Pregnancy is not at all easy. It tends to be the hardest thing a woman ever goes through in her entire life—and some women choose to do it more than once. But there is no greater reward than that of motherhood. The miracle of life is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, getting pregnant is not easy. Plus, it is becoming more and more common for couples to have fertility problems. Luckily, many celebrities have set an example and opened up about their fertility problems, normalizing the conversation for everyone else. It is something that needs to be talked about—something that women especially need to hear and understand.
Furthermore, some women have no problem getting pregnant, but choose to terminate their pregnancies before their baby is ever born. Often, the woman does not want to be tied down, she is not ready for children, she does not like the man who knocked her up, etc. The list goes on. Abortions are still a very controversial subject as well. Some argue that abortion is murder, while others argue that a woman’s body is her own. When it comes down to it, giving birth to a baby is the mother’s personal choice.
16 Abortion: Minaj’s Misfortune
In 2010, Nicki Minaj rose to the top as an iconic Trinidadian rapper. Female rappers really struggle in the rap and hip-hop world, but Minaj has been tough. Known for her crazy look and her bootylicious backside, Minaj’s career has been all over the place. As it turns out, her life has been, too.
When she was a teenager, Minaj chose to have an abortion. Of the event, Minaj thought she was going to die. She admits that it is the hardest thing she has ever done and that it will haunt her forever. Her song, “All Things Go” mentions her child with the lyrics, “My child with Aaron, would have been sixteen, any minute.” There is more than meets the eye to Miss Minaj’s life and repetitive rapping.
15 Can't Get Pregnant: Friends Star Struggles
Before she was ever Monica on Friends, Courteney Cox got her jumpstart by being featured in Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 music video for “Dancing in the Dark.” The more you know, right? From there, her career took off in every which way. Eventually, in 1994, she landed a role on the TV show Friends as Monica Geller, even though she auditioned for the role of Rachel Green.
Cox married actor David Arquette in 1999, and they had one daughter together named Coco. After the birth of her daughter, Cox suffered from post-partum depression. She also had very difficult pregnancies. Of the pregnancies, Cox has said she has no trouble getting pregnant, but struggles to actually have babies. She has had multiple miscarriages, but has kept her chin up. She and Arquette split in 2013.
14 Abortion: Vanessa Williams Is Fearless
Vanessa Williams is an actress, singer and fashion designer. She was the first African-American recipient of the Miss America title in 1984, but she stepped down when explicit pictures of her were leaked to Penthouse magazine. Williams had a rough childhood. She has type 1 diabetes and was molested by a woman when she was only 10 years old. When she was in high school, she had an abortion.
She felt she was not ready to have a child at that point. Williams has said that being pregnant is one of the scariest things that can happen in a woman’s life. But, as it turns out, Williams was fearless and later was the mother of four children. One would never think that she was pregnant five times, because for someone in her early fifties, she looks fabulous.
13 Can't Get Pregnant: Kimye’s #FertilityProbs
Kim Kardashian West comes from a dramatic family, better known as the Kardashian clan. She is probably the most famous member of the family, piquing the family’s fame with the release of her sex tape with boyfriend, Ray J. After a few short-lived marriages, Kim finally settled down with rapper and longtime friend, Kanye West, in 2014.
Their first child, North, was born a year before their wedding and two yearslater, Saint was born. However, there were many complications with Kardashian West’s pregnancies. During one of her deliveries, she suffered from preeclampsia, thus making any hopes of becoming pregnant again more difficult. Thus, Kardashian West and West hired a surrogate in order to expand their family. The baby is due around the end of 2017.
12 Abortion: No Anesthesia For Jemima Kirke
Jemima Kirke is an actress from London who grew up in New York City. She majored in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. Eventually, she turned to acting when her childhood friend, Lena Dunham, asked her to be in Tiny Furniture.
Eventually, Kirke landed a role on the hit show, Girls. But while she was in college, Kirke had an abortion. She felt that she did not want to be attached to her current boyfriend for the rest of her life. She also felt that her life was not at a good place to raise a child at that point. As it turns out, Kirke was able to pay for the abortion, but not the anesthesia. But, she went and did it anyway.
11 Can't Get Pregnant: Teigen’s Tumult
Chrissy Teigen is a model and co-hosts the popular TV show, Lip Sync Battle. She had some great successes as a model, but in many people’s opinion, her hilarious Twitter account is in her top crowning achievements.
She dated singer John Legend for four years before he proposed in 2011, and the couple was married in 2013. They appear to be a super down-to-earth couple. Both she and Legend openly talk about how they struggle with getting pregnant. They have visited many doctors.
In 2015, Teigen said that they would have had kids five years before if they could have. Luckily for them, in vitro fertilization worked. Teigen gave birth to her daughter, Luna Simone Stephens, in April of 2016. Teigen and Legend are now expecting their second child.
10 Abortion: Behind The Laughs Of Whoopi Goldberg
Known for her comedy and acting, a person would not know that Whoopi Goldberg had a hard background. Born Caryn Elaine Johnson in New York City, Goldberg dropped out of high school and started to pursue comedy.
During that time, she discovered she was pregnant. At 14, her period stopped coming, but she felt she had no one to tell. Goldberg was scared, as any 14-year-old feeling alone would be in that situation. She tried everything to lose the baby, including drinking strange potions and taking hot baths.
When those things did not work, she went to the park with a coat hanger. Three years later, she had her daughter, Alexandrea Martin. Martin made Goldberg a grandmother when Goldberg was only 34. After something like that, it is shocking that Goldberg is as upbeat as she is.
9 Can't Get Pregnant: Jaime King Gets Real
Jaime King is an actress and model, most recently known for her role on the TV show, Hart of Dixie. King revealed that not only does she have endometriosis, but also has PCOS that went undiagnosed for years. She wanted to let other women with conditions like hers to know that they are not alone.
