She shared how isolating the process of getting pregnant can be.

By Faith Brar
July 29, 2019
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Last week, everyone's favorite Genovian royal, Anne Hathaway announced that she's pregnant with her second child. The actress gave a sneak peek of her sweet baby bump on Instagram with a heartfelt message to anyone struggling to get pregnant.

"For everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies," she wrote alongside a mirror selfie. "Sending you extra love."

Hathaway is known to be a pretty private person, which is why people were surprised to see her talk so candidly about fertility struggles.

Now, in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, she explained why she felt it was important to speak up about the "painful" moments leading up to her announcement. (Related: Anna Victoria Gets Emotional About Her Struggle with Infertility)

"It's wonderful that we celebrate the happy moment when it's ready to share," she said. "[But] I think there is a silence around the moments before that and they are not all happy, and in fact, a lot of them are quite painful."

Getting pregnant isn't as straightforward as many people think—something Hathaway alluded to in a separate interview with the Associated Press. (Related: Anne Hathaway Shares Her Approach to Food, Workouts, and Motherhood)

"I think that we have a very one-size-fits-all approach to getting pregnant," she said. "And you get pregnant and for the majority of cases, this is a really happy time. But a lot of people who are trying to get pregnant: That's not really the story. Or that's one part of the story. And the steps that lead up to that part of the story are really painful and very isolating and full of self-doubt. And I went through that." (Related: What Is Secondary Infertility, and What Can You Do About It?)

"I didn't just wave a magic wand and, 'I want to be pregnant and, wow, it all worked out for me, gosh, admire my bump now!'" she added. "It's more complicated than that."

ICYDK, about 10 percent of women struggle with infertility, according to the U.S. Office on Women's Health. And that number is expected to increase as the average maternal age rises. Hathaway herself was "blown away" by the number of women who go through this experience, and how little people talk about it, according to AP. (See: The High Costs of Infertility: Women Are Risking Bankruptcy for a Baby)

"I was just aware of the fact that when it came time to post that I was pregnant, somebody was going to feel even more isolated because of it," she said. "And I just wanted them to know they have a sister in me."

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