Beyonce and Jay Z have this week announced they are expecting two new additions to their family.
Already proud parents of 5 year old daughter Blue Ivy, they have been keen to extend their family.
Desperate to provide super-cute Blue Ivy with a sibling, Beyonce and Jay Z, are rumoured to have resorted to IVF treatment and now excitedly awaiting the arrival of twins.
It seems that Beyonce is flourishing during the early stages of her pregnancy and took to Instagram yesterday to post a photo showing her baby bump and to announce the wonderful news.
“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.” she posted.
Beyonce has shared her fertility issues in the past
While Beyonce is only 35, the singer has opened up about her fertility struggles in the past which includes a miscarriage before the arrival of their cherished daughter in 2012.
Its fantastic that more and more celebrities are openly discussing their IVF journey to conception, which is a positive step towards reducing the associated stigma while raising awareness. If talk of the twins through IVF is true, Beyonce and Jay Z will be the latest in a long line of stars to conceive thanks to fertility treatment.
IVF or not the statistics in the US for multiple births are significant
Although neither Beyonce nor her team, have confirmed that the pregnancy was through IVF, it is interesting to know that last year The New York Times reported that over 40% of IVF deliveries in the United States were twins or even triplets and higher. In fact, 2015 saw 3,871 triplets, 228 quadruplets, and 24 quintuplets born in the US!
“More than 60,000 babies — about 1.6% of all infants born in the US — were conceived through IVF, and 41.1% of all IVF deliveries were multiples,” the Times reported, using data culled from 2013. According to Dr. Abigail C. Mancuso, that’s “directly attributable to the common practice of transferring multiple embryos to the uterus to enhance pregnancy rates.” The report was published in Fertility and Sterility.
IVF or not, IVF babble would like to wish Queen Bey and Jay Z huge congratulations on this wonderful news.