How Is Tami Roman Having A Baby At 45? The Secrets Behind Late Celebrity Pregnancies

June 29, 2015  |  
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Was anyone else shocked to hear 45-year-old Tami Roman’s pregnancy announcement on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta After Party Live? More and more celebrity moms are giving birth after 40 — but it’s not all natural. The secrets behind celebrity pregnancies after 40 might make you think twice about putting your biological clock on hold.

It’s Not Always A Miracle Baby

When Halle Berry announced she was pregnant at 46, she said Nahla’s prayers were the key to helping her conceive. But most celebrities who have late pregnancies need help. After the age of 35, women have only a 10 to 15 percent chance of getting pregnant — and that number keeps dropping every year. By the age of 45, women have less than a 1 percent chance of getting pregnant naturally.

Celine Dion

Celine Dion had twins at 42, but she went through six in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments and a miscarriage first. But IVF isn’t an option for everyone…

Thousands Of Dollars

On average, IVF costs $15,000 per treatment. And for women in their 40s, the chance of success is between 6 percent per treatment (1 percent after 45).

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian was only 33 when she had North West, but she had her eggs frozen when she was just 31. But freezing your eggs won’t work for every woman.

More Money

The cost to retrieve eggs to freeze? Between $10,000 and $17,000 per cycle (many women need more than one). Add to that several hundred per year to cover storage, another $7,000 to thaw them out, and another $5,000 to have them implanted.

Marcia Cross

Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross is one of the few celebrities who has publicly discussed using a donor egg to get pregnant at 45. But one doctor says there are more celebrities using donor eggs than you may think.

The Facts

Fertility specialist Dr. Devora Lieberman said, “If more celebrities came out and told women how it really is, it might help hammer the point home that there is no ‘miracle’ baby after the age of 45.” The chances of getting pregnant with your own eggs at 42? About 50 percent. At 45? Almost 0 percent.

Late Pregnancy Babies Come With Risks

Babies born to older women are much more likely to have health or even genetic complications. For example, a 20-year-old woman has a 1 in 1500 chance of having a child with Down Syndrome. For a woman in her 40s, the risk is 1 in 45.

Mariah Carey

While Mariah Carey’s twins are a joy, her pregnancy at age 41 was a struggle. Carey took progesterone shots, struggled to keep her twins and gave birth to them at just 35 weeks. And she’s not alone.

Older Moms Struggle

Gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and placenta accreta are just some of the life-threatening complications that women over 40 are at risk of suffering while they carry their babies.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Why don’t you see some celebrity pregnancy photos? Many celebrities over 40 have their babies via surrogate using their own or someone else’s eggs. Stars like Sarah Jessica Parker have been willing to admit that they couldn’t carry their babies on their own. But surrogacy doesn’t always go smoothly.

Legal Troubles

After 48-year-old Sherri Shepherd split from husband Lamar Sally, the legal status of the child they conceived via surrogate (and a donor egg) came into question. Even though Shepherd said her husband “tricked” her into having the child, a judge recently ruled that she must pay child support anyway.

Waiting To Have A Baby Isn’t Always Bad

While older women may have their struggles, there isn’t a perfect time to conceive. Whether you wait or not, every pregnancy has some risk. So there’s no reason to give up just yet.

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