King went through eight years of infertility and nine doctors before she was diagnosed with PCOS. From there, she had five miscarriages, five rounds of IVF, 26 IUIs, and four and a half more years of trying to get pregnant.
Eventually, she got there after 26 hours of labor for an early delivery caused by preeclampsia. After she went home, she returned to work after only six weeks off because she felt afraid of letting people down. Motherhood is hard work and a lot of sacrifices.
8 Abortion: Not So Gleeful For Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera is an up and coming actress and singer known for her diva role on the 2009 hit TV show, Glee. Rivera grew up in the Los Angeles area. Her younger brother is the tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars and her younger sister is a runway model. With siblings like that, Rivera must have felt the pressure to succeed in her career.
In 2010, just as Glee was becoming a hit show, Rivera terminated her pregnancy. She wanted to focus on her career after her recent split with her longtime boyfriend, Ryan Dorsey.
Of the event, Rivera says getting an abortion is scary, but it is something that needed to be talked about. In 2014, Rivera married Dorsey and the couple had a child in 2015. Unfortunately, the couple filed for divorce in 2017.
7 Can't Get Pregnant: The Fallons' Fate
James Thomas Fallon, famous by his name Jimmy Fallon, was born in New York City. He stepped into comedy early in life, impressing his family with his impressions. In college, he started out as a computer science major, but then switched to communications.
Unfortunately, he dropped out a semester early to pursue a career in comedy. He married film producer Nancy Juvonen in 2007. Fallon and his wife have tried to have children for years.
In 2013, Fallon said that they had tried lots of things to get pregnant. He also said the whole process of trying is just awful. He tells other couples not to give up hope and to try anything they can because a family is worth it. Fallon and his wife even had a surrogate and now have two beautiful daughters.
6 Abortion: What's Stevie's Song About?
Stephanie Lynn, better known as Stevie Nicks, is a legend—she is the Queen of Rock and Roll. She joined the iconic band Fleetwood Mac in 1975 with her then boyfriend, Lindsey Buckingham.
As the front woman of the band, there was a lot of pressure. The group was quickly rising to fame and won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1978. Around that same time, Nicks had an abortion.
She later said she regretted the procedure. Rumor has it that the 1979 song “Sara” is about her abortion and also that the baby’s father was her then boyfriend, singer Don Henley. Supposedly, Sara was the name of her unborn child, after her friend Sara Recor. In the past few years, Henley said he believed the rumors were true. In 2014, Nicks confirmed it.
5 Can't Get Pregnant: Brooke Shields—No Holding Back
Brooke Shields is a gorgeous woman, who has both a successful acting and modeling career. She rose to fame when she was only 12 years old for playing a child prostitute in the film, Pretty Baby. Shields has been married two times. From 1997 to 1999, she was married to the famous tennis player Andre Agassi.
After her divorce, she started dating Chris Henchy, and they were married in 2001. Shields has commented on how difficult it was for her to get pregnant. She said she began to feel like a failure every time she would take a pregnancy test and find that she was not pregnant. She also said that she felt so alone surrounded by so many pregnant friends and family members. Luckily for Shields, she eventually had two beautiful daughters with Henchy.
4 Abortion: Handler Handled It
Chelsea Handler has an awesome career, including roles as a comedienne, actress, writer, television host and producer. One would never know that this Jewish girl from New Jersey had humble beginnings working as a waitress. One would also never know that when she was only 16, Handler had not one, but two abortions.
Of the event, Handler said that her parents were super supportive. For one of the first times in her life, she felt truly parented. For a girl who was out and about late into the night, raising children at that age was not a good option. Handler said that she went with her parents to Planned Parenthood and was relieved when it was all over. She felt like she could get a handle on things and get her life back.
3 Can't Get Pregnant: Queen Bey’s Baby Issues
Beyoncé may bea Queen B, but glam did not come easy to her at all. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she was enrolled in many singing and dancing competitions when she was young. She was put into the group Destiny’s Child by her father with her sister and some friends.
Eventually, she aimed for a solo career and had great success. She began dating rapper Jay-Z, and they were married in 2008. The Queen suffered a miscarriage around 2011 or so. Of that time, she says hearing her baby’s heartbeat for the first time was so beautiful.
She and Jay-Z started making plans and picking names; however, one of the next times they went in for a checkup, there was no heartbeat. But, now there are three children in their family.
2 Abortion: Kailyn Lowry Was Sixteen And Pregnant—Twice
Kailyn Lowry is famous for her stints on both reality TV shows, 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom 2. Ironically, when this teen mom was 16, she had an abortion after she was raped. She then proceeded to go on the show 16 & Pregnant for another pregnancy. Of the event, Lowry has stated that she just did not feel like the baby would grow inside her. She was devastated after the procedure.
Now, she lived in Delaware with her husband Javi and their two boys, Isaac and Lincoln. The family has two pups, Bear and Gizmo. Lowry also spends a lot of time on DIY Pinterest projects and hitting the beach. Rumors have it that she may have split with her husband, but they are going to star on a marriage boot camp reality show.
1 Can't Get Pregnant: No Matter How Successful You Are, You Can’t Have Everything
Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room in 2004, when he was only 19 years old. Since then, he has had a crazy amount of success. He married his sweetheart, Priscilla Chan, in 2012. Zuckerberg has admitted that they have had trouble conceiving.
In 2015, he said that they had been trying for a few years, but had already had three miscarriages. He also said that having a miscarriage is a lonely experience because most people do not talk about them. He and his wife shared their story to offer hope to other people going through the same thing. As it turned out, Zuckerberg and Chan finally had a child in 2015, whom they named Maxima. The couple had another baby about two years later.