Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson shocked her fans last month when she announced she was suspending her UNBREAKABLE Tour to start a family at age 49.

On May 4, Entertainment Tonight broke the news that Jackson was pregnant with her first child.

Due to her advanced age, many assumed that the pop icon followed in the footsteps of other middle aged celebrities who conceived their babies through In vitro fertilization.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is an expensive process by which a woman's eggs are harvested from her ovaries and fertilized in a lab before being implanted in her uterus. But in most cases, a woman's eggs aren't viable because they are too old and chromosomally defective.

According to the Daily Beast blog, at age 49, Jackson's eggs were not viable for IVF. So a donor egg from a younger woman was fertilized by sperm from her billionaire husband, Wissam Al Mana, and implanted in her womb.

This explains why many many celebrities in their late 30s and 40s give birth to babies who look like their husbands but show no resemblance to them.

The Daily Beast -- So what are the chances that the average woman over age 45 will get pregnant? Pretty good, but with a big catch: She will need to use donor eggs from a younger woman, a procedure that costs about $30,000—and is rarely, if ever, covered by health insurance.

In donor egg IVF, another woman provides the eggs, but the intended mother carries the baby and gives birth. The sperm usually comes from the woman’s husband, because men’s fertility typically doesn’t decline as much with age.

The good news is that donor egg IVF is often successful—54 percent of attempts end in the birth of a baby, or as high as 75 percent at the best fertility clinics. By comparison, IVF for women 43 and older using their own eggs results in a baby only about 4 percent of the time.

Why the big difference? An older woman is just as capable of carrying a baby, but her eggs are exponentially more likely to have chromosomal abnormalities, and an embryo with a chromosomal mistake can’t make a healthy baby.

Photo: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Whatever .... in rotation (see slip) https://youtu.be/p5RobDomh5U

  • A D N

    Aging is so unfair... I wish her luck.

  • shell

    Smh...

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    I know some older women who had their own kids who were healthy. Heck, that 19 kids and counting lady's eggs are never going to expire! Good luck to Janet.

  • Disappointed

    I believe Janet froze her eggs years ago, so she is probably carrying her own child under strict doctor care.

  • iWasteTime

    Janet is carrying her own baby or her grandchild/child now.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    According to the Daily Beast blog, at age 49, Jackson’s eggs were not viable for IVF.
    -
    I COULD AGREE...BUT SARAH HAD A BABY AT 90 SO... -BLACK JESUS SHRUG-

  • MissyJ

    Or she froze her eggs long time ago when she was considering have JD baby

  • MissHarlem

    Will not feed into the hype of another woman's uterus. She's having a baby good luck and congrats. Won't be the first nor the last.

  • MissyJ

    According to the Daily Beast blog, at age 49, Jackson’s eggs were not viable for IVF.

    ----------------------------------

    But Daily Beast ain't eem said anything like that...

  • stanhope

    That makes all of the sense in the world. Janet has tremendous resources, is nobody's dummy and access to incredible medical talent. Of course she froze her eggs.

  • GuestSTAR

    Congrats to Janet and her husband. Hope they have a healthy baby.

  • Kanyade

    JTs eyes. O-O

  • stav

    I don't believe this, Halle Berry was 47, and there has been women even older than that. I'm certain no one knows her medical history or her situation except for her own physician or gynecologist.

  • Handle your issues

    My mom had a baby at 50.......and she wasn't even trying. As long as you have eggs and a cycle you can STILL have children.

  • Nina Ross

    She probably had her eggs frozen

  • hotntot95

    Hold UP!!...lol, I get where you're goin..

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Wow thats amazing

  • Jay

    If she was going to go that route, then why wouldn't she have the younger woman carry the baby as well?

  • SameoleJ

    Go Janet and Wasim....going to be a beautiful baby!! Can't wait to see the little hand or foot, since this is the trend now to only show the appendages of the baby.

  • Jusstlookn

    She will have the stretch marks, the morning sickness, and the joys of carrying the baby.

  • Jusstlookn

    That tickled me...Hand or foot

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Or grainy pictures

  • iWasteTime

    I believe that she has a daughter with Debarge. So maybe she got a egg from her ...lolol

  • AnonymousRose

    But in most cases, a woman’s eggs aren’t viable because they are too old and chromosomally defective.

    ME all day.... I think, going to my doctor next week, cant risk getting preggo.ughhh

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Let me go find what had me ? about Janet and her 1st child

  • Shana

    Good Luck!

