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Celebrity Fertility: Mariah Carey Talks to '20/20' about Miscarriage, Motherhood
In an exclusive interview with Barbara Walters on 20/20 Friday night, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon revealed their six-month-old twins — son Moroccan (Roc) and daughter Monroe (Roe).
Carey told Walters how she had trouble getting pregnant and had experienced a miscarriage after her 2008 wedding to Cannon. To get pregnant this time, Carey said she took progesterone before and during her pregnancy to reduce the chance of another miscarriage. The singer also credits daily acupuncture with helping her reduce stress and get pregnant.
“The main thing I did that was tough, was to go on progesterone like every month… and then when I was pregnant, I had to stay with the progesterone for 10 weeks,” she told Walters.
Progesterone plays a role in maintaining the uterine lining; therefore some researchers have theorized that women with low levels of progesterone and recurrent miscarriage may benefit from taking progesterone supplements as pills, injections or vaginal suppositories. However, it remains a matter of debate whether supplementing progesterone actually prevents a miscarriage. Medical organizations typically do not recommend supplementing progesterone in women with luteal phase issues or recurrent miscarriages, unless the women are using reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Carey also talked about her difficult, high-risk pregnancy while carrying twins. The 41-year-old Grammy-winning singer suffered from gestational diabetes and was at risk for seizures. She was also on bed rest, experienced false labor pains and made multiple trips to the hospital.
“I don’t think I understood the enormity and the magnitude of what it really does to your body,” Carey told Walters during the show. “Carrying two babies. Unless somebody’s been through it, it’s difficult to understand what I went through, because my pregnancy was very unique in terms of what happened to me.”
The babies were born at 35 weeks on the couple’s third wedding anniversary, April 30, 2011.