We need to put less pressure on women about fertility – not more.
One of Australia’s most high-profile couples, The Biggest Loser coaches Michelle Bridges and Steve “Commando” Willis, made a very exciting announcement last week: they’re expecting their first child together.
Bridges, 44, is 18 weeks pregnant and due to give birth before Christmas. In an interview with Who magazine, the 12 Week Body Transformation founder said she feels “very lucky” about conceiving naturally at an age where it can be difficult.
“But I also feel all of my years and all of Steve’s years of looking after ourselves and taking care of our health and our bodies, it just goes to show. For someone my age, for it to happen so quickly, it’s obviously got to do with good health,” she said.
Bridges is clearly elated with her pregnancy, as she rightly should be. Pregnancy is always a big deal, especially for a woman over the age of 40 — unfortunately, at this age the chances of natural conception are lower than five per cent.
However, in an interview with The Glow journalist Tracey Spicer — who experienced fertility problems in her thirties and eventually had children through IVF — said she felt it was “a bit irresponsible” for the popular fitness guru to suggest health and fertility over the age of 40 were so closely linked.
“[The comment is] so wrong and so judgemental, it makes women feel worse when they’re trying to fall pregnant. I’ve got nothing against Michelle, and I’m all about supporting all women, but it’s a bit wrong,” the 47-year-old Sky News anchor said.