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Anyone who has gone through IVF knows just how daunting, intense and overwhelming it can be. It’s a physically and emotionally draining and deeply personal journey that millions of women go through all around the world, including Amy Schumer.

The actress, who welcomed her first child Gene last year, revealed that she has started IVF because she wants her darling son to have a sibling.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The mum shared a photo of her bruised tummy to reveal that she is in the early stages of IVF. Alongside the photo, the mum wrote, “I’m a week into IVF and feeling really run down and emotional.”

Amy encouraged women who have been through IVF to share their story with her, “If anyone went through it and if you have any advice or wouldn’t mind sharing your experience with me please do. My number is in my bio.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She revealed, “We are freezing my eggs and figuring out what to do to give Gene a sibling.”

Amy’s friends sent her supportive messages after her post. 

Selena Gomez wrote, “I’m praying for you and chris. I’m sorry!”

“I appreciate you as a mother, a woman, a public figure, your vulnerability is so powerful,” Tess Holliday added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One woman praised Amy for sharing her IVF journey with the world, “From a fellow IVF survivor. Thank you for speaking out. Wouldn't wish the experience on anyone, but stay positive. This is not for the weak at heart. But there is an amazing community of women out there who get it.”

Amy is so strong for sharing her story. There’s no doubt many women will seek comfort in her honesty.

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New research commissioned by LinkedIn has shown that fertility issues remain taboo subjects in Irish workplaces, with nearly two thirds (65 percent) of professionals saying they would not discuss difficulties conceiving with their employer.

The research, which surveyed Irish professionals and also workers with fertility issues, highlighted a range of issues relating to why people do not feel comfortable discussing challenges trying to have a child with their employer, the lack of HR policies to support people pursuing IVF or adoption, and potential resentment that can fester due to the lack of HR structures and understanding for coworkers struggling to conceive.

Most Irish professionals (59 percent) are hesitant to discuss fertility issues with their employer as they want to keep their personal and professional lives separate.

One of the main factors behind this is due to the lack of training for managers on how to handle with conversations about topics like miscarriage or IVF, with seven in 10 workers saying that they would be more likely to have a conversation with their employer if they knew that their manager had training on how to deal with it.

Just under half (47 percent) of Irish workers who have experienced fertility issues did not want to discuss it with their manager because it felt too uncomfortable, with over a fifth (22 percent) not wanting to do so in particular if their manager was of the opposite sex. A major factor for almost a third (31 percent) of these professionals is that they did not want to have to tell colleagues if their attempts to conceive were unsuccessful. Over a fifth (22 percent) of workers finding it difficult to conceive also worried that telling their manager about their plans for a baby would hinder their career prospects.

The lack of HR structures and understanding of coworkers has led to a variety of issues for professionals that experienced challenges when trying for a baby. Just over half (52 percent) of these workers reported experiencing mental health issues, with almost two fifths (39 percent) saying that their financial situation was negatively impacted and just over half (51 percent) reporting that their work performance was affected.

Over half of professionals experiencing fertility issues said that they needed to take time off work to attend medical appointments or to recover from them, with nearly a quarter (24 percent) also having to undergo counselling.

Worryingly over half (55 percent) of Irish professionals said that their employer did not have HR policies in place to help staff having difficulties trying for a baby with fertility treatment or adoption. For example, women pursuing IVF are required to take injections at set times during the day, which make staying back late in the office or travelling for work an issue. Despite this there is a lack of formal flexible working options for employees opting for fertility treatment in many Irish organisations.

The top five policies that professionals that have experienced fertility issues want most from employers are:

  • Flexible working options for those undergoing fertility treatment (52 percent)
  • Personal leave to recuperate or aid their partner during egg retrieval or insemination process (33 percent)
  • Paid time off for those undergoing fertility treatment (31 percent)
  • Financial assistance for fertility treatment (31 percent)
  • Flexible working options for those going through an adoption process (29 percent)

There are still some underlying issues around attitudes towards pregnancy, fertility issues and whether colleagues have children or not in the workplace. Almost three quarters (73 percent) of professionals think that workers who do not have children enjoy better career success. 1 in 7 (14 percent) professionals expect colleagues with fertility issues to work at the same pace despite their need for support. On a positive note in this respect, just over a third (36 percent) would cover for colleagues with fertility issues if they had to miss work.

