Helena Bonham Carter Reveals All That She Went Through To Become Pregnant With Her Second Child

Helena Bonham Carter

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.”



  1. Christy says

    These celebs are so nervous about looking like they can’t conceive naturally, as if we expect them to be superhuman as well as rich and famous. We “might” have done a round of IVF? It aint something you forget, is this her way of being coy about it? It seems that many of them are so insecure they can’t even admit they can’t do it ALL. JLo denying IVF but pregnant with twins after major admitted infertility? Come on-it would help women to know they have a chance with treatment, not hurt your image!

  2. Jenna M. (UK) says

    I haven’t seen Helena in too much stuff but I love (sorry – am obsessed with) Tim’s movies. So much imagination!

    I’m glad for them that they are pregnant and happy.

  3. oriana says

    Sandra, I LOVE meatloaf!!!!! I can’t seem to get it to turn out right, it falls apart!! Glad you are feeling better my Dear! You have a good evening! Gargle if that throat gets to feeling sore again! Ha!

  4. Lauren says

    I’m glad that everything worked out for them. Burton is an awesome director. His movies are so successful. Congratulations!

  5. Sandra says

    Ladyone he is a director and all of that good stuff. He is really known for the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas and she is an actress. If you don’t like Babyrazzi I suppose you don’t have to come to the website! IMO

  6. Sandra says

    Hi Sweety!

    I did have a good weekend! I am feeling 110% better! I feel so good I actually made dinner tonight!! LOL Meatloaf and mashed taters!! How are you doing my dear??

  7. oriana says

    Hi Sandra, I have tried to get thru to you but keep getting awaiting moderation! And I don’t know why!!!! Hope you are feeling better and had a restful weekend!

  8. Sandra says

    That is great for her, but what doctor would prescribe clomid without testing her to see if she is ovulating. I know I had to go through a bunch of tests first. She is lucky her ovaries didn’t burst from over stimming.

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