Gemma Collins ‘I’ll be pregnant next year at 40’by Laura Driver
Gemma Collins, who turns 40 next year, has shed nearly 3 stone on the advice of doctors to help her get pregnant and has said “I would love to have a child. It would be great for me and such a positive message for all the girls out there who don’t want to rush their life or their life has taken different a direction, like me who’s put their career first. But in my forties I’d love everybody to see The GC walking around with a pram.”
Gemma has been reassured she can have children but losing weight will increase her chances of conceiving and having a healthier pregnancy. She explains: “I’ve got a fabulous doctor. I can definitely have a child, he just told me it would be easier when I’m not carrying as much weight. He gave me the confidence not to panic about it. He told me to lose a few stone and it will help me. I am in a much better headspace. It is easy to yo-yo when your life is all over the place. Things are a lot calmer now — I’m cooking my own meals at home, riding my bike in the countryside and enjoying long walks. I am established. My career has gone above and beyond.”
Another complication in Gemma’s pregnancy journey is that she has Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which triggers irregular periods, excess male hormones and enlarged ovaries. Gemma was 28 when she was diagnosed with the condition after becoming alarmed by sudden weight gain. She says: “I was always very slim. But I really started piling on the weight and I’ll never forget it. I said to my mum, ‘Have you shrunk my clothes?’. She said, ‘I hate to break this to you, but you’re putting on weight’.
According to the NHS, one in five women in the UK has PCOS. It is said to be hereditary and in severe cases sufferers can be left with excessive hair growth and acne.
Gemma said “I’m going to be up there with them all — Mariah Carey, Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Jennifer Aniston. Kylie’s not married yet or got children. Jennifer hasn’t got kids either. Don’t write us off yet. We’re just beginning.”