LinkedIn is calling for employers to break the taboo in their organisation and discuss fertility issues at work to help normalise this commonplace issue. Commenting on the research, Lisa Finnegan, Senior HR Director for EMEA & LATAM at LinkedIn, said: “It took my third miscarriage to push me to open up to a manager about what I was going through. Part of the reason why I’ve chosen to speak out about my journey on LinkedIn is that I believe our personal struggles don’t happen in isolation from our working lives. Following the positive response I received on my post, this has prompted many others to share their story on the platform.

“We need to raise awareness of the diverse fertility journeys that people undergo so they feel comfortable starting the conversation at the beginning of that journey. This research  shows that there are a multitude of ways to support employees struggling with fertility and I hope our findings will encourage more employers to begin their own discussions on the topic.”

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Clap-back queen and general amazing human Chrissy Teigen made an important point when a fan asked if she was pregnant.

The internets favourite social media darling has a reputation for slamming the trolls, but she had a dignified response to an Instagram user who asked about a possible baby bump.

Teigen is currently in Italy with her husband, John Legend, and her two children. Her latest Instagram snap sees the model wearing a towel as a dress, and one commenter wrote, "Baby bump?" as a response.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chrissy perfectly explained to the commenter why asking a woman if she's pregnant can be extremely hurtful, and we love her for it.

Teigen herself had issues with conceiving in the past, and used her last frozen embryo after rounds of IVF in order to have her second child, Miles.

The star replied to the baby bump comment with compassion, but perfectly explained why it's not appropriate to ask questions such as these.

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"I know you didn't mean it to be rude, but think twice about asking this," Teigen wrote. "There are people who have trouble conceiving, and it hurts every time."

She continued; "I'm not pregnant but would be happy if I were. But I'm also happy not to be!" she said. The mum-of-two has been praised for her honest reply to a hard question.

Another fan pointed out; "It also hurts when you are trying to lose your baby weight and still have a bump and people ask or think this question."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Teigen commented in response; "I'm already reminded of it every time I get out of the shower, I don't need to hear it on the daily."

Whether it's fertility, post-partum depression or her post-baby body; Chrissy is truly an authentic spokeswoman online for every mum struggling with the realities of motherhood.

She's never one to hold back when faced with parent-shaming or intrusion from fans, and we're glad she schooled this fan on the topic of conception.

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It might seem like John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are the epitome of true love and happy families, but as we know, even the strongest relationships come with their fair share of struggles.

From fertility issues to drinking problems, John spoke openly about his personal life in a revealing interview published in Cosmopolitan this week.

The 38-year-old singer and Chrissy, 31, have been married since 2013 and last year welcomed the arrival of their first daughter, Luna, conceived thanks to IVF.

Speaking about their fertility struggle, John admitting that having a baby is “a big challenge for a couple” – made especially difficult when you “can't conceive naturally.”

“You want to feel like everything’s working properly and want everything to be perfect, but sometimes it’s not. I wouldn’t say we can’t conceive naturally, but I would say that it’s enough of a challenge where it felt like we needed help,” he said.

John also addressed comments made by Chrissy last month when she opened up about her decision to cut back on drinking.

“When she was thinking about how she wanted to drink less, we talked about it. I just want to support her. I want her to be happy and to live the fullest, most awesome life she can, and I want us to do it together.”

 

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When asked about his reputation as the “perfect spouse”, the All Of Me singer admitted he that while he was flattered by the label, his relationship is not always perfect.

“I think that’s awesome. I don’t want to present myself as the “perfect spouse” and I don’t want to present our relationship as the “perfect relationship” because I don’t think anybody meets that definition. I think it’s too much pressure to put on anyone.”

“I think it should be cool to be a good partner, a good spouse, a good father, and/or a good parent. If I’m one of the people who helps make that cooler, I think that’s great.”

