Julianne Hough and her husband, Brooks Laich, revealed that they have decided to give birth to their first child with the help of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
Brooks admitted that their decision to use IVF was simply to increase their odds of having children.
“I wish people would perceive it [that way instead of with] shame or guilt,” he told Us Weekly
Brooks, 35, is a hockey player while his wife Julianne, 30, is a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent." Not too long ago, Brooks started a podcast called "How Men Think" with Gavin Degraw as his co-host.
According to Brooks, he created the podcast to support people with similar situations as his and also to go against the things that are stereotyped or deemed sensitive.
Brooks also added that he and his wife are taking it one step at a time as they are only concentrating on getting one child right now, then they will decide on how many children they want later.
His exact words are
"She's one of five (children), and I'm one of three (children), and we always thought we wanted a big family. Now we're to the point where we're like…Let's just focus on getting one and then we'll decide what we want after that."
The 35-year-old also said that he believes his wife will make a wonderful mother. According to him, Julianne has the best heart in the world, and that's what attracted him to her.
IVF literally means fertilization in a glass. The couple's egg and sperm are collected and then fertilized in an incubator. After about six to eight weeks, the embryo formed is transferred back into the woman's uterus; two weeks later, you take a pregnancy test, and hope that it’s successful. The success rate also depends on the age of the patient giving the egg.
Julianne once told PEOPLE that she struggled with anxiety and depression while growing up. The two times "Dancing with the Stars" champion also revealed that dance is what makes her feel confident anytime she feels otherwise. She is currently working with fellow panelist Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a neuroscientist, to discover the effects that dance has on the brain.
The couple started dating in December 2013, but kept their relationship private until February 2014 when they decided it was time for the world to know. They got engaged on August 18, 2015, and became husband and wife on July 8, 2017.