Helena Bonham Carter revealed that being over 40 and trying to get pregnant is tough.
When Helena, 41, and her husband, director Tim Burton, 49, decided they wanted a sibling for their 4-year-old son, Billy Ray, they resorted to both conventional and unconventional fertility treatments.
Fearing that, like most women over 40, she wasn’t ovulating regularly, Helena, a devotee of alternative therapies, decided first on a fertility drug called Clomid to stimulate egg production.
“I had a terrible reaction to it. It turned out I was ovulating anyway,” Helena told Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper Monday.
“It stressed me out beyond belief. Hormonally, I was all over the shop and I got really low emotionally. Lots of people don’t have that reaction, but on the internet I found a Clomid Club, with people who react to the stuff discussing it online,” she said.
After going to a North London acupuncturist who supplied a variety of teas to “build my strength up,” Helena, also tried Tui Na (literally “push and grasp”), an acupuncture-related Chinese massage for patients who prefer to avoid needles.
When Helena realized that Oriental medicine wasn’t working she turned to In vitro fertilization.
“We might have gone for a round of IVF,” Helena said. “There was an argument for just having one child, because we thought if that’s the way it’s meant to be, so be it.” But the pregnancy came naturally, under the intense pressure of making a movie musical.
While filming the musical Sweeney Todd, Helena discovered that she was pregnant .
“I was working so hard at the time,” she recalled. “The first three months being pregnant while filming, I felt totally spaced out.”
“You do need to multi-task with acting. You’ve got to remember your marks, your lines, singing, everything, and actually – you have no brain! Suddenly your own brain is growing another person’s brain, so yours goes defunct,” said Helena who is due in December. “It wasn’t ideal, but then I was so happy to be pregnant.”