Jennifer Zamperelli has spoken openly about her regret at having her “tubes tied” and the lack of support for women making the decision.
The radio host underwent the procedure after being “so ill” during both of her pregnancies.
Jennifer shared her experience with Amy Huberman on the ALDI Mamia&Me Podcast.
“I’ve wanted to get pregnant since I was 18, but it didn’t happen to me until I was 33,” she said.
“I wanted lots of kids, but Lauterio was adamant that we only had two – I would have only had six.”
Jennifer has been married to stunt performer Lauterio since 2014 and the couple have two children together: Florence, 6, and Enzo, 3.
The RTÉ star admitted she asked for tube surgery after Enzo was born.
“I’ve been so sick during my pregnancies, I said to the surgeon, while you’re down there you can too!
“I don’t think it was the right time to decide to have my tubes tied when I was so sick from my pregnancy. In hindsight it was the right decision, but at the time I really regretted doing it.”
Jennifer said there isn’t enough support for women considering the surgery — and men who get vasectomies have it a lot easier.
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“What I found quite odd was that when a guy gets ‘the snip,’ he’s offered a lot of chats to make him think about it,” she told host Amy.
“But this was thrown at me in my worst possible state.
“I haven’t thought about it enough. It’s not like ‘the cut’ – it’s irreversible, it’s a big thing to do. That was difficult.
“Once men have done it, it’s very easy to undo it. If women did it – it’s not.
“If I wanted to go down the route of having another baby, we would have to consider IVF or other options. There’s a lot of things people need to be aware of because it’s such a big decision to make.
“My advice to other women is that if you’re going through a really difficult pregnancy or you’re ill, don’t make lifelong decisions,” Jennifer urged.
“I’m really happy that I only have two children now. But who says down the line that I won’t foster or adopt — that might be an option.”
Jennifer is soon returning to host the next season of Dancing with the Stars with a new co-host – another RTÉ radio host – Doireann Garrihy.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/jennifer-zamparelli-reveals-regrets-of-having-her-tubes-tied-at-wrong-time-42084873.html Jennifer Zamparelli regrets having her ‘tubes’ tied off at the wrong time