Celeb mums leave stars opened-mouthed when they step out days after giving birth with flat tummies, now one doctor has given a peep behind the curtain claiming that they might not have been pregnant in the first place.
Some A-listers give their post-baby diet tips and reveal how they’ve managed to drop the pounds, but Los Angeles-based Dr Vicken Sahakian has claimed that he has clients begging him to find suitable surrogates so they can keep their bodies in shape.
The likes of Lucy Liu, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Giuliana Rancic have spoken about being able to have children using a surrogate, but some Hollywood stars prefer to pretend but choose not to give birth for the sake of their careers.
The phenomenon is now known as “social surrogacy” and it involves healthy and fertile women, who are handpicking surrogates so they can avoid pregnancy and labour so they can maintain their figures and bounce back to work.
In Jodie Marsh’s new documentary, Making Babies, Dr Sahakian said: “Typically these are women who prefer not to get pregnant and not to go though the process of pregnancy for many different reasons.
“For instance if you are a model or an actress and your income is based on performing and how you look and pregnancy will ruin that for year, if not more.”
Dr Sahakian, who works at the Pacific Fertility Center, is said to have performed over 6,000 IVF procedures and has been behind over 3,000 births and has become the go-to doctor for those opting for ‘social surrogacy’.
He won’t reveal any names, but he does claim that some of his famous clients have used fake bumps to pretend they are pregnant.
Shocked Jodie was in disbelief as she asked: “So some have used a surrogate then stuffed a pillow up their jumper?”
Dr Sahakian confirmed it as he said: “We are talking about well-known women.
“It would be taboo for them to admit they used a social surrogate. I have had a couple of patients who pretended they were pregnant, yes.”
While Jodie insisted that the ‘social surrogacy’ route was not for her, Dr Sahakian can see the advantages for women who depend on their appearance to make money.
“Who cares what people think? Do what is best for you,” he said.