“I was trying to get pregnant”

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Throughout her career, Jennifer Aniston has been stubborn by reckless speculation in the media that she was trying to conceive or had recently become pregnant. Headlines announcing “BABY FOR JEN” would appear like clockwork, pointing to supposedly fitting baby bumps. Aniston has been pretty open about how it made her feel, repeatedly criticizing tabloids and her unrelenting scrutiny. But in a new one Curls profileThe actor eventually revealed that the rumors hit home near home: “I was trying to get pregnant,” she said. “It’s been a challenging journey for me, the baby-making journey.”

As it turns out, the media’s never-ending baby guessing game that spanned Aniston’s 30s and 40s came when she was actively trying to conceive. “All the years and years and years of speculation… It was really hard. I went through IVF, drank Chinese tea, whatever,” the 53-year-old said. “I threw everything at it.

She added, “I would have given anything if someone said to me, ‘Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favor.’ You just don’t think so.” (Egg freezing has become much more common since the first rumors about Aniston. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine called the process “experimental” until 2012.)

Understandably, all of Aniston’s “trials” took place outside of the public eye. With much of our culture still reluctant to accept the idea that a woman of childbearing age cannot have children, the media drew some pretty cruel and stupid conclusions about Aniston’s babyless condition and painted a “narrative about it.” [she] was just selfish.” She said that to viewers and outsiders, it seemed like “I only cared about my career. And God forbid that a woman is successful and has no child. And the reason my husband left me, why we separated and ended our marriage, was because I didn’t want to give him a child. They were outright lies. I have nothing to hide at this point.”

We know Aniston is absolutely right: If it is was if she wanted to prioritize her career while skipping the prospect of children, there would be nothing wrong with that.

“The last month in particular has shown me how much we define a woman’s worth based on her family and maternal status,” she said wrote in a 2016 HuffPost comment during a particularly brutal news cycle. “The sheer amount of resources currently being expended by the press simply to find out whether I’m pregnant or not (for the bajillionth time… but who’s counting) points to the maintenance of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful or unhappy if they are not married and have no children.”

But this speculation and these bizarre accusations have actually twisted the knife for someone who did Wanted to have children but struggled with infertility—another stigma altogether. Aniston admitted That Hollywood reporter last year that she took the insults about being selfish and only caring about her career personally, describing them as “really hurtful and just plain nasty.” “It’s like, ‘You have no idea what’s going on with me personally or medically, why can’t I … can I have kids?'” she said THR.

Now, The morning show star says she’s made peace with life without children: “Here I am today. The ship has sailed.” But this accepting perspective doesn’t undo the decades of relentless judgment she’s received.

https://jezebel.com/jennifer-aniston-rumors-ivf-trying-to-get-pregnant-1849762691 “I was trying to get pregnant”

Adam Bradshaw

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