Hart of Dixie star and new mom Jaime King surprised people recently when she came forward with the intense fertility issues she had before giving birth to her son, James. In a lengthy and candid Instagram post, King revealed that she had five miscarriages before conceiving her now 9-month-old baby, and that she struggled with mystery health issues for eight years before getting -- and staying -- pregnant. King's note is shockingly honest, incredibly touching, and it prompted many women to share the problems they've encountered with fertility, as well -- which is exactly what Jaime wanted. The hashtags King used to accompany her post -- #youarenotalone #ihavetobebravetosupportothers #realtalkthatterrifiesus -- show exactly why she chose to share such a traditionally-private and personal matter.
A snippet of King's beautiful post reads:
8 yrs of pain & undiagnosed PSOC & Endometriosis, 5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF, 26 IUIs, most with no outcome, 4-1/2 years of trying to conceive, 26 hours of brutal labor, early delivery b/c of sudden preeclampsia, tearing and tearing after the stitches were in once I was home.
From reality shows to Instagram and Twitter posts to celebrities getting pregnant with seeming ease well past the age of 40, we've come to think that the rich and famous are without problems. And there's a reason for that -- they only share tiny snippets of their lives, and it's these snippets that the rest of the world winds up looking up to and aspiring to have. But clearly, as King shows, there's a lot more going on behind the curtain.
Many women feel that their journey to get pregnant is a private one -- and that's completely fine, and quite frankly, hard to argue with -- but it's always refreshing when women so many people look up to open up about their fertility problems. It isn't that celebrities aren't entitled to privacy, not at all; but again, so many women idolize these people, and hearing that they, too, had problems getting pregnant may help "regular women" feel less lonely. Maybe even empowered?
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I applaud King's decision to come forth and talk about what she went through to have her son -- it certainly isn't for everyone. Hers is a painful story, but one that will likely give hope to women who are in a similar situation and let them know, like her hashtag says, that they're not alone.
Do you think fertility issues are a private matter?
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