  • Shana

    Poor Janet - ain't nothing like letting someone PUT ONE UP IN YA!

  • justice4all04

    Grand child lmbooooo

  • Rob

    So…we are eliminating the possibility that she harvested her eggs years ago? I mean, she's always wanted children, so why isn't this even conceivable?

  • Vonn

    Or back of the head.

  • Rob

    That's what I was thinking.

  • Jusstlookn

    you sound reasonable, and this Friday; Sandra ain't having it.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Lol. Everybody knows *phaedra* this is her 2nd bit congrats either way.

  • justice4all04

    Lmboooo

  • SameoleJ

    Or when they show him'her they will have one short arm!!

  • SameoleJ

    Taken with a flip phone or papi store camera.

  • Vonn

    Cuz it's the Daily Dummy rag. They are not exactly reputable. Folks with good sense know better

  • SameoleJ

    Either this is bs or somebody done seriously violated some HIPPA rules!!

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Standing 10 feet back while holding the baby lengthwise wrapped in 3 blankets

  • product of 79

    Auntie... You tryna say she pullin a MJ(?)... she got sense so she put those eggs in the freezer for now,50 ain't no spring chicken ? but seeing as her parents still alive and kicking she'll be jus fine... And she looked freakin GOOD for 50... Wish her well ?

  • PettyEyezPrime

    They all in her uterus.

  • MissHarlem

    Give us free ?

  • BlueCandy

    Exactly, she was prepared for this!

  • ShWa

    Best of luck to her and hubby!

  • Lainy

    She froze her eggs she wasn't stupid

  • Vonn

    Turrable, just turrable!

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Did JD ever cover up that tattoo he got of her? Wow, he must be feeling like a fool right about now. She moved all the way on from him.

  • ReadingUfromTX

    I already see where this is going another Beyonce- esque baby drama in the making. So lets stop with the foolishness now.

    Aint no way in hell Janet is carrying somebody else's baby being that she almost 50 AND has access to a billion dollars. She would of just went the surrogacy route if thats the case.

  • Blue

    I Wish She Would Carry Me and Call Me Baby. There. I fixed the headline on this. No charge Aunty.

  • melissaisasnob

    Maybe she had her eggs preserved years ago.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Yay!! I have to think of a power couple name for them

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    NOT JUST ON BUT UP THO

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    JOE AND MISS KATIE STILL KICKING...AGREEED!

  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    You would think Janet would've had a baby like years ago I mean after all them freaky ass songs she been singing it's only now she gets popped? Dafuk

  • Phillybruh

    Janet's about 5 months now this kids due in August/Sept. I'm sure they have the money too search high and low in her uterus for a viable egg they used if they went that route.

  • charallday

    I think so too, I do remember her saying th st even she dated JD.

  • Liah

    Any Way Congrats Janet!

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    I think that's the best revenge, even if you are not trying to get revenge, is to move on to a better, happier and peaceful situation. Every time I see my daughter's father, I just smile and wave. It feels so good to not have one emotion in my body for people in my past because my current situation is a blessing beyond what I ever thought.

  • Phillybruh

    Rumor has it she miscarried during the Rock with you Tour which was the cause for the cancellation and then he went off and knocked up a stripper.

  • charallday

    Wth is a papi store camera? Lol

  • ReadingUfromTX

    That is a plausible option. No matter how it was conceived, the fact is that its her biological baby...not some random...IJS

  • PettyEyezPrime

    OT: did anyone see the drama between (LHHH) Milan, Miles and Sundy? Pure comedy.

  • Finding Forever…

    NOOOOOOOO, but TELL ME MORE...TELL ME MORE...PLLLLEASE, OF COURSE ;)

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    SEW DO THEY THAW THESE EGGS BEFORE ADDING SPERM?

  • nicelyput32

    Whose baby has a short arm?

  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    Well dayumm! Oh and Rrumor also has it that she got a daughter by one of her previous husbands but then again will we ever know? sigh

  • PettyEyezPrime

    I believe this is what started it

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    ???

  • Finding Forever…

    How successful will I be, if I set up a gofund JUST for the retrieval & freezing of my eggs? People are making funds request for trips to attend Prince's funeral & using donated funds to purchase new whips, LOL. Might make off better just asking for some sperm & a turkey baster...cheaper anyway.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    I saw it. Crazy. I was not aware she had blasted her daughter like that. A mess. Both of em are a mess?

