Singer Carrie Underwood has opened up the floodgates of social media with a (seemingly innocent) comment in a recent interview with Redbook magazine over her fertility. When asked about expanding her family, Underwood replied, “I’m 35, so we may have missed our chance to have a big family.” She also said, “We always talk about adoption and about doing it when our child or children are a little older.”
Realistically, celebrities are under no obligation to tell their fans every last detail of their personal lives. But it is refreshing when celebs talk honestly about issues that affect everyone – even the rich and famous. Infertility doesn’t discriminate. 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy (2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, CDC). The problem is when photos of these highly admired celebs with their “miracle baby” are published without a single mention of just how they were able to get pregnant in (medically speaking) their geriatric fertility years. Unfortunately, many individuals would not be able to afford the same fertility treatments needed for their own miracle baby. By not being open and honest, celebrities risk luring their fans into a false sense of “if she can do it without intervention, so can I” and potentially causing these women to miss their natural fertility window.
But let’s be honest, Underwood didn’t say that women can’t have kids after 35, she just said that she may have missed her chance to have a big family. Honesty. It’s refreshing, isn’t it?
Though many people posted on social media that 35 isn’t too old and she could have a big family if she wanted to saying the “only thing stopping you is your decision”; others jumped in to defend her statement as accurate, “Carrie Underwood is right. Once you turn 35 your pregnancy is considered high risk. The odds of complications for both the baby and mother are higher,”
Shortly afterward, the country superstar posted on Instagram that she and her husband Mike Fisher are expecting a baby. In the video, the camera pans back to reveal balloons spelling out “BABY” above her head. “Mike and Isaiah and I are absolutely over the moon and excited to be adding another little fish to our pond.” Isaiah is the couples’ 3 year old son.
Our best wishes go out to the happy family; but also our thanks.
Fertility and aging is evidently a heated subject. So when a celebrity can bring awareness to an important health topic and get people thinking about the facts and how it relates to everyday folks, THAT is the real miracle, baby!