Nicole Kidman, You’re SO Lucky You Had A Baby At 43 – But If It Was Your Egg, Why Did You Use A Surrogate?

Thu, January 20, 2011 1:14pm EDT by 26 Comments

She says a surrogate was impregnated with her embryo. Fertility specialists tell us if you can produce a healthy egg you can carry a baby. So why didn’t she? Exclusive!

Nicole Kidman is basking in the joy of new motherhood, since welcoming a daughter, Faith, with husband Keith Urban on December 28. And the 43-year-old star should consider herself lucky to have been able to have her own biological child, via a surrogate, because fertility specialist Shahin Ghadir, M.D. tells HollyBaby.com that her age definitely decreased her chances of getting pregnant. “For women, as they get older, it’s usually not an issue of carrying the baby but making that healthy egg,” he explains. “Most of the time it’s difficult to produce a viable egg at that age. That’s why a lot of patients over 40 have to use an egg donor.”

Nicole insists that she didn’t need an egg donor, which is rare for someone her age. “Definitely after the age of 35 there is a decrease in your chances and after the age of 40 your fertility rates really drop,” the Los Angeles-based fertility expert tells HollyBaby.com.

Find out why Nicole and Keith picked the name Faith Margaret

When asked why Nicole, who gave birth to her first child, daughter Sunday, in 2008,  would want to undergo the grueling IVF process, yet let someone else carry the baby to term, Dr. Ghadir said that it’s not uncommon, but was quick to point out that if the star could produce a healthy egg, then she could definitely carry a baby herself. So why didn’t she?

Nicole says they’re ‘truly blessed’ to welcome baby Faith

By using a surrogate, Nicole, was able to avoid some serious pregnancy complications that are worse for older women. “When you’re in your 40s and up, your risks are even greater. Nicole would have had an increased risk of gestational diabetes as well as preeclampsia, which is extremely high blood pressure during the pregnancy,” says the doctor. “These all go up in risk the older you get, so Nicole was playing it smart by letting someone else carry embryo.”

–Amy L. Harper

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Shari

Posted at 2:13 PM on October 12, 2014  

Whatever she says, I guess. Her child looks nothing like her.

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Lucila Krier

Posted at 12:21 PM on November 14, 2013  

One out of every six attempts results in pregnancy. The average chance of getting pregnant as a result of each unprotected sexual encounter is nearly 17% for a fertile and healthy couple. Therefore, if your attempts are not giving you positive results, you shouldn’t get discouraged as it is quite normal.

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Janelle

Posted at 10:37 PM on September 17, 2012  

Some women have perfectly good eggs, but they may have scarring from a previous birth, miscarriage or D&C that means their uterus can no longer carry a baby. It is a condition known as Asherman’s Syndrome. She also may have an incompetent cervix. Or, she could have had a very difficult, high risk pregnancy the first time around, and decided to employ a surrogate for the remaining frozen embryos. I am sure that most celebrities prefer to keep their medical affairs private, just as all of us do.

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Empower Network

Posted at 9:59 PM on June 9, 2012  

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Courtney

Posted at 8:16 PM on May 9, 2012  

What an insensitive, offensive article! You shouldn’t be “writing” about matters that you obviously know nothing about. I’m only in my late twenties and have had four miscarriages. I have one perfectly healthy son. My eggs are fine. Many women have a gene that causes blood clotting and increases the chances of miscarriage. A miscarriage can happen for no apparent reason. You are an idiot. I see this article was written quite some time ago. I hope you were fired.

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skarrlette

Posted at 12:34 PM on March 19, 2011  

There is speculation that it was TOM with the problem not Nicole

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skarrlette

Posted at 12:33 PM on March 19, 2011  

There are PLENTY of women having babies at 40 and over, its not that rare.

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anonymous

Posted at 12:32 PM on February 22, 2011  

If Nicole has had past fertility problems when she was younger, she isn’t going to suddenly be having bio kids in her 40s. Sunday and Faith are from an egg donor for sure.

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annaes

Posted at 12:29 AM on May 3, 2011  

Not true at all. My mom had 3 miscarriages in a row and then had my brother and then me. Just cuz Nicole had probs in the past doesn’t mean a thing.

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lorree

Posted at 11:20 AM on January 25, 2011  

What a stupid thing to ask! There are about a billion reasons why they chose to use a surrogate and if you are not smart enough to figure it out, why are you in this business? I had no problem getting pregnant but could not carry to full term, why risk your health, especailly if you already have children, why risk leaving them without a mother? Great comment hopeso!! Is that not better than having one and leaving it in a dumpster? At least they will love this child and give it a good life……jeez!

