Using a gestational surrogate is one of many options for women dealing with infertility problems. Indeed, it’s proved to be a blessing for celebs such as Giuliana Rancic and Kara DioGuardi, who both welcomed sons via surrogate after years of struggling to conceive.
But Beyonce wants to make it known that she did not use a surrogate to carry her daughter, Blue Ivy. Ever since becoming pregnant, the music superstar has been dogged by rumors that she went that option to avoid ruining her figure with extra baby weight.
“To think that I would be that vain,” Beyonce says in her new documentary (as reported by Us Weekly). “I respect women and mothers so much. To be able to experience bringing a child into the world, if you’re lucky and fortunate enough to experience that, I would never ever take that for granted.”
Having gone through a devastating miscarriage, Beyonce was particularly grateful to have had the chance to carry a baby to term. She calls it “the most powerful thing you can do in your life – and especially after losing a child, the pain and trauma from that just makes it mean more.”
Maybe the surrogacy theorists should do a little homework before pointing fingers. Then they’d find out that gestational surrogacy isn’t exactly a walk in the park.
There’s the whole business of finding a reputable clinic and going through all the paperwork. Then you have to choose the right person to carry the baby. Then, if you’re using your own eggs, you have to undergo the whole IVF procedure: tons of shots and blood work, hormones going awry and an egg retrieval done under general anesthesia.
And that’s just the beginning of nine months of waiting and worry, especially if you don’t live close by your surrogate. You have to trust that this person is taking care of herself and pray that the pregnancy goes well. There’s a whole element of this is out of my control that can be hard to deal with.
So this isn’t a choice that can or should be made lightly – and it’s an insult both to Beyonce and to moms like Giuliana to suggest that a popular celeb would do it just to keep her figure.
You tell ’em, Bey!
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews]
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