“It’s not for a movie…”
Just days after announcing she’s pregnant with baby number two, actress Anne Hathaway, who is best known for her iconic roles in The Princess Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada, is opening up about her pregnancy.
On July 25, Hathaway took to Instagram to share an intimate black and white photo of herself at home, standing in front of a mirror. Obvious in the photo is the white flowy tank top that is covering up her baby bump.
The soon-to-be mom of two wrote:
All kidding aside, for everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies. Sending you extra love.
Now, Hathaway is elaborating on her caption and her fertility struggles.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the expectant mom admitted that baby number two is something she and her husband Adam Shulman have been wishing for a while now:
“I am really happy. This is something I’ve been wanting for a while and I’m really happy it’s happening.”
The actress is also excited to give their 3-year-old son, Jonathan, a sibling.
And while elaborating on her fertility struggles, Hathaway told ET that she wanted to be loud and honest about the journey to becoming a mom of two:
“There is a sort of one size fits all narrative to this, and of course, it’s wonderful that we celebrate the happy moment when it’s ready to share. I think there is a silence around the moments before that and they are not all happy, and in fact, a lot of them are quite painful. I think that pain is increased when we think we’re the only ones going through it.”
“I just knew that somewhere my announcement was going to make somebody feel worse about themselves because — and it wouldn’t be their fault that that happened — you just can’t help it when you want something so bad and it feels like it’s happening to everyone else but you. And I just wanted that person to know that they’re included in my story too and that my story didn’t just have happy moments in it.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “about 10 percent, or 6.1 million, women in the United States, ages 15 to 44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.
And while a multitude of problems can cause fertility issues, Women’s Health reports that most often the problem lies with a woman’s ovulation.
Some of Hathaway’s followers wrote:
Congratulations! My two angels are all Cape fertility babies! They are amazing and you are inspirational letting people know babies don’t always come easily xx
Congratulations!!! And thank you, I needed to hear that today.
Hundreds have since praised Hathaway for her honesty and are sharing their own battles with fertility as a result.