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Milla Jovovich’s Inspiring Fertility Journey

We follow Milla Jovovich's journey from motherhood, to complication, to motherhood again.

September 28, 2020
Katie Sabel

Milla Jovovich has led an incredible life, both as a mother and professionally. According to a Forbes article, in 2004 Jovovich was the second-highest paid model in the world. Not only that, she’s had a long career as an actress as well. You might recognize her from the Resident Evil film series, the hit comedy Zoolander,  or one of her dozens of other films.

Besides acting and modeling, she has also been pursuing music for some time. She was originally signed with SBK records in 1988, and she’s been releasing music ever since. Plus, she even launched a clothing line! Jovovich and fellow model Carmen Hawk collaborated on a line called Jovovich-Hawk in 2003. All of the dresses for that line were designed by the two models themselves. The two even worked together to design the costume for Jovovich’s character in Resident Evil: Extinction. Their collaboration later ended in 2008 when the project was demanding more time from them than they had to give. 

In 2009, Jovovich married her now-husband, film director Paul W.S. Anderson. The two in 2002 met while working on Resident Evil together, and were engaged on-and-off for some time before getting back together in 2007 tying the knot in 2009.

Family History

Actress Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson previously had two children together- Ever Gabo Anderson and Dashiel Edan Anderson (pictured above). They had Ever back in 2007, with Dashiel coming along in 2015. 

Their family is super close. As reported by GoodtoKnow, the four of them even share a bed together!

A Third on the Way

Back in 2017, Jovovich was pregnant with a third child. However, four months into the pregnancy, she went into preterm labor. She was on set in Eastern Europe shooting a movie at the time, and she had to undergo an emergency abortion. Two years after the event, she shared her story on instagram, describing it as a “horrific” experience. 

Since that post, she’s been outspoken about women’s rights to get an abortion. She writes, “When I think about the fact that women might have to face abortions in even worse conditions than I did because of new laws, my stomach turns.” 

Pregnant Again at 43

Milla Jovovich, pregnant, pouting for the camera while waiting in the car

A very pregnant Jovovich posing at the school drop-off. Image courtesy of @millajovovich on Instagram

In 2019, Jovovich became pregnant again- this time at 43. When she found out, though, she noted that she had some mixed feelings.  “Because of my age and losing the last pregnancy,” she writes, “I didn’t want to get attached to this potential baby too quickly[...] the last few months have been my family and I living on pins and needles waiting for a slew of different test results to come in and spending most of our time in doctors offices.” But, great news- everything was all clear!

Back in December of 2019, she wrote another update on her Instagram. Everything was going well this time around! She also noted that she had been erring on the side of caution and not “exercising during this pregancy like I did with the last” because she was worried about another miscarriage. 

Despite her worries, though, everything worked out in the end. On February 2nd, 2020, Jovovich gave birth to her and Anderson’s third child- a healthy baby daughter named Osian Lark Elliot Jovovich-Anderson.

Baby Osian sits on the bed, and stares intently at the camera as if taking a selfie
Baby Osian taking Mom’s camera for a spin on Insta! Image courtesy of @millajovovich on Instagram

Jovovich’s journey is inspiring for a number of reasons, not the least of which is because she defies the sort of myths we often hear about pregnancy. One of the big falsehoods that gets thrown around is that older women can’t get pregnant. Jovovich herself got pregnant at 43- which is much older than most women expect is possible. In reality, all that talk about losing your eggs if you don’t do something soon is more than likely to be an exaggeration. Yes, it may take more time to conceive if you’re over 35, but it’s not impossible to get pregnant! 

The other perception that Jovovich’s story flips on its head is the idea that an abortion will mess up future pregnancies. That’s definitely not the case. Abortion is very safe in countries where its legal, and won’t affect your ability to get pregnant in the future. 

But, probably the most inspiring thing from Jovovich’s story is that everyone’s fertility journey looks different! People find success in different ways, and with different amounts of time that it takes to conceive. So, if you’re trying to have a baby and are feeling a bit discouraged by the people around you having kids, don’t get too hard on yourself! You’ll get there eventually if you keep at it. 


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