The path to motherhood wasn’t exactly a smooth one for R&B singer Mariah Carey. The new mom – who had fraternal twins Monroe and Moroccan via C-section in April 2011 – claims that enduring the emotional trauma of a miscarriage before she became pregnant with her twins was “really tough” and inspired her to change her lifestyle.
Not only did the Precious actress use acupuncture methods to relax but she decided to use fertility treatments to try to get pregnant again.
“The main thing I did that was tough, was to go on progesterone like every month… and then when I was pregnant, I had to stay with the progesterone for 10 weeks,” she explains to Barbara Walters in an 20/20 exclusive interview. “It minimizes the chance of miscarriage by 50 percent.”
Thankfully, the treatments were a huge success and at age 40, Mariah and her Drumline actor hubby Nick Cannon, 31, learned that they were happily expecting twins!
The concept of marriage was also something that Mariah struggled with as a result of her relationship with record executive Tommy Mottola, the man who discovered her.
Although she claims that experience made her “afraid of the concept of marriage,” Mariah feels that she is definitely lucky in love the second time around.
“This is a different situation and … I’m a different person,” she says. “It’s a different time in my life. And nobody will ever be able to steal my spirit again. So I’m just happy to be in love and to be here. ”
Both Mariah and Nick admit to being impulsive regarding their marriage to each other after only weeks of dating. However, the cute couple decided to throw caution to the wind when Nick – who is 11 years younger than Mariah – proposed to the pop diva in the Moroccan room of her home, the inspiration to their son’s name. The couple married in April of 2008.
It’s not a huge surprise that the twins may be following in their mother’s talented footsteps in the music department!
“They’re incredible,” Mariah claims. “But I will say that they really respond to music.”
Although the entertainment business is nothing short of a lucrative career, proud papa Nick wants to make sure he puts education before entertainment.
“I want to make sure we get education first,” the America’s Got Talent host says. “Society puts too much on entertainment and entertainers. They praise them like they’re royalty, especially in America, where it should really be about the teachers or, you know, the doctors. I want them to be able to sing as beautifully as their mother. I want them to be able to play instruments and everything. But I want them like … ‘Go get a Ph.D’”
And “Roc and Roe” – the babies’ nicknames – are “little geniuses” according to their daddy’s rave reviews.
Tune into Barbara’s exclusive interview with Mariah and Nick plus see “dem babies’” faces for the first time on 20/20 Friday at 10 p.m. ET.View Slideshow »»