It happens all the time to a lot of us.
2 Trista Sutter's Struggle With HELLP
Trista Sutter is known for being the first bachelorette. She also is a celebrity who has dealt with pregnancy complications including HELLP syndrome. According to AmericanPregnancy.com, HELLP syndrome is a variant of pre-eclampsia. It shares many of the same symptoms, but it also affects a woman's liver.
HELLP is often misdiagnosed as the symptoms are so similar to that of pre-eclampsia. It is a rather rare occurrence affecting about 0.2 to 0.6 percent of all pregnancies.
During Sutter's first pregnancy, she dealt with both HELLP syndrome and pre-eclampsia. As a result, Sutter had to deliver her baby via emergency c-section at just 36 weeks according to Parents.com. Her son spent 10 days in a NICU but is otherwise healthy.
1 Michelle Duggar's 19th Kid
Michelle Duggar, the mom behind 19 Kids and Counting, dealt with pre-eclampsia during her second and nineteenth pregnancies according to Parents.com. Duggar's 19th child, Josie, was delivered at 25 weeks as a result of her condition. Duggar recalled the times that she went through when she was told her daughter had to be delivered within 30 minutes to CBSNews.com.
Duggar dealt with pre-eclampsia once before this during her pregnancy with her twins twenty years prior. That delivery was only two weeks early though which is much less complicated. Her delivery at 25 weeks wasn't easy and babies born that early often face many more challenges.
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