The One Show presenter Alex Jones has revealed she was ‘naive’ to think she could have children easily later in life
Now 45, Alex had her first child, son Teddy at 39, son Kit two years later, and then daughter Anna at the age of 43.
She is currently hosting her new show on W called Alex Jones: Making babies, documenting the stories of patients at the top London fertility clinic, King’s Fertility, and training as a fertility assistant alongside the team.
Alex said in a recent interview with Closer magazine that she just thought she could have children.
She said: “I try to never regret – you are who you are, in a sense. I thought ‘Well, there you are, we’ll try and have a baby and that will be lovely – and then the baby will arrive’. How naive.”
Alex had an Anti-Mullerian Hormone(AMH) test in a previous programme on fertility, entitled Fertility and Me, which came back with an average result; at the time she was just married at 38.
At the time, she said: “I would tell anybody, ‘If you’re in a relationship and you want kids, go for it as soon as you can’. But it’s not always straightforward, is it?”
Speaking about her new show on BBC Breakfast, Alex said she did not want to be the presenter who just turns up and observes.
She said about her fertility assistant role: “I just really enjoyed the experience and felt like I had a proper role. Because I didn’t want to be the television girl who turned up and just was there to observe. But it wasn’t, it wasn’t easy.”
When she was due to start filming she realised she was pregnant with Annie and so it had to be postponed until after the birth.
She said: “I didn’t feel it was right for me to be there when I was pregnant.
“It’s such a personal and epic journey, both physically and mentally.
“And without the couples who agreed to take part, we wouldn’t have a ten-part series. So credit to them for letting us share their fertility story because all of those people who took part felt quite isolated and vulnerable, very lonely as well going through the process because very often employers don’t understand what it might be like to go through it and extended family and friends don’t understand.
“And hopefully, with this, more people will be able to be more supportive because they’ll understand what the process entails because it is such a lot to go through.”
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