Vicky Pattison has revealed she will start freezing her eggs next month because she ‘would love to have a baby’ in the next five years.
The former Geordie Shore star, 34, shared her fertility concerns and told how it’s ‘really scary’ that her eggs are ‘classed as geriatric’ due to her age as she detailed her plans to start a family with fiancé Ercan Ramadan after their wedding.
Speaking on Thursday’s Loose Women, Vicky said she and Ercan – who she has been dating for three years – plan to tie the knot in 2024 and hope to have a baby soon after.
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Baby: Vicky Pattison has spoken about her plans to freeze her eggs as she wants to have a child just before she’s 40, but admitted doctors told her that her eggs are ‘geriatric’
But Vicky, who is set to turn 35 in November, admitted her fears about freezing her eggs after doctors told her that her eggs are classed as ‘geriatric’.
Geriatric pregnancy is a rarely-used term for having a baby over the age of 35, as it is considered the age when fertility begins to decline more rapidly.
Speaking about her plans to freeze her eggs, Vicky said: ‘Our plan is we’re going to get married probably 2024 now, let everybody who had Covid-cancelled weddings catch up. But we’re going to start the egg freezing process in October this year.
‘It’s really scary, do you know my eggs are classed as geriatric? I feel like they’re lovely little eggs, but yeah they are classed as geriatric.
Couple: The former Geordie Shore star, 34, has said she plans to start freezing her eggs in October and wants to have a baby after she marries her fiancé Ercan Ramadan
‘I don’t think lasses are aware of how difficult it becomes to get pregnant, conceive naturally and have healthy pregnancies after the age of about 30! I’m flying the flag.’
Vicky went on to explain why she wants to wait a few years before having a baby, saying that her relationship with Ercan is still new and she wants to enjoy it first.
‘Even though I love Ercan, our relationship is still in its infancy, we’ve only been together three years,’ she said.
‘I just would love the chance to enjoy every stage naturally, before I go and add sleepless nights and a permanently crying bundle of joy.’
Big plans: Speaking on Thursday’s Loose Women, Vicky said she and Ercan – who she has been dating for three years – plan to tie the knot in 2024 and hope to have a baby soon after
The TV personality said that she hopes to have a baby just before she turns 40, as she spoke about how she has changed her mind about having children.
She said: ‘I would love to have a baby just before I’m 40, so just after we’re married, but who is to say what is going to happen.’
Speaking to the Loose Women panel, Vicky said she didn’t think she wanted children when she was younger, and spoke openly about it when she was 28 years old.
She said she had ‘different’ priorities in her 20s, but also admitted that her main reason for not wanting kids was her fear that they would be ‘predetermined alcoholics’.
Worries: But Vicky, who is set to turn 35 in November, admitted her fears about freezing her eggs after doctors told her that her eggs are classed as ‘geriatric’
In her recent documentary Alcohol, Dad And Me, Vicky admitted her fears that she would become an alcoholic like her father John, and said she was concerned about her own children feeling the same way.
But speaking on Loose Women, Vicky said she changed her mind about children after she did more research about alcoholism, despite being ‘absolutely convinced’ she wouldn’t have kids when she was younger.
She said: ‘I was deep-down so worried that I was going to have children like me, who felt in some way broken or like they were predetermined alcoholics, like my dad was. I’ve had a change of heart, I’ve learnt more about the illness, I’ve grown up a lot.’
After the release of her Channel 4 documentary, said she finds it ‘painful’ to watch Geordie Shore as she reflected on her and her father’s relationship with alcohol.
Romance: Vicky went on to explain why she wants to wait a few years before having a baby, saying that her relationship with Ercan is still new and she wants to enjoy it first
The reality star starred on the MTV series about hard-drinking Newcastle natives from 2011 until 2014.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast with Ben Thompson and Victoria Fritz last month, Vicky revealed how that version of herself no longer exists.
Vicky began: ‘Everyone will assume they know all there is to know about me but this [the documentary] was pivotal, this is different, it wasn’t so much honest as it was raw, it was hard.
‘People used to watch Geordie Shore and think that they had me all figured out but 100 hours of footage go into 42 minutes of show.
Family: Vicky admitted she has changed her mind about having kids because her main reason for not wanting children was her fear that they would be ‘predetermined alcoholics’
‘They were seeing a very small glimpse and probably a version of me that doesn’t even exist anymore.’
Vicky detailed how she now finds it painful to watch back episodes of the MTV reality show as she added: I found it really painful… and that’s not just the fashion choices. My behaviour as well, I’ve grown up a lot.
‘I think it’s a huge transitional period for anyone between your early 20s and your early 30s but I did my growing up in the public eye which forces you to grow up a lot faster.
‘There’s real elements of myself and who I was then or at least who I was becoming that I’m really not proud of and I’m very pleased I’ve managed to charter a different course for myself.’
Alcoholic: In her recent documentary Alcohol, Dad And Me, Vicky admitted her fears that she would become an alcoholic like her father John (pictured)
Speaking of her father’s addiction, she said: ‘When your a child you assume that what your childhood is, is completely normal it was only when I became an adult myself, when my friends had children that I realised that there’s different ways of doing things.
‘I know the experience is mine but I know I’m not the only one, one in five children grow up with an alcoholic parent.’
Vicky spoke of winning I’m A Celebrity in 2015, adding that she realised she had a problem with alcohol as she used it to settle her nerves.
‘I think everyone assumed that I was riding high and having a good time and I was, but I felt so undeserving, like imposter syndrome,’ she said.
Vicky Pattison ‘really not proud of’ who she was on Geordie Shore
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‘When I came out I struggled and I thought I’m going to ruin it if I’m not careful.
‘It’s easy to blame my complicated relationship with alcohol on Geordie Shore but that wasn’t true, I had an underlying problem.’
But Vicky said she no longer reaches for a drink to calm her nerves – and she has credited her fiancé Ercan Ramadan with helping her.
She told the Mirror: ‘If we had met 10 years younger, we just wouldn’t have worked at all, I probably would’ve thought he was boring. But he’s exactly what I need, he provides me with a sense of calm.’
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Past behaviour: After the release of her Channel 4 documentary, said she finds it ‘painful’ to watch Geordie Shore as she reflected on her and her father’s relationship with alcohol