Jenna Jameson Celebrates Being an 'IVF Warrior' and Reflects on the Impact of Pregnancy on Her Body
In her latest Instagram post, Jameson opened up about the difficulties in conceiving her third child as a woman in her early 40's
Jenna Jameson is looking back at her journey to becoming a mom of three.
On Monday, the former adult film star, who has previously been very candid about her pregnancy experience, opened up about the challenging, yet worthwhile process of conceiving her third child, daughter Batel Lu, through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Sharing the encouraging note to her Instagram alongside a before, during, and after photo of her pregnancy and weight-loss, Jameson, 44, explained to her followers how going through the difficult conceiving process made her stronger in the end.
“Yes, I’m an IVF warrior. Our sweet Batelli was conceived through modern medicine,” she began the post. “Truth be told, IVF is one of the hardest things I’ve endured. So much emotion, stress, fear, pressure, pain and anxiety. The hormones wreak havoc on your body for months prior to transfer and the fear of the unknown is encompassing.”
Jameson, who had already experienced a successful IVF pregnancy with her 9½-year-old twin boys Jesse Jameson and Journey Jette, said she began the fertilization process for Batel at age 43 and believed it would be one of the final chances for her to have another baby.
“I felt I had little time. I felt it may be my last chance,” she admitted. “I knew what I was getting into since I had a successful twin IVF pregnancy. But I was MUCH younger then.”
Despite her worries, Jameson reassured her followers that, as we know, everything worked out fine. She also noted how the process was worthwhile and encouraged her fellow women to stay hopeful in their own pregnancy journeys.
“Well, after everything we ended up with one very special PGD tested, perfect embryo… my little Batelli,” she wrote. “She was worth every shot, every cry and every push. I felt compelled to talk about my age, IVF and how you can do this too. Never lose hope. Always trust in G-d. He has beautiful plans for you.”
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While clapping back at body shamers during her pregnancy in 2016, Jameson confirmed her daughter was conceived following infertility struggles.
“This baby means so much to me and Lior and we fought so hard to have it. It IS an ivf baby, and my body reacted very strangely to the meds (lots of water retention and weight gain) and to be honest it doesn’t bother me at all, as long as baby is healthy,” she wrote.
She also touched upon her experience with IVF in an August 2018 weight-loss post, where Jameson revealed, “We then decided to do ivf for Batelli. The cocktail of hormones pushed me up to 160. Then pregnancy. I hit 205 at 39.5 weeks.”
Jameson has also been a longtime advocate for breastfeeding. While her posts typically promote the positive side of nursing a child, the star often speaks to the challenges and unglamorous moments that mothers face too.
In March, Jameson shared another photo of her breastfeeding her daughter in the shower and wrote, “This is motherhood. It’s not always shiny and perfect like so many instagrammers make us believe.”
“There are days you question your strength and abilities. But then there are HARD days like today that prove your uncompromising power,” she added.
Not only has Jameson been candid about motherhood, but she’s also spoken to her postpartum weight-loss experience and time on the keto diet, which has helped her lose more than 80 lbs.
Most recently, the star has advocated for moms to follow the high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb eating plan while breastfeeding amid concerns that it may not be healthy or in the baby’s best interest.
“When I started my #weightlossjourney I slowly subtracted carbohydrates over a week long period while monitoring my supply,” she explained in January. “I’m not quite sure why I thought processed foods contributed to my fabulous supply. I was absolutely wrong. The moment I got into full ketosis my milk increased.”
“I think a lot of people think Keto is all about bacon salami and copious amounts of cheese,” she continued. “It’s actually quite well rounded with lots of organic veggies, fish and eggs.”
In her final words, Jameson noted that not “all women are the same” and encouraged her followers to start slowly and research and monitor their progress. “Nursing and keto go hand in hand 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻” she proudly finished.