Tania's donor egg mir­a­cle TWINS AT 48!

Who Dares Wins star Tania Zaetta’s biggest gg vic­tory of all – mother­hood!

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Royal News -

Tania Zaetta mad made her name over­see­ing crazy, incredible chal­lenges challe on TV. But noth­ing p pre­pared her for the shock disco dis­cov­ery she had left it too late to have ha a baby nat­u­rally, when she an and part­ner Chris Rogers de­cided to take the first step to­wards pare par­ent­hood three years ago. “I drove home in tears t to Chris and he was ju just so beau­ti­ful and supp sup­port­ive,” re­mem­bers Tania Tania, 48, who wanted to te tell her in­spi­ra­tional sto story in Woman’s Day to de­bunk “fer­til­ity myths” she feels cost some women wome their chance of mothe mother­hood.

THE ONLY OPTOPTION

“It’s very con­fronting con­fronti when you hear the numb num­ber and qual­ity of your eggs is quite low at 45. But there w were so many woman claim­ing claimi mir­a­cle ba­bies at 45, I just tho thought it would hap­pen quite quit eas­ily. “But for lots of wom women it doesn’t. To be able to have an egg donor baby, tha that’s the mir­a­cle to me.” Tania says she al­way al­ways knew she wanted to have chil­dren, ch but was also deter­mined to t wait to have ba­bies when the time was right. “I was al­ways go go­ing to be a mum, but I was sin­gle for a long time, and I wanted to wait for the right man – and Chris was the right man,” she says.

And it re­ally was a case of love at first sight for Tania when she spot­ted Chris, who is 13 years her ju­nior, dur­ing a girls pam­per­ing week­end at the fa­mous Penin­sula Hot Springs on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula al­most seven years ago.

“This gor­geous man walked by and we locked eyes and that was it,” she smiles, ex­plain­ing that it was only a mat­ter of three dates be­fore she de­cided to move from the Gold Coast to the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula to be with Chris. “I came for a visit and never left!”

With “beau­ti­ful old soul” Chris happy to sup­port any choice she made af­ter Tania came to terms with her fer­til­ity heartache, the TV star spent the next two years con­sid­er­ing her choices and re­search­ing op­tions – in se­cret.

“I’m a very pri­vate per­son, so I just sat back and lis­tened to ev­ery­one’s sto­ries, and I had a lot of friends do­ing IVF, but not

‘I was sin­gle for a long time, and I wanted to wait for the right man’

nec­es­sar­ily suc­cess­fully,” she ex­plains, adding that she even­tu­ally de­cided an egg donor was the only op­tion.

Tania says she made the de­ci­sion af­ter read­ing about co­me­dian Mary Cous­tas and TV star So­nia Kruger’s fer­til­ity chal­lenges and their joy af­ter giv­ing birth to their daugh­ters, at 49, with the help of donor eggs.

EX­CEP­TION­ALLY LUCKY

“That was a game changer for me and it helped with my de­ci­sion,” says the star, who also made it big in Bol­ly­wood.

“I re­ally res­onated with So­nia’s story be­cause, like me, she is very fit and healthy, yet she was very open with her story and in re­mind­ing women you’re only born with a cer­tain amount of eggs – and they ex­pire.”

Tania re­serves her high­est praise for lead­ing fer­til­ity ex­pert Dr Nick Lo­lat­gis, who helped Mary Cous­tas con­ceive in 2014 with a donor egg. “I call him the baby maker,” says Tania. He told her from the out­set very few women over 45 fall preg­nant with­out a donor egg.

With his sup­port, Tania and Chris went to Greece five months ago af­ter de­cid­ing she wanted an anony­mous donor rather than a friend or rel­a­tive. There they were matched with a donor who re­sem­bled Tania.

“We didn’t tell any­one ex­cept my mum Heather be­cause I didn’t want that ex­tra pres­sure,” she says, adding she had two donor eggs im­planted, hop­ing one may re­sult in their longed­for baby. “I was ex­cep­tion­ally lucky be­cause it worked the first time with IVF.”

POS­I­TIVE THINK­ING

Tania sup­ported her med­i­cal mir­a­cle with Chi­nese herbs, acupunc­ture and or­ganic food, but also “willed this to hap­pen with pos­i­tive think­ing”. When she found she was preg­nant two weeks af­ter the pro­ce­dure, she was blown away.

“I had tears of joy rolling down my face, and when the 12-week scan showed a sec­ond heart­beat, it was ab­so­lutely incredible. We haven’t found out the sex of the two ba­bies yet or de­cided on names. We just call them Lefty and Righty!”

The mum-to-be is 20 weeks preg­nant.

It was love at first sight when Tania met Chris.

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