Natasha Hamilton has revealed she suffered from secret IVF heartbreak before she became pregnant with her ‘miracle’ fifth child.
The Atomic Kitten singer, 40, who is currently expecting a baby girl with husband Charles Gay, opted for the fertilization technique last summer but was disappointed when it failed.
She is already a mother of four, sharing son Josh, 20, with famed bodyguard Fran Cosgrave, Harry, 18, with actor Gavin Hatcher, Alfie, 12, with ex-husband Riad Erraji, and eight-year-old Ella with boyband star Ritchie Neville.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Natasha explained how her pregnancy “wasn’t difficult at all”, despite her fears.
She said: ‘Touch wood… it’s all been great. Yes, I had morning sickness at first and was really tired. But I thought that because of my age it might be a more difficult pregnancy, but it’s not.
EXCLUSIVE: Natasha Hamilton has revealed she suffered a secret IVF heartache before she got pregnant with her fifth ‘miracle’ child
“I’m still doing everything I would have done when I was younger. I manage to hit the gym sporadically. I’d like to go further, actually. I’ve just started to have a lot of energy now. I’m like in my 23rd week, so I’m going back to the gym.
“No, I’m always busy. I’m still on tour with Liz [McClarnon]. I always jump on stage, I do my dance routines. I still film TV. It didn’t stop me at all, really.
Natasha had hoped to welcome her new arrival in the comfort of her own home – but admitted doctors have expressed concerns due to his age.
She said: “It would be amazing because I had Ella at home. I tend to give birth very quickly and I just…the idea of having to rush to the hospital in the car during labor – which actually happened when I was in labor with Alfie – it makes me somehow traumatized.
‘I thought, ‘I’m going to give birth at five in the back of a car here. And I really don’t want to do that. So for me, for me to be home, you know, having like my hypno giving birth and like my candles and my beautiful music pulling me in.
“But I’m still in the care of the hospital and wWe communicate. I think because of my age they would prefer it to be in hospital, but I also have my midwives who are really supportive of having a bath at home as well.
On how her four children reacted when she told them her exciting news, she explained: ‘They knew me and Charlie had been trying for quite a while since we got married.
Happy couple: The Atomic Kitten singer, 40, who is currently expecting a baby girl with husband Charles Gay, turned to the fertilization technique last summer but was disappointed when it failed
Doting mother: She is already a mother of four, sharing son Josh, 20, with famous bodyguard Fran Cosgrave, Harry, 18, with actor Gavin Hatcher, Alfie, 12, with her ex-husband Riad Erraji, and Ella, eight, with boyband star Ritchie Neville
“From the second we got married we knew we wanted to start a family and that was September 2021.
“So they understood, to a certain extent depending on their age, that it was not really happening for us. We did a round of IVF last summer, which didn’t work. So when we told the kids, they were over the moon.
Elsewhere, Natasha and Deliveroo are launching ‘Deliver-pudlian’ phonetic menus ahead of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool to help visitors learn the lingo.
She said: ‘Well, you know, it’s well known that the Scouse accent can be a bit difficult to understand, with the likes of Scottish and Geordie.
“There are going to be over 100,000 people in Liverpool, not just from Europe but from all over the world. So I partnered with Deliveroo to help themtranslate some of the menus phonetically.’
The ‘Deliver-pudlian’ menus will be launched at five local restaurants via the Deliveroo app, the deliveroo.co.uk website and in-store until Saturday 13 May.
Phew! Elsewhere, Natasha and Deliveroo are launching ‘Deliver-pudlian’ phonetic menus ahead of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool to help visitors learn the lingo
How does IVF work?
In vitro fertilization, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already fertilized egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.
It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally, and a sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and combined in a laboratory before the embryo is inserted into the woman.
Once the embryo is in the uterus, the pregnancy should continue as normal.
The intervention can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or from donors.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend that IVF should be offered on the NHS to women under 43 who have been trying to conceive through regular unprotected sex for two years.
People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures released in January 2018, and there are no guarantees of success.
The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are around 29%, with the chances of a successful cycle decreasing as they get older.
Around eight million babies are thought to have been born through IVF since the very first case, Britain’s Louise Brown, was born in 1978.
Chances of success
The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the cause of infertility (if known).
Young women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.
IVF is generally not recommended for women over 42, as the chances of a successful pregnancy are considered too low.
Between 2014 and 2016, the percentage of IVF treatments resulting in a live birth was:
29% for women under 35
23% for women aged 35 to 37
15% for women aged 38 to 39
9% for women aged 40 to 42
3% for women aged 43 to 44
2% for women over 44
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