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    THEY SAID SHE FROZE EM...I JUST WANT THE INFORMATION

  • Ni Ni

    "So what are the chances that the average woman over age 45 will get pregnant? Pretty good, but with a big catch: She will need to use donor eggs from a younger woman"

    I don't agree. I know several women who have gotten pregnant in their early to late 40s without it. They've had healthy, normal looking babies, most weren't trying. Could the reason that these celebs are having so much trouble conceiving is because they stayed on birth control too long and it messed up something?

  • charallday

    Her song love u 4 life tells it all...hehehe

  • SG

    LOLl

  • charallday

    Chile...

  • AnonymousRose

    I have no Idea why she was with him, hell I kick it with him in my 20's ughhhh

  • Finding Forever…

    I wondered that, too...Was on depo for a minute & I still don't...how to put it nicely--huh, get a monthly visit with the previous pain I used to--A DAMN PERK, BUT H-O-P-E I AIN'T SCREWED MYSELF TWICE BEING CATIOUS CARRIE ;)

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Yes, it's a mess and it's over MILES! Is Sundy still married? Her husband I think said they're still together?

  • SG

    Donor egg babies don't look like their moms.....my baby came about the natural way and she looks nothing like me lol. Go figure

  • Phillybruh

    That is not a rumor, this child is early 30's by now she doesn't exsist.

  • Phillybruh

    That is not a rumor, this child is early 30's by now she doesn't exsist.

  • Phillybruh

    That is not a rumor, this child is early 30's by now she doesn't exsist.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    CHILE I SAW THE HUSBAND'S IG LIKE MONDAY...METHINKS MANUFACTURED FOR A CHECK

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    CHILE I SAW THE HUSBAND'S IG LIKE MONDAY...METHINKS MANUFACTURED FOR A CHECK

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    CHILE I SAW THE HUSBAND'S IG LIKE MONDAY...METHINKS MANUFACTURED FOR A CHECK

  • melissaisasnob

    The money isn't really there for gofundme. We hear about outliers only. There is some weird secret to who can get money from strangers.

  • melissaisasnob

    The money isn't really there for gofundme. We hear about outliers only. There is some weird secret to who can get money from strangers.

  • melissaisasnob

    The money isn't really there for gofundme. We hear about outliers only. There is some weird secret to who can get money from strangers.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    For Milan's dating show? What Miles and Sundy doing? Neither is on a show or are they?

  • PettyEyezPrime

    For Milan's dating show? What Miles and Sundy doing? Neither is on a show or are they?

  • PettyEyezPrime

    For Milan's dating show? What Miles and Sundy doing? Neither is on a show or are they?

  • HIS4EVA

    i just wanna say- i wish people wuld put they phones down and LIVE LIFE!

  • HIS4EVA

    i just wanna say- i wish people wuld put they phones down and LIVE LIFE!

  • HIS4EVA

    i just wanna say- i wish people wuld put they phones down and LIVE LIFE!

  • isis Osiris

    Unlikely, if she was using another womans eggs, she would just have gone the surrogate route.

  • Finding Forever…

    I laugh thinking of the show The Game & Eggs trying to steal Ding-Dong's (Derwin) sperm...IT'S REAL IN THESE STREETS, LOL...Bout to put out an ad for educated, employeed, family oriented, religious...etc, etc...man & steal the sperm, LOL--SOON TO BE DESPERATE TIMES CALL FOR DESPERATE MEASURES...

  • sunni_daze

    Maybe Janet froze her own eggs and I know women over 40 that have had kids the old fashion missionary way.

  • Michelle Peele

    I got the stretch marks and ain't pushed out nothing! LOL

  • sunni_daze

    It's a feel good song.

  • SameoleJ

    Blasted that child sumthin fierce, like she was a stranga!!

  • SameoleJ

    It was Saint West did.

  • Taylordanes

    yep my thoughts exactly!

  • Prettybootnikki

    I have a cousin who went to a sperm bank.

  • Taylordanes

    I like her hair in this pic.....she obviously had her eggs frozen!

  • devonia

    Wow! That is Wonderful. Happy Mother's Day to your mom. All things are possible through God.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    I could never? Family man?

  • Finding Forever…

    Was she successful in her efforts? Like low cost, sperm of her choosing, produced a healthy baby?

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    A mess...Married you say? Man?

  • ShelleDC

    She probably does have a child, but the one people keep pointing to that graduated from college last year is Randy's child.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    ???

  • Finding Forever…

    This World...3 people shot & 2 of them dead...Man STILL on the loose & possibly the same man that shot killed his wife outside of their kids high school in PG County...Right here @ Mother's Day...

