Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson has spoken about the fertility struggle that he and his wife Kristin faced while trying to have their second child.
While the couple are now proud parents to two beautiful boys, Mason and Maxwell, they really struggled to conceive a second time round.
“Me and Kristin had our first-born, Mason, with no issues at all, then when we tried for our second it just wasn’t happening,” Kevin says while promoting his new film If I Could Tell You, which follows a woman exploring “black market” sperm donors in a desperate bid to get pregnant.
“We both got checked out and Kristin had some issues,”says the 44-year-old singer. “We couldn’t believe it. It was like, ‘Wow. OK, so this is isn’t going to be easy. Maybe it’s not in the cards for us to have another child.’ That was a realization that smacked us in the face.”
Kristin, who had previously shared her pregnancy struggle in the documentary Pushing Motherhood, was told that her FSH level (follicle-stimulating hormone) was at 13-above the normal level of 10 and decreasing her chances of getting pregnant.
“I never thought I’d hear those words,” the 46 year old said. “It’s tough.”
Kevin and Kristin looked at a range of alternative therapies stop help them conceive their second child, Maxwell. They embarked on a long journey of alternative methods, including two rounds of IVF.
“We tried IVF, we tried artificial insemination, and none of that worked,” Kevin says. “She was injecting her body with all kinds of hormones to make her ovulate, then on top of that was all the stress. She also couldn’t exercise and she’s a dancer, so it was totally unnatural. I just tried to be as supportive as I could, let her lead and be there for her.”
After going through the gruelling journey that is IVF, the couple decided that it wasn’t for them so they stopped all treatment to try a more natural approach.
“It just didn’t feel right, so we were like, ‘Let’s stop this. Let’s reset your body, reduce stress, make you feel happy and healthy, then go back to the roots of how it’s supposed to be done. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be, and if not, we’ll adopt,” Kevin said.
Kristin was referred to an acupuncturist by a friend whose success rate for helping couples get pregnant was “through the roof.’ The pair were thrilled when Kristin naturally conceived Maxwell, now 3, who joined big brother Mason, 9.
“It was amazing,” Richardson says. “We were jumping for joy. Kristin and I come from big families. She’s the youngest of three, I’m the youngest of three, and we had always envisioned ourselves with more than one child.”
“We got started late, so we have to accept some of that responsibility,” tKevin says. “I was being a Backstreet Boy and she was being an actress, so we just felt blissful, grateful and excited when it happened.”
“Taking all the pressure off and getting the unnatural things out helped. I’m not saying Western medicine doesn’t have its place because it’s about whatever you need, but it was Eastern medicine, acupuncture, that did it for us.”
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