Brigitte Nielsen gave birth to her fifth child in June at the age of 54.
Brigitte Nielsen, who gave birth to her fifth child in June at the age of 54, says that she beat the odds.
The model-actress revealed she had her eggs frozen at the age of 40 years, shortly after the divorce from her fourth husband, Raoul Meyer, and while getting to know her now-fifth of her husband, Mattia Dessi, reports People.
At the time, a different method was used to freeze eggs, which resulted in a lower success rate, adds the magazine. She says doctors gave her only about 3 to 4 percent chance of having a child using her own eggs.
“I didn’t know many of the eggs, but I had enough of it,” said Nielsen, who has four older sons from previous relationships. “I wouldn’t do it later than 42 … [then] you would only have seven eggs. Of those seven, to make them into an embryo?”
From there, an embryo had to be implanted. As they described, the IVF process for her, it was difficult to undergo.
Our precious little Frida, our true love. ❤️
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“There was a lot of disappointment,” said Nielsen, now 55. “It’s that phone call going, ‘It’s a negative.’ It is the wait. Sometimes you can feel lonely, because many women do not talk to each other about it, and we should, because there is nothing wrong with wanting to have a baby, whether you’re 20, 30, 40, or in my case, 50.”
She says that she had to remain realistic about her circumstances. “If you do not make use of donor eggs, you must maintain your own at a reasonable age, and there is even a possibility,” she said. “80 percent of the time, it doesn’t work.”
The couple chose to keep the news private a considerable amount of time. She didn’t want to tell friends and family to the 26-week mark, and they didn’t go public with the news until two weeks before her due date.
At the end of June, she and Dessi welcomed baby Frida via C-section in Los Angeles. The two weeks between the announcement and the baby’s arrival was not pleasant, as they endured a lot of criticism.
Since then things are smooth sailing.
“My husband and I want this so much for so many years,” she said. “I finally have my little princess. Becoming a mother is the most beautiful in the world.”
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