Natalie Imbruglia, 44, reveals she is pregnant with her first child after undergoing IVF with a sperm donor
Natalie Imbruglia has announced that she is expecting her first child.
The singer, 44, revealed that she underwent IVF treatment and used a sperm donor to achieve her dream of becoming a mother.
She shared the joyous news on Wednesday with an Instagram snap that showed off her blossoming baby bump.
Mother-to-be: Natalie Imbruglia has revealed that she is expecting her first child. The singer, 44, revealed that she underwent IVF and used a sperm donor to achieve her dream
The Torn hitmaker prefaced the announcement with the news that she has signed a record deal, penning: ‘I’m very happy to announce that I have just signed a record deal with BMG!! What an AMAZING team. I have been busy writing for the past year and a half and can’t wait to share these new songs with you all!!!!
‘And as you can see from the pic.. there is another announcement… (no I haven’t swallowed a watermelon). I’m expecting my first child this Autumn.
‘For those of you that know me, this has been something I have wanted for a very long time and I’m blessed that this is possible with the help of IVF and a sperm donor-I won’t be saying anything more on that publicly.
‘I’m so excited about this next adventure… a new album and I’m going to be a mum!’
Good news all round: The Torn hitmaker prefaced the announcement with the news that she has signed a record deal, sharing a snap with her management
Natalie underwent In-vitro fertilisation in order to fall pregnant – a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.
The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or, as Natalie revealed she chose, using donors.
The Australian singer was married to Daniel Johns for five years before they split in 2008 and announced she was in a relationship with Matt Field in 2017, but the pair have not been pictured together since the summer of 2018.
Goals: Natalie has spoken about her desire to become a mother in the past, revealing that she would ‘look into other options’ if she couldn’t find a partner to have a child with
Natalie has spoken about her desire to become a mother in the past.
Back in 2015, Natalie told The Evening Standard that she ‘would really love to be a mum’, adding, ‘it is something that is going to happen.’
Revealing her plans to have children, Natalie told the publication: ‘I am still hopeful that I will meet someone. And yes, I may well look into other options [for babies] if I don’t.’
The star has often rued the life of a singleton admitting she never thought she would be divorced and without children in her forties.
‘I am a bit behind the curve as far as family is concerned, but that doesn’t bother me right now.’
Over: Natalie announced she was in a relationship with Matt Field in 2017, but the pair have not been pictured together since the summer of 2018 (pictured in August 2017)
HOW DOES IVF WORK?
In-vitro fertilisation, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised 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 womb, the pregnancy should continue as normal.
The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or those from donors.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends 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 published in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.
The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are about 29 per cent, with the chance of a successful cycle reducing as they age.
Around eight million babies are thought to have been born due to IVF since the first ever case, British woman Louise Brown, was born in 1978.