Gracing the cover of the current issue of Hello! magazine, expectant parents Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster talk for the first time about their “intense IVF battle” to conceive their baby on the way.
After struggling for two years to conceive a sibling for their 4-year-old son Alastair, the 65-year-old rocker and his wife turned to in vitro fertilization, seeking treatment in both the UK and the US.
Penny, 39, finally learned she was pregnant after the third round of IVF. She recalls the day she found out, saying, “I couldn’t believe it. I burst into tears. I called Rod when I was still sobbing. Rod said, ‘I’m in the middle of a restaurant in Russia, crying.’ I kept pinching myself. Neither of us could believe it.”
Though Rod points out that “IVF can be stressful, especially for the woman with all the hormone injections and procedures,” the mom-to-be insists the long struggle was well worth it: “Our son’s happiness made all the IVF treatments worthwhile.”
The baby – who the couple is 99% certain is a boy – will be the 8th child for Rod, who is dad to Alastair as well as 6 children from previous relationships ranging in age from 15 to 46 years old.
Penny says that she has no concerns about Rod becoming a father again in his mid-sixties, revealing “All the tests he’s had show he’s fitter than the average 45-year-old.”
Thanks to Marilyn for the tip!