He finished off the interview with some words of wisdom for his younger self, admitting he wished he had taken more risks – but really, we reckon everything tuned out just fine for the Grammy award winner. 

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Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke is set to become a father for the first time after his girlfriend, Hannah Summer, became pregnant with twins through IVF.

The dancer is celebrating Hannah's pregnancy after years of trying to start a family.

He confirmed the news on Good Morning Britain: “Hannah and I are delighted to announce that we are expecting twins in the spring. We are over the moon!”

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He further revealed that he's going to have a boy and a girl.

A source told The Sun: “Anton and Hannah are very happy together, and they decided some time ago that they were both ready to have children.

“Hannah didn’t fall pregnant quite as quickly as they would have liked and it was a source of worry for them for a while.

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“Eventually they decided they wanted to try IVF treatment and they are delighted it has worked."

Hannah and Anton began dating six years ago after meeting at a golf club.

We're absolutely delighted for them.

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She was just 27 at the time – and fighting to save her ailing marriage. Now Khloe Kardashian has revealed that she had IVF in a bid to help her get pregnant.

Speaking on yesterday’s Kocktails With Khloe, she admitted: “At the time I was, like, ugh, gotta have a baby.

“That’s all I wanted.”

Following a whirlwind month-long romance, Ms Kardashian married Lamar Odom back in 2009 when she was 25 – although the basketball star was often subjected to rumour relating to his alleged drug-use and infidelity.

“I thought maybe it would like fix the situation,” she also recalled.

However, and now estranged from Lamar, Khloe went on to say that everything worked out for the best – and that a baby was never going to fix her marital issues.

“I’m also happy it didn’t happen because I was young. I was 27,” she explained.

Khloe was rumoured to be having IVF in 2011, although this is the first time she’s publicly confirmed that she did indeed turn to the treatment. 

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Chrissy Teigen is defending herself against an onslaught of scrutiny following a candid interview in which she spoke openly about her pregnancy and conceiving through IVF. 

Chatting to People magazine, the 30-year-old revealed that she chose the sex of her baby while undergoing fertility treatment to become pregnant with partner John Legend. 

"I've made this decision. Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little embryo. I picked her and I was like, 'Let's put in the girl.' 

"I think I was most excited and allured by the fact that John would be the best father to a little girl. That excited me," said the model in what would prove to be a controversial interview. 

"It excited me, just the thought of him with a little girl. I think he deserves a little girl. He deserves that bond. A boy will come along. And this girl is going to be so completely lucky to have John as her papa."

While the model assumed the interview would not garner much attention, it seems many were quick to criticise the couple's decision with one user posting: "I do think it's sad people would pick a specific gender / prefer a specific gender."

But Chrissy was not afraid to defend herself.

 

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"What is that difference though? I've already created embryos with a doctor. Only after must it be random?" 

"What year is this?! And for the record I am always happy and open to speak on fertility. The more casual, the better. I don't mind. 

"I also picked the embryo with a taste for bacon, a knack for magic and size 7 feet so she can always find shoes," said the star, finishing on a lighter note. 

Chrissy has since taken to Twitter again today to apologise for her outburst, claiming that people simply don't understand the process. 

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So, as it turns out, the sex of Kimye’s baby wasn’t such a surprise after all!

It has been reported that the now-pregnant Kim Kardashian only had male embryos implanted throughout her IVF process.

Using a process that cost approximately €15,000, the couple were determined to have a boy and had their doctors select only male embryos for the procedure.

Speaking to Us Weekly, a source explains their reasoning behind the move. “Kanye loves Nori more than anything, but to make his world complete, he wanted a little boy, an heir.”

The soon-to-be mum of two has openly discussed her problems with conceiving the second time round on KUWTK. After a number of failed IVF attempts, Kim finally announced her pregnancy.

The 34-year-old is now in her second trimester and she revealed to the world on Monday that they are expecting a baby boy.

The source explained that “Kim always wanted two kids. A girl and a boy.”

“Kim would have happily taken a healthy baby, but being able to choose the sex is the cherry on top!” the source revealed. 

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