Actress Jaime King might be all smiles as she plays with her 15-month-old son. But the 35-year-old mum-of-1 has finally opened up about the struggles she went through to have a baby – including 5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF and 26 IUI sessions (intrauterine insemination) over 4 and a half years.
“I was hiding what I was going through for so long, and I hear about so many women going through what I went through. If I’m open about it, hopefully it won’t be so taboo to talk about it,” she told People magazine.
After seeing several doctors, Jaime was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It’s a condition that affects female sex hormones and fertility, as well as endometriosis. In her bid to have a child, she suffered 5 miscarriages and went through 5 rounds of IVF and 26 rounds of IUI. But then she had some unexpected news – she’d naturally conceived her first child with husband Kyle Newman. “When I got pregnant it was the best thing in the whole world. I had never felt so grateful, happy and elated.”
After 26 hours of labour, Jaime gave birth to her son James Knight in October 2013. But she admits she didn’t have an “angels singing moment” with her newborn and she suffered from postnatal depression.
The actress didn’t have time to catch her breath as she returned to work just 6 weeks after giving birth. “The baby was with me, but my husband was gone [on set]. I was basically by myself. Having to go back to work was very traumatic because I was still breastfeeding and up every two hours. I felt this major pressure,” she said.
Jaime carried on breastfeeding and even shared a selfie of herself breastfeeding her son on Instagram (above) as she showed support for breastfeeding in public.
And despite the difficulties, Jaime still wants to have more children – but is trying to go with the flow. “I don’t know what the future holds,” she said. “All I know is I can’t control it, and I’m okay with that.”
Photos: Instagram / Jaime King