Amy Schumer Opens Up About IVF Struggles
Comedian Amy Schumer has called for advice from fans through an Instagram post showing her bruised stomach, a week into IVF treatment.
Amy Schumer has been applauded for sharing her honest experience with the difficulties of pregnancy, childbirth and, now, conception and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
The comedian and her husband Chris Fetcher welcomed their first child, Gene Attal, in May 2019. Schumer’s pregnancy was riddled with complications as she suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of ongoing morning sickness which many women experience.
On Instagram on Thursday, Schumer posted a highly candid photo of her badly bruised stomach and C-section scar, stating: "I'm a week into IVF and feeling really run down and emotional. If anyone went through it and if you have any advice or wouldn't mind sharing your experience with me please do. My number is in my bio. We are freezing my eggs and figuring out what to do to give Gene a sibling,".
Schumer is known for her sharp critiques of the systems that oppress women and impinge on their quality of life. She has been vocal about her difficult experience with hyperemesis gravidarum since she was diagnosed in November 2018. The illness had her hospitalized multiple times and struggling to work for much of her pregnancy.
Even before giving birth to her son Gene in May, Schumer shared a photo on Instagram captioned: “still pregnant and puking because money rarely goes to medical studies for women such as hyperemesis or endometriosis and instead goes to things like d**** not getting hard enough or old guys who want harder d****.”
Additionally, Schumer advocates for better conditions for working women, admitting that she is struggling and yet privileged compared to many women who are facing the same challenges. She shared a photo in appreciation of her nanny, stating that she “makes it possible for me to work and know that our baby is happy and healthy. I love her very much,”.
Although Schumer’s experience with pregnancy and motherhood has been a rocky one, the new mum still states proudly and in her classic comic style, that “This has been by far the best year of my life and I spent half of it vomiting every day.”
Schumer’s honesty and advocacy has certainly touched the hearts of her many fans who are now full of support for her new and harrowing journey with IVF.