Natalie Imbruglia, 46, says she gives her number to women considering IVF

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Natalie said she gives her phone number to women who are considering IVF after becoming a “trailblazer” for the process.

The former Neighbours star, who welcomed her first child, a son called Max, in 2019 using IVF and a sperm donor, said women often seek her out for advice.

Speaking on Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s podcast Spinning Plates, the 46-year-old said: “I think what's important on the journey is to have support.

“So, if I ever meet even strangers at a dinner party and they're talking about wanting to do IVF, I give them my number and say 'ask me anything,' because it would have been really nice to have that.

“And these women well up because there's some kind of weird taboo around it.

“I think for a lot of women it's kind of like 'oh can I talk to you' and they come up to me like that. It's like I've become a trailblazer and I wasn't even trying to be.”

Natalie, who was 44 when she gave birth to Max, added: “You wouldn't think (there's a taboo) until you're in that situation.

“I felt like I didn't know what I was going to get back at me in terms of judgement.

“But, in the end, I have received nothing but love, nothing but support, nothing but encouragement and that has been really reassuring.”

The former X Factor judge revealed in July 2019 that she was expecting when she shared a photo of her blossoming bump with fans.

She wrote: “'No I haven't swallowed a watermelon. I’m expecting my first child this Autumn.

"For those of you that know me, this has been something I have wanted for a very long time and I’m blessed that this is possible with the help of IVF and a sperm donor – I won’t be saying anything more on that publicly.”

After giving birth she shared an adorable photo of the tot holding her finger, telling fans: "Welcome to the world.. Max Valentine Imbruglia….My heart is bursting #myboy."

What is IVF and how does it work?

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a technique available privately, or on the NHS to help people with fertility issues have a baby.

The process works by implanting a fertilised egg, called an embryo, into a woman's womb to grow and develop.

It can be carried out using your eggs and your partner's sperm, or eggs and sperm from donors.

The process doesn't always result in pregnancy, and it can be both physically and emotionally demanding.

For more information please visit the NHS website.

Stunning Natalie has enjoyed a string of high profile romances over the years including Friends star David Schwimmer, Nigel Godrich of Radiohead and soul legend Lenny Kravitz.

The star met her ex-husband Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns in 1999 and the pair wed in 2003 but split and got divorced in 2008.

Fans of Natalie’s music will be happy to hear the singer is back performing this autumn with gigs around the country and the release of her new album Firebird on 24th September.

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