Mandy Moore is over the moon about her surprise pregnancy after having fertility struggles with her husband, Taylor Goldsmith.
Moore originally believed that surgery would be necessary before she could carry a child. But when she consulted a fertility doctor for her “suspected” endometriosis — the doctor casually revealed a small window for her to conceive.
“I was fully prepared to go have surgery and fix my uterus and hopefully get rid of the endometriosis, if it was there,” Moore, 36, recalls. “It was nice to have a plan and to know ‘Okay, well this is why I haven’t been pregnant yet.’ “
But as Moore prepared for surgery, a fertility specialist informed her at an appointment that she was ovulating but noted there was a slim chance of conceiving due to the issues with her uterus. “So I was like, all right, whatever. And lo and behold…”
She found she was carrying a boy!
“I guess I understand why doctors tell you, like, ‘Oh, just try for a year, and then if nothing happens, you can start sort of investigating,’ ” Moore continues.
“But I was like, man, I wish I had known before. It would have been a game changer had I had that information.”
Moore revealed how she kept her expectations leveled — even when she discovered she was pregnant.
“Because of this issue with my uterus, I was very hesitant to believe it and put any stock in it,” she says. “I sort of was holding my breath until 12 weeks.”
She reveals how Goldsmith, 35, had been reading up on parenting books, despite her belief that he has been ready to be a father sooner than he believed.
“I think he’s been suited to be a father for pretty much his whole life. He’s been gearing up for this,” Moore shares. “Like in the morning, it’s funny, I’ll reach for my phone and he’ll reach right for whatever baby book he’s reading.”
Moore says she is grateful for the time she has with Goldsmith, 35, who would be touring if not for the pandemic.
“We wouldn’t have spent this gestation period together — he would have been touring. And it would have been fine, but having this experience together makes me feel even more solid and even more excited to be a parent with him.”
Moore adds how she wants to “raise an intelligent, feminist, loving, compassionate young man, who respects women, and who understands boundaries.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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