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Nicole Kidman's Struggle to Have Children

Nicole Kidman's Struggle to Have Children

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Like all celebrities, Nicole Kidman's life has been put on public display since she came onto the American film scene in the early 1990s. The Australian actress, known for her long legs and strawberry locks, became an overnight sensation after starring in the film, Days of Thunder, alongside her then soon-to-be husband, Tom Cruise, in 1990. Since then, Kidman has starred in a wide array of films that showcased both her versatility as an actress and stunning beauty.

However, along with her fame came paparazzi and a strong public interest in her personal life. She married one of the hottest, most talked about, and controversial film stars of all time, Tom Cruise, shortly after they met. The marriage garnered a great deal of media attention; everyone buzzed about the new Hollywood power couple, and wanted to know what would happen next - particularly when the abnormally-gorgeous people would procreate. However, as time passed and adorable offspring were nowhere in sight, speculation of infertility arose.

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise's Infertility Troubles

Nicole Kidman's adopted children

It has never been confirmed if the couple's fertility issues were due to male infertility or female infertility; however, Kidman has been open about the difficulties she has faced conceiving. During her marriage to Cruise, she suffered a number of miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when the fertilized egg is implanted outside of the womb, resulting in the fetus not surviving. Kidman and Cruise, desperate to have children, adopted two children, Isabella and Conner, in 1993. At first, the couple was elated by their newly-formed family. Unfortunately, after 10 years of marriage, Kidman and Cruise divorced. The children, who are now teenagers, have chosen to live with their father in Los Angeles.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's Family

Though Kidman reportedly believed that she would never find love again after her painful divorce from Cruise, she remarried to country music star Keith Urban in 2006. Again, she was challenged with wanting to start a family with her new husband, yet had trouble conceiving. Kidman, now in her early 40s, would inevitably find it more difficult to become pregnant due to her age.

Nicole Kidman's first biological daughter

However, this time, Kidman decided to take matters into her own hands. With technologically advanced fertility treatments and the help of a fertility specialist, Kidman became pregnant after a year of trying, and gave birth to her first biological child in 2008, Sunday Rose. Experts suspect that Kidman underwent IVF to increase her cances of getting pregnant.

Three years later in 2011, Kidman shocked the world by announcing the birth of her second child via a surrogate. Kidman and Urban are the child's biological parents, though they got some much needed help from a surrogate, a woman who carried the fetus to term after her uterus was implanted with an embryo consisting of Kidman's egg and Urban's sperm. While the stunning star has achieved much acclaim for her acting capabilities, she may now feel more fulfilled in life, having finally, after years of heartache, achieved her fertility goals of having children of her own. The public now eagerly waits to see if another little surprise will come about in the future.

If you are having difficulty getting pregnant, contact a fertility doctor in your area.

Image sources: Nicole Kidman pregnant, with Tom Cruise, and with Keith Urban

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