Jessica Brown Findlay is pregnant! Downton Abbey star debuts her bump at the closing ceremony of Venice International Film Festival – after revealing she had four rounds of IVF
- Jessica, 32, confirmed her pregnancy by revealing her bump at the event
- The actress previously revealed she had undergone four rounds of IVF treatment
- She shared her fertility journey with her social media followers in a candid post
- Jessica shared a sped-up video of her injecting the hormones into her stomach
- Jessica tied the knot with husband Ziggy in a low-key wedding in 2020
Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay is pregnant!
The actress, who played Lady Sybil in the period drama, cradled her baby bump as she attended the closing ceremony of Venice International Film Festival on Saturday – announcing the news that she is expecting with her husband Ziggy Heath.
Jessica, 32, previously revealed she had undergone four rounds of IVF treatment in the hopes of having her first child, as she shared her fertility journey with her social media followers in a candid post earlier this year.
Congratulations! Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay is pregnant
At the ceremony, Jessica looked incredible in a dramatic strapless black gown with shimmering details and matching heels as she graced the red carpet.
Jessica completed her glamorous ensemble with a pair of leather gloves and accessorising with dazzling silver jewellery.
The beauty opted for a bronzed makeup palette which accentuated her natural features while styling her brunette locks straight.
The Venice Film Festival is the world’s oldest and was first founded in 1932, celebrating filmmaking from around the world.
Attracting the biggest stars it’s held annually on the island of the Lido in the Venice Lagoon.
Stunning: The actress, who played Lady Sybil in the period drama, cradled her blossoming baby bump as she attended the closing ceremony of Venice International Film Festival on Saturday
Glam: The 32-year-old looked incredible in a structured black gown with shimmering details and matching heels as she graced the red carpet
Gorgeous: The beauty opted for a bronzed makeup palette which accentuated her natural features while styling her brunette locks straight
Jessica previously revealed she was undergoing IVF treatment with her husband Ziggy.
She shared insight into her fertility struggles with a candid Instagram post to celebrate International Women’s Day, along with a video of her applying hormone injections.
Jessica tied the knot with husband Ziggy in a low-key wedding in 2020 with just 30 guests in attendance due to Covid restrictions, three years after meeting on the Hulu drama Harlots.
Stylish: Jessica completed her glamorous ensemble with a pair of leather gloves and accessorising with dazzling silver jewellery
Big role: Jessica shot to fame as Lady Sybil Crawley in Downton Abbey, with her character dying in childbirth in series three (pictured with Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in the drama)
In the post Jessica shared a sped-up video of her injecting the hormones into her stomach, which typically increases the number of eggs produced by the ovaries.
The star shared an impassioned caption reminding her followers that ‘their bodies are not the enemy,’ while also revealing she’s on her fourth round of IVF treatment.
She wrote: ‘Happy International Women’s day! We do hard things and then go dancing x
Open: The actress married Ziggy in September 2020, after they met while filming the Hulu series Harlots in 2017 (pictured in January 2020)
‘IVF has made me even more aware of just how much women are capable of and what we can achieve whilst going through pain and heart break.
‘Your body is not the enemy. Love it. No matter what. Sending love and support to every woman I have ever met and all the ones I haven’t but know what this is.
‘I thoroughly recommend doing it all in Vintage Clothing. Love. Love. Love.’
Candid: Jessica previously revealed she was undergoing IVF treatment with her husband Ziggy Heath
In-vitro fertilisation, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant, and is typically used when a couple is unable to conceive naturally.
Typically women are asked to inject themselves with a follicle stimulating hormone to increase the number of eggs available to boost the chances of success.
The sperm and egg are then removed from the bodies of a man and woman, before seing combined in a laboratory, and the embryo is then inserted back into the woman.
How does IVF work?
In-vitro fertilisation, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.
It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally, and a sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and combined in a laboratory before the embryo is inserted into the woman.
Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should continue as normal.
The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or those from donors.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that IVF should be offered on the NHS to women under 43 who have been trying to conceive through regular unprotected sex for two years.
People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures published in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.
The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are about 29 per cent, with the chance of a successful cycle reducing as they age.
Around eight million babies are thought to have been born due to IVF since the first ever case, British woman Louise Brown, was born in 1978.
Chances of success
The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the cause of the infertility (if it’s known).
Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.
IVF isn’t usually recommended for women over the age of 42 because the chances of a successful pregnancy are thought to be too low.
Between 2014 and 2016 the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:
29 per cent for women under 35
23 per cent for women aged 35 to 37
15 per cent for women aged 38 to 39
9 per cent for women aged 40 to 42
3 per cent for women aged 43 to 44
2 per cent for women aged over 44