Famed comedian Amy Schumer recently hinted toward exploring surrogacy as an option for her next child. Chatting with a close friend Christy Turlington in her upcoming HBO docuseries "Expecting Amy", the two discuss how the motherhood experience has been like for them. Christy, who's a mother of two, expresses her desire to have a third child, to which Amy says: "Great! I am looking for a surrogate because I’m never doing it again."
The Trainwreck star has been very vocal about her struggles with pregnancy when she gave birth to baby Gene last year in January through IVF with husband Chris Fischer. Amy admits they had restarted their IVF procedure to have another child however, as the world was hit by the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, the couple had to put their IVF plans on a hold which gave them time to explore other options.
As the pandemic casts a shadow of uncertainty on everybody's future plans, Amy and husband Chris have also halted their medical treatment and been able to rethink their plans. Afterwards on the Today show, the the 39-year old stand-up comedian revisited her statement from her tv series and admitted it wasn't a joke altogether. “It is something we’ve absolutely explored,” she confessed. "I mean, it (pregnancy) is something that I can’t imagine putting myself through again, but it’s also something I can’t imagine not putting myself through. It’s so confusing."
For context, the award-winning comedian had a tumultuous pregnancy with her first-born. She suffered from a rare pregnancy complication hyperemesis gravidarum, which is a severe form of morning sickness, occurring in only about 0.5% to 2% of pregnant women. Marked by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss and dehydration, this rare condition can make you end up in the hospital if left untreated. Amy's case was in fact so severe that she had to be hooked up to an IV line.
Speaking about her experience with pregnancy, Amy revealed, "it was really hard on my body and really hard on me emotionally." The actor also mentioned that there was close to a 90% chance of the complication reemerging in case she falls pregnant again and how the thought of it petrifies her.
"We've put the expansion of our family plan on hold because of the pandemic. Whether I try to carry again or there’s a surrogate, it’s all just on hold," she disclosed.
It's important to acknowledge that not all pregnancies are smooth or uneventful. Our society still has a hard time digesting the fact that people capable of conceiving naturally might still at times opt for surrogacy due to personal reasons and that it's perfectly okay to do so.
Whether the couple decides to resume their IVF treatment or pick a surrogate to carry their second child for them, we wish them both the best of luck in making this important, life-changing decision for their family.