A 50-year old woman welcomed twins despite her doctors’ fears that anorexia years would have made it difficult for her to conceive.
Christine Forshaw, 50, from Epsom, Surrey, was on her fourth attempt at IVF and had spent around £20,000 on treatment when she welcomed her daughters Emily Tracey weighing 4lb 12oz and Grace Christine 5lb 8oz in April.
Anorexic from the ages of 14 and 34, this customer service administrator said that doctors weren’t sure if she would become fertile. She hadn’t experienced a regular period for years, and at her lowest weight, she was close to 4 stone.
After having divorced her husband for 10 months at the age of 29, she said that it was only years later when she began to consider fertility treatment. She had spoken to her friend about wanting to have children and she realized this after she spoke to her doctor.
Christine Forshaw, 50, from Epsom, Surrey, welcomed daughters Emily Tracey weighing 4lb 12oz and Grace Christine 5lb 8oz (pictured) in April
Christine was anorexic since she was 14 years old and decided to have IVF 10 years later after her divorce. Christine at her wedding
Christine was age 46 when she had her first attempt at IVF in 2017, undergoing treatment privately at a clinic in London.
Christine explained that her father is a sperm donor. He was a website that I found. This is a little like Amazon.
You should examine the criteria and all information regarding the donor. I have information about his hair colour and blood group, as well as hobbies. His hair is dark brown and his eyes are light green. It is easy to get a catalog number and place it into a basket. Then you can pay.
The 50-year-old paid £275 a year to keep the sperm in a freezer as she underwent her treatments.
Christine admits to the heartbreak of her three failed attempts at having a child.
According to her, she was afraid of making a mistake and not trying again. The medics informed her that they would place two eggs into the egg so there would be a 5 percent chance for twins.
Christine (pictured), who became pregnant during her fourth IVF cycle, chose to keep the pregnancy secret for 26 weeks
Christine (pictured left, with a friend) had previously struggled with her weight while trying to achieve a figure like model Kate Moss
What is Anorexia?
Anorexia, also known as eating disorders or mental illnesses, is a form of anorexia.
It is a condition that causes people to lose weight.
The illness can affect both men and women, but it usually starts around the mid teens.
People with anorexia may have adistorted view of their bodies and believe they’re overweight, when in reality they are extremely underweight.
Although the cause of this condition is unknown, it can be caused by low self-esteem or eating disorders in their family.
The long term effects of health problems can include severe muscle and bone pain, loss in sex, kidney problems, bowel problems, and a weaken immune system.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is an option for treating anorexia.
After discovering her pregnancy via a home test the clinic performed blood tests to confirm that IVF was successful.
“I returned to the doctor at seven weeks after having another look. When the doctor checked me, I told him that I was going to be telling him I had twins. Christine said that he replied “yes” and I fell from the bed.
Christine said that her 26-week-old pregnancy was kept secret by her best friend and her family because Christine was afraid of what could happen.
The divorcee will be living with her parents, David, 82, and 77-year-old Val, before she starts looking for her own place.
Christine gave birth by C-section at 36 weeks after doctors found one of the babies was breech. Pictured: Christine after giving birth
Although she admitted she was nervous about telling her parents she was going to have ‘twins,’ her father assured her that he wants her to be happy.
Following doctors discovering that one of their babies had a breech condition, the baby was delivered via C-section at 36 weeks. The twins had been scheduled for May 11, but Christine was already admitted to Epsom District Hospital and they were born on April 30, 2013. Grace followed Emily three minutes later.
She gushed that she had a ‘complete life’.
Christine had weighed a healthy 8½ stone and was 5ft 6in tall when her anorexia started at just age 14, after an actor in theatre group made an off-hand comment, asking ‘you’re the fattest in your family aren’t you Christine?’.
Christine was scheduled to give birth May 11, but Christine was admitted early to Epsom District Hospital. After birth: Picture of the twins
The family became concerned when her compulsive diet and using excuses for missing meals caused her to lose weight.
Christine stated that Kate Moss was my ideal body, however she knew me to be thinner than me. All I did was to eat two more mints.
“Then, the next day, I would think that my stomach was sticking again.”
Her hair began to thin at age 24, and her facial features were hollow.
Christine, who was 8 stone at her peak weight when she fell pregnant, says a friend gave her the strength to get back her life. Christine with her twin daughters
After getting married, she explained her improved health. However, she quickly fell to her lowest points again after the marriage ended at 10 months.
Christine says a friend was able to help her get her life back. By the time Christine turned 39, Christine had completely overcome her eating disorder.
When she was pregnant, her weight was 8st. After spending several months traveling in Australia, I also began acting again.
I could not thank my friend enough. Christine stated, “I’ve been given another chance. Now I have my daughters I can look forward for a wonderful future.”
Christine stated that she was given another chance, and she is excited for the future with her girls (pictured).