Amy Schumer is one tough mother. The comedian shared much of her difficult journey throughout her pregnancy with her son Gene, where she was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that causes nearly constant vomiting, weight loss, nausea and dehydration. Now Schumer is once again putting her body through extreme physical distress, this time with in vitro fertilization, or IVF.
On Thursday, Schumer shared an image of her stomach on social media showing the effects of IVF. The actor’s bruised stomach is a familiar sight for women who have endured IVF, which can have devastating side effects on a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. “I’m a week into IVF and feeling really run down and emotional,” writes Schumer next to her image, which also shows her C-section scar, another reminder that moms are warriors. Hoping to build her village even on the internet, Schumer writes “If anyone went through it and if you have any advice or wouldn’t mind sharing your experience with me please do,” adding that her phone number is in the bio of her Instagram feed.
Schumer and husband Chris Fisher welcomed their first son Gene in May 2019, and in her new Instagram post the comedian says that the couple are moving forward with IVF in an effort to freeze her eggs and figure out “what to do to give Gene a sibling.”
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I’m a week into IVF and feeling really run down and emotional. If anyone went through it and if you have any advice or wouldn’t mind sharing your experience with me please do. My number is in my bio. We are freezing my eggs and figuring out what to do to give Gene a sibling.
In only a few hours, Schumer has already received an outpouring of support from fans and her famous friends. “I’m praying for you and Chris. I’m sorry,” writes Selena Gomez. TV anchor Katie Couric sent words of encouragement, writing “You got this mama! Sending you lots of love!” Tatiana Maslany, Wendy Williams, Tess Holliday, Samantha Ronson and many more women showed their support in Schumer’s comments section, as well as women who also shared their own stories of struggling through IVF.
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Many followers thanked Schumer for opening up a dialogue about IVF, with one woman writing “In a world of gender reveals and birth announcements it’s difficult when you struggle with infertility. The IVF process is more so emotionally exhausting, just remember you are stronger than you know and keep faith that it will all work out!” Another wrote “Thank you so much for sharing this and helping to normalize something so important. You have no idea how much you just helped countless women going through the same thing.”
In October, Schumer shared a picture of Gene in a Halloween costume and announced that it would be the last pic she would post of her son. The comedian has continued sharing her thoughts and experiences on motherhood while maintaining privacy for her young son, instead focusing on her journey as a mom and in turn helping other parents who are going through similar issues and struggles. Schumer has also been refreshingly up front about having help to raise Gene, with the comedian going back to work a few months after her son was born. In a picture Schumer shared earlier this week, she poses with a beauty face mask on next to her nanny, a woman “who makes it possible for me to work and know that our baby is happy and healthy.”
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