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Sam

Posted at 9:15 PM on January 23, 2011  

who’s business is it really but her own? and who are all you to judge her? she obviously had trouble carrying a child to term in the past, as she has had multiple miscarriages. maybe she just didn’t want to take the chance of losing another child.

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Hatti Herrmann

Posted at 11:10 AM on January 23, 2011  

I don’t believe NK had her first child. I think she faked the whole thing. That’s probably why the Paps got beat up by her trainer and bodyguard. I bet they had pics of her rubber belly!!

If she was able to have kids she would have had them with Tom Cruise. I don’t believe she had any miscarriages. She lies all the time. Ms Botox face!!

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Kat

Posted at 6:57 PM on January 22, 2011  

I had my daughter at the age of 45 last year. I didn’t have any problems. What a surprise! She probably had trouble with having miscarriages.

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heather

Posted at 3:07 PM on January 22, 2011  

What a stupid article. This is between Nicole and Keith and is NO ONE else’s business. Obviously this is a private matter and everyone should just butt out.

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Courtney

Posted at 8:55 AM on January 21, 2011  

Um Nicole has said sunday was a statistical miracle because of her previous history of an ectopic and a near fatal miscarriage so her chances of carrying another pregnancy were slim. though other actresses have had children older than her Katherine Ross & Jane Seymoure both had a child/children around their 45th birthdays Kate’s daughter Cleo Rose was Born September 17th 1984 and she turned 45 January 29th 1985 or Jane had her Twin Boys Christoper & Johnny November 30th 1995 just 5 days after the 10th episode of the 4th season of Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman aired and she turned 45 February 15th 1996

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gini

Posted at 10:17 PM on January 20, 2011  

Actually there are alot of reasons why she may have chose surrogacy with her own egg. Maybe she had pregnancy complications with Sunday. Maybe she had lots of miscarriages and didnt want to go through that again. But whatever her reasons were, it’s really none of anyone business. And to say an older womans eggs couldn’t produce a pregnancy is just stupid. It happens all the time. My aunt in fact was very surprisedto find out she was pregnant at 46 5 years ago.

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J20031

Posted at 10:12 PM on January 20, 2011  

Did it ever occur to anyone that maybe when she started getting older and realised she might want to have biological children one day that she could have had her eggs frozen? If I were 43 I doubt I’d want to carry a baby either.

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kimyro

Posted at 7:34 PM on January 20, 2011  

yes, sarah jessica used donor eggs for sure! why do these people LIE about it- it would help others struggling with the same fertility issues if they were honest. like KELLY PRESTON! you can’t get pregnant with a 48-yr-old egg. NO WAY

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lorree

Posted at 11:31 AM on January 25, 2011  

sorry but you are wrong on that one, my mother-in-law got pregnant with a 49 year old egg and delivered a very healthy baby! Never say never!! I do not think there is any reason for a human to act like they know everything, I sure don’t and there is always someone or something that will prove you wrong!

I agree J20031, she well may have frozen some eggs since she has had a variety of problems in the past. I am just so happy for them, they will love this baby so much, a very lucky baby it is indeed…

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Shell

Posted at 10:05 PM on January 25, 2011  

well, people just so you know, it IS possible to get pregnant in 40’s, my grandmother had a child when she was 42 and again, her last when 47. So, it IS possible, maybe not too common, but it can happen. (and my grandmother did not have any “outside” help) so, I went to school with my 2 uncles…..

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hopeso

Posted at 6:55 PM on January 20, 2011  

Juvenile questions, are you a child that needs an education???
Research it and you will find tons of answers.. But if you have any sense your will come to the most obvious conclusion, What business is it of yours? It’s a private matter between Nicole & Keith.

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Maggie

Posted at 4:39 PM on January 20, 2011  

Didn’t Sarah Jessica Parker do the same thing with her twins?

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mom2two

Posted at 2:55 PM on January 20, 2011  

I had a friend that did the same thing, using a carrier. She had no problems with getting pregnant, but due to complications on her previous pregnancies with extreme morning sickness, and excessive bleeding post partum, she was advised by doctors that she could not carry any more babies. Since she wanted more kids, she used a surrogate (also known in her case as a carrier). So it is possible for medical reasons.

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jojo

Posted at 2:45 PM on January 20, 2011  

ha they changed it- she’s totally 43

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Sonya

Posted at 2:09 PM on January 20, 2011  

Oh please she definetely used an egg donor and she is 43 not 42. But really who cares no one really wants to make it public knowledeg that her loving husband and her had to do that. I mean really. In the end she has a healthy child to love for a lifetime.

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jojo

Posted at 1:39 PM on January 20, 2011  

she totally used a donor egg. DUH

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