Amy Schumer has gone public with something very private going on in her life. The 38-year-old comedian has revealed that she is undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The news comes just eight months after she welcomed her first child, son Gene, with husband Chris Fischer.
Amy shared a photo of her bruised stomach on Instagram as she asked for some advice and support from fans. “I’m a week into IVF and feeling really run down and emotional,” she captioned the picture. “If anyone went through it and if you have any advice or wouldn’t mind sharing your experience with me please do.”
To clear up confusion as to why she’d be doing this so soon after welcoming her first child, she offered some explanation. After her difficult pregnancy, she’s exploring all options that will allow her to add to her family. “We are freezing my eggs and figuring out what to do to give Gene a sibling. ❤️,” she concluded the post.
Many celebrities — including Katie Couric, Tess Holliday, and Colleen Ballinger — reached out to Amy in the comments to send their love and support. There were also a lot of fans sharing their IVF journeys. It was beautiful to see how women who went through so much came out the other end stronger.
Amy gave birth to Gene in May. She experienced hyperemesis gravidarum throughout her entire pregnancy. The condition is characterized by intense acute morning sickness. The same condition also affected Kate Middleton and Ayesha Curry during their pregnancies.
Amy’s been very vocal about her experience with the condition. On her Netflix special, Growing, she had this to say about it. “I feel like, you know, if you had a good pregnancy — if you’re someone who enjoyed being pregnant — I just hope your car flips over. That’s what I wish for you,” she joked.
In April, she expressed her frustrations for the lack of attention to women’s illnesses from the medical community. She posted a photo of her and Chris on a walk with a paparazzi-like caption. “Amy Schumer And Chris Fischer set pulses racing while the heavily pregnant Schumer flaunts her growing bump,” it begins.
Then she laid into the medical community. “Amy is still pregnant and puking because money rarely goes to medical studies for women such as hyperemesis or endometriosis and instead goes to things like [expletive] not getting hard enough or old guys who want harder [expletive] 👴 👍🏼🤮,” she added. Kudos to Amy for keeping it real.
Amy’s also been very candid about the realities of motherhood, especially as a working mom. She shared a photo of herself with Gene’s nanny, both wearing face masks.
“This is our nanny who makes it possible for me to work and know that our baby is happy and healthy,” she wrote. “I love her very much and we also both want to have nice skin. 😍.”
Plenty of fans were supportive of Amy giving credit to her nanny. Nearly all working moms need some help, and it’s important to give the people who make it all possible recognition. “As a nanny this makes my heart so happy!” wrote one fan. “It is so amazing when you’re appreciated for such a special job! ❣️.”
Amy returned to work in October. While she admitted to having some apprehensions, she told People that it was also an empowering experience. “It’s like you get a piece of yourself back, but it is hard,” she explained.
She also recognized that her position as a celebrity and someone with money to hire help puts her at an advantage to many others. “I’m just so fortunate, you know?” she remarked. “‘Cause a lot of people have it a lot harder.”
She also sang the praises of Every Mother Counts, a charity that works to improve maternal health. “Christy Turlington [Burns] started this charity called Every Mother Counts and they raise money to help women have a midwife or doula with them when they give birth,” she explained.
“Because sometimes they’re just at home by themselves. It’s real grim. I have so much privilege, and it was still so hard for me to go back to work.”
The road to motherhood has been a challenging one for Amy. Luckily, she’s done an amazing job at recognizing her own privilege and raising awareness for others. As she goes through this next chapter, we hope she has all the love and support she needs to get through.