A 50-year-old woman has adopted twins despite doctors fearing that years of suffering from anorexia would have made her infertile.
Christine Forshaw, 50, of Epsom, Surrey, was on her fourth IVF trial and had spent about £ 20,000 on treatment when she welcomed her daughters Emily Tracey in April, who weighed 4 lb 12 oz and Grace Christine 5 lb 8 oz.
The customer service manager, who suffered from anorexia between the ages of 14 and 34, said doctors were unsure if she would be fertile because she had not had a normal menstrual period for years, and at her lowest she weighed close to only 4 stones.
After divorcing her husband of 10 months at 29 years old, she revealed that it was not until years later that she decided to undergo fertility treatment after talking to a friend about her desire to have children.
Christine Forshaw, 50, of Epsom, Surrey, welcomed daughters Emily Tracey, who weighed 4 lb 12 oz and Grace Christine 5 lb 8 oz (pictured) in April
Christine, who had struggled with anorexia since she was 14, decided to try IVF over 10 years after her divorce. Pictured: Christine on her wedding day
Christine was 46 years old when she had her first IVF trial in 2017 while undergoing private treatment at a clinic in London.
Christine said: ‘Dad is a sperm donor, I do not know who he is. But I chose him from a website. It’s a bit like Amazon.
‘You look at the criteria for the donor, all his information. I know his hair color, blood type and hobbies. His hair is dark brown, his eyes are green. You get a catalog number, put it in a basket and pay for it.
The 50-year-old paid £ 275 a year to store semen in a freezer while undergoing her treatments.
Christine admits that the ‘heart knot’ of three failed attempts almost made her give up her dreams of having a baby.
She said the fear of regretting that she did not give it another try spurred her on, and the doctors explained that they would put two eggs in and that there would be a 5 percent chance of twins.
Christine (pictured), who became pregnant on her fourth IVF trial, decided to keep her pregnancy secret until 26 weeks
Christine (pictured left, with a friend) had previously struggled with her weight while trying to achieve a figure like model Kate Moss
WHAT IS ANOREXIA?
Anorexia is an eating disorder and a mental disorder.
People diagnosed with it try to keep their weight as low as possible by eating little or excessive exercise.
Men and women can develop the disease, but it typically starts in their mid-teens.
Those with anorexia may have a distorted image of their body and think they are obese while actually being severely underweight.
Causes of the condition are unknown, but those with it either have low self-esteem, have a family history of eating disorders or feel pressured by society or the workplace.
Long-term health complications can include muscle and bone problems, loss of sex drive, kidney or bowel problems or having a weakened immune system.
Treatment for anorexia may include cognitive behavioral therapy.
After discovering her pregnancy with a home test, the clinic performed blood tests before confirming that IVF had worked.
‘I went back again at seven weeks for another check. When the doctor examined me, I said to him ‘oh, you want to tell me I have to have twins, right?’ When he said ‘yes’ I fell out of bed,’ Christine said.
Christine explained that she kept her pregnancy a secret from everyone except her best friend until 26 weeks because she was on guard that things could go wrong.
The divorcee must live with her parents, David, 82, and 77-year-old Val, before she begins looking for her own place.
Christine gave birth by caesarean section at 36 weeks after doctors found one of the babies was in the seat. Pictured: Christine after giving birth
She admitted she was worried about telling them she had “twins”, but her father assured her he just wants her to be happy.
The babies were born by caesarean section 36 weeks after doctors found one of them was in the seat. They had had an appointment on May 11, but Christine was admitted to Epsom District Hospital early and the twins were born on April 30. Emily first followed by Grace three minutes later.
The customer service manager overturned that her ‘life is now complete’.
Christine had weighed a healthy 8½ stone and was 5 feet 6 inches tall when her anorexia started when she was 14 years old, after an actress in the theater group made a direct comment and asked ‘you are the coolest in your family, are you not Christine ? ‘.
Christine was due to give birth on May 11, but was admitted to Epsom District Hospital early. In the picture: The twins after the birth
Her family began to worry as compulsive dieting and excuses for skipping meals caused her weight to drop.
Christine said: ‘Kate Moss was my ideal figure, but I knew I was thinner than her. But all I did was eat a few more coins.
“So the next day I would think my stomach was sticking out again.”
At the age of 24, her hair was thinner, she had hollow facial features and a skeletal frame, while she was wearing children’s clothes aged 11-12 years.
Christine, who weighed 8 stones when she became pregnant, said a friend helped her get her life back. Pictured: Christine’s twin daughters
She explained that her health improved after she got married at the age of 29, but she was soon at her ‘lowest’ again as the marriage only lasted 10 months.
Christine said a friend helped her get her life back, and by the time she turned 39, she was completely over her eating disorder.
She weighed a healthy 8 stones when she got pregnant and had also started performing again, after spending several months traveling in Australia.
‘I could never thank my friend enough. I’ve got another chance, now I have my girls and I can look forward to a wonderful future, “said Christine.
Christine said she has been given another chance and is looking forward to the future now that she has her daughters (pictured)