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}
  • Prettybootnikki

    Yes. The kid is now close to four years old. He had a few sensitivity or allergic issues. Other than that he's fine. I don't recall how much it cost her. But I know it's prob over $10k I am thinking. Not sure if she saw the dads face. But I recall her saying she picked out of a book. And they also list history of health problems if any. He is biracial. Cute. But I worry a little about as he gets older and wants to know where he comes from.

  • Sainthella

    I'm sure Janet froze her eggs years ago

  • PettyEyezPrime

    I remember all this too. They don't have to do all that. A gay man fake dating a married woman who are BOTH feuding with the gay mans ex boyfriend while the husband is still claiming her is TOO DAMN MERCH!

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    Right, I highly doubt she left her younger years slip by without putting together how she was going to plan her family in her later years.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    New sad post

  • Jay

    I had a baby at 39, my cousin had one at 40. As long as you still have a cycle every month, you can get pregnant on your own.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    YUP Cedric Carter

  • ifixstudentloans

    She had the resources to have had her eggs frozen

  • Sainthella

    Exactly

  • nucynu25

    New post

  • CouldItBe

    Maybe she froze her own eggs years ago.

  • iWasteTime

    I'm staying down here!
    TF!!

  • hi-liter

    LIfe is so funny...............so a man's sperm doesn't deteriorate making him able to father a child into old age, with the help of Vi........but a woman's eggs will rot, however she can still get it popping into old age, she cant get pregnant, but her puzzy still works.........men cant get it up when they get old, but if the dack happens to rise, he can still make a baby?!?!......Lord, be an encyclopedia of life for me today.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Such a tragedy.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The cycle is not the issue. The problem is the age of the eggs being produced. Remember, human females are born with all of our eggs inside our ovaries. Over the span of our adult lives, most of our eggs are shed through the natural menstruation cycle. But by the time we reach 30, our eggs will have aged 30 years. Ideally a woman should be done having babies by age 30 because the eggs are old. That's why eggs aren't genetically viable after age 40 and definitely not by age 50. Something will be slightly off about those children born from old eggs.They will have poor eyesight or their hearing will be affected, etc.

  • ShelleDC

    Talking about pregnant, Did anyone notice Blac and Rob has announced her pregnancy via an Emoji ...... I guess Kylie and Tyga can;t date no mo lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    She needs to quit before she kills herself. Too many damn kids, one is perv.

  • hi-liter

    Say whut now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    She did. Janet will never tell the truth about that.

  • mscocopuff

    Sandra, aren't you a nurse? I thought it would be obvious to you that she had her eggs frozen. Many women are doing that and having children later. Especially these celebs with lots of $$$.

  • mscocopuff

    Sandra, aren't you a nurse? I thought it would be obvious to you that she had her eggs frozen. Many women are doing that and having children later. Especially these celebs with lots of $$$.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    Where is saint?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    Where is saint?

  • SameoleJ

    But Sandy one of your "loyal readers" said that eggs from mothers under the age of 35 are immature and produce immature kids. Said old eggs produce mature kids.

  • SameoleJ

    But Sandy one of your "loyal readers" said that eggs from mothers under the age of 35 are immature and produce immature kids. Said old eggs produce mature kids.

  • nicelyput32

    I forgot all about the baby. I guess much like Kim and Kanye

  • nicelyput32

    I forgot all about the baby. I guess much like Kim and Kanye

  • ShelleDC

    Yup she got an emoji deal, and her and Rob just posted her pregnant emoji on their page to announce it.

  • ShelleDC

    Yup she got an emoji deal, and her and Rob just posted her pregnant emoji on their page to announce it.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    -CHUCKLES-

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    -CHUCKLES-

  • hi-liter

    I just saw it. She Got'EM.

  • hi-liter

    I just saw it. She Got'EM.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    @SandraRose:disqus

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    @SandraRose:disqus

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    So Black Compton is preggo lmao

  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    lol yessss

  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    well like i said rumour has it either oh well *shrugs*

  • charallday

    Rofl yess, I remember that lol

  • ShelleDC

    And please add Tyga's congratulations to it

  • hi-liter

    So her and her bestie Amber is making the same emoji deals.....ok. Seems like it was in the plans for her to get pregnant since she put that emoji in her emoji deal lol...

  • Luvn_it

    Where in the article do they mention her name? Most importantly how would they know her eggs weren't available? Were they at doctor appointments with her? do they know someone personally who knows her who can back up this story with?. Or is just a gossip tabloid talking and their word being taken as truth.

