Millions of couples, celebrities or not, are faced with infertility issues when trying to expand their families. Aside from the financial burden that comes with trying to seek treatment (some of which are still not covered by medical insurance), there’s also the emotional toll that comes with not being able to conceive a baby naturally.
For Black women, the pressure is intensified. The CDC reports that we are more likely than white women to encounter trouble getting pregnant, but only half as likely as white women to receive fertility treatment. This data, combined with the cultural standards placed on Black women to be “strong,” often lead us to suffer in silence.
Know this: you are not alone. In honor of Infertility Awareness Week, we’ve listed all the celebrity women who have openly shared about their struggles to conceive, ways they coped, and treatments they sought to fulfill their dreams of becoming a mom.
In her memoir Becoming, the former First Lady revealed that she turned to IVF treatment after a miscarriage. “[Barack and I] were trying to get pregnant and it wasn’t going well,” Mrs. Obama writes. “We had one pregnancy test come back positive, which caused us both to forget every worry and swoon with joy, but a couple of weeks later I had a miscarriage, which left me physically uncomfortable and cratered any optimism we felt.” Today, they have two beautiful daughters, Sasha and Malia.