  • ShelleDC

    She is a few moths pregnant and just signed the deal a week ago. So maybe maybe not. But hey Kim and The game got one too. A few other celebs have em too lol I think emojis are the in business venture.

  • tintin

    lmao hahhahhaa

  • Jay

    You sound crazy, while I missed 40 by a year, my son is in the accelerated program at school. Nothing wrong with his health. You generalize way too much because YOU believe that women should have children when they are younger.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I hope you're not referring to me. Blog rules prohibit name calling.

  • Tammie Reed

    Men go through NOTHING Its so unfair, I swear smh!!!!

  • JustB

    For some reason I can always tell when a kid has old parents...they just have that look to them...sorry...js

  • GuestSTAR

    I know someone who got pregnant naturally at 51. She was divorced, already had 2 kids and didn't think she could get pregnant because she didn't think she had any viable eggs left, even though she was menstruating every month. Because of her advanced age, she decided to discontinue the pregnancy tho.

  • imright

    whos 2 say WHEN she harvested her eggs? silly woman jus b makin sht up.

  • ?E?E?M?A

    You believe this because Janet talks to you every night huh? Wacko Jacko

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Duh!!!

    A woman's eggs turn to dust around 40 so you couldn't find shadows of Janet's.

  • Nita

    I thought about that story while I read this lol

  • Oya Shango

    She is better off using a surrogate and saving herself and her body the trauma of pregnancy and birth. Either way,that is not her biological child. It is her husband's biological child. She is merely the stepmother.

  • B.Loveitt

    I hear they do from my older sister and her older friends. I don't look forward to that phase because they stay on go. The husbands, fiance's and boyfriends not so much.

  • B.Loveitt

    IKR it's happening to a lot of advance age women <--Sandra please stop...please.

  • B.Loveitt

    Right and she said Michael told her a long time ago she should have kids, they would be beautiful he could just see them. How sweet. Awwww now I'm in my feelings.

  • http://disqus.com/ yoliewinecorporation

    Half of hundred to damn old

  • S. Williams

    they don't get hard anymore while we become more virile and lively in the bedroom. I'm alright with not having a pregnancy scare in my 40s and 50s. who in thee FUGG wanna raise a baby at grandma age?!

  • Sleepy One

    Exactly! Then she could've kept touring

  • Malik Okafor

    shee could have saved her eggs years ago in hope of giving birth later..but did she do gene selection, order a boy, light skinned baby with colored eyes etc,

  • Traci404

    Why couldn't Janet have had her eggs frozen, just for this occasion?
    If she got older and still wanted a baby.
    Many of the Hollywood starlets have already done this.

  • Shane

    She probably had her eggs frozen and are using

  • my bidness

    Yes they do produce afflicted babies too after a certain age .don't ever think they don't bcuz they do

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    We don't care. She's in love with her husband and about to become a mother, and that's all that matters. Go Janet!!

  • ebonics

    Whats the point of having a baby if its not of you thats so .. odd. I always heard she has a secret child waaay back in the day, wonder if thats true. So sad if her and Michael never have any children of their own to pass on their genes. Seems all the super talented ones never have offspring. I wish her and Prince, and Michael would have had an army to carry on the legacy.

  • Sheyonce

    Maybe I would believe this if I didn't have a friend who had both of her HEALTHY children in her 40s. *shoulder shrug*

    It's more probable that she froze her own eggs years ago. Either way, WHO CARES!! Congrats to them!

  • Renay Peters

    Whatever makes her happy. Shes lived her life and now she wants to create one. At least its not an unfortunate life born into perils of distress!

  • KcoolMuziq

    I believe that also! Janet is very smart & would NEVER use another woman's eggs.

    I'm really happy for her she is the only one left of my childhood idols.

  • SpiceGirl

    well...just read an Indian lady gave birth for the first time at the age of 72 by IVF.....smh....what doctor would do that ( money talks)

  • L. Jeeter, MSW

    I just need her to refund my money from this lame concert... :/

  • L. Jeeter, MSW

    I just need her to refund my money from this lame concert... :/

  • SehkmetGoddess

    Why couldnt she have used her own eggs? Frozen or what not.

  • SehkmetGoddess

    Why couldnt she have used her own eggs? Frozen or what not.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Maybe JJ had her own eggs frozen and re-implanted into her womb? She has enough money and the resources to use her own eggs....

  • Quitedeliteful

    Don't let men fool you! If they don't eat right and exercise they end up as limp as a wet noodle!!!