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Anorexic Woman Whose Weight Dropped to Less Than 5 STONE Welcomes Twin Girls at Age 50

A 50-year-old woman has given birth to twins, despite doctors’ fears that years of anorexia could have left her infertile.

Christine Forshaw, 50, of Epsom, Surrey, was on her fourth attempt at IVF and had spent around £20,000 on treatment when she welcomed her daughters Emily Tracey weighing 4lb 12oz and Grace Christine 5lb 8oz in April.

The customer service representative, who suffered from anorexia between the ages of 14 and 34, said doctors weren’t sure she would be fertile because she hadn’t had a normal period in years and weighed nearly 4 pounds at her lowest weight.

After being separated from her husband of 10 months, 29 years old, she revealed that she decided to undergo fertility treatment only years later after talking to a friend about her desire to have children.

Christine Forshaw, 50, of Epsom, Surrey, welcomed daughters Emily Tracey weighing 4lb 12oz and Grace Christine 5lb 8oz (pictured) in April

Christine Forshaw, 50, of Epsom, Surrey, welcomed daughters Emily Tracey weighing 4lb 12oz and Grace Christine 5lb 8oz (pictured) in April

Christine, who had battled anorexia since she was 14, decided to try IVF more than 10 years after her divorce.  In the photo: Christine on her wedding day

Christine, who had battled anorexia since she was 14, decided to try IVF more than 10 years after her divorce.  In the photo: Christine on her wedding day

Christine, who had battled anorexia since she was 14, decided to try IVF more than 10 years after her divorce. In the photo: Christine on her wedding day

Christine was 46 years old when she had her first attempt at IVF in 2017, receiving private treatment at a clinic in London.

Christine said, ‘Dad is a sperm donor, I don’t know who he is. But I chose him from a website. It’s a bit like Amazon.

‘You look at the criteria for the donor, all his information. I know his hair color, blood type and hobbies. His hair is dark brown, his eyes are green. You get a catalog number, put it in a basket and pay for it.

The 50-year-old paid £275 a year to keep the sperm in a freezer while she was undergoing her treatments.

Christine admits that the “heartache” of three failed attempts nearly made her give up on her dream of having a baby.

She said the fear of regretting not trying again spurred her on, with medics explaining that they would lay two eggs in it and that there would be a 5 percent chance of twins.

Christine (pictured), who got pregnant on her fourth IVF attempt, decided to keep her pregnancy a secret until 26 weeks

Christine (pictured), who got pregnant on her fourth IVF attempt, decided to keep her pregnancy a secret until 26 weeks

Christine (pictured), who got pregnant on her fourth IVF attempt, decided to keep her pregnancy a secret until 26 weeks

Christine (pictured left, with friend) previously struggled with her weight while trying to achieve a figure like model Kate Moss

Christine (pictured left, with friend) previously struggled with her weight while trying to achieve a figure like model Kate Moss

Christine (pictured left, with friend) previously struggled with her weight while trying to achieve a figure like model Kate Moss

WHAT IS ANOREXIA?

Anorexia is an eating disorder and a mental illness.

People who have been diagnosed try to keep their weight as low as possible by eating little or excessive exercise.

Men and women can develop the disease, but it usually starts in the mid-teens.

People with anorexia may have a distorted view of their bodies, thinking they are fat, when in fact they are severely underweight.

The causes of the condition are unknown, but those with this condition either have low self-esteem, have a family history of eating disorders, or feel pressured by society or work.

Long-term health complications can include muscle and bone problems, loss of sex drive, kidney or gut problems, or a weakened immune system.

Treatment for anorexia may include cognitive behavioral therapy.

After finding out she was pregnant with a home test, the clinic performed blood tests before confirming that the IVF had worked.

‘At seven weeks I went back for another check-up. When the doctor examined me, I said to him ‘oh, you’re going to tell me I’m having twins, aren’t you?’ When he said yes, I fell off the bed,” Christine said.

Christine explained that she kept her pregnancy a secret from everyone except her best friend until 26 weeks because she was afraid things could go wrong.

The divorced woman moves in with her parents, David, 82, and 77-year-old Val, before looking for her own place.

Christine gave birth by cesarean section at 36 weeks after doctors determined one of the babies was breech.  In the photo: Christine after childbirth

Christine gave birth by cesarean section at 36 weeks after doctors determined one of the babies was breech.  In the photo: Christine after childbirth

Christine gave birth by cesarean section at 36 weeks after doctors determined one of the babies was breech. In the photo: Christine after childbirth

She admitted she was worried about telling them she had “twins,” but her father assured her that he just wants her to be happy.

The babies were born by cesarean section at 36 weeks after doctors determined one of them was breech. They were due May 11, but Christine was admitted to Epsom District Hospital earlier and the twins were born on April 30. Emily first, followed three minutes later by Grace.

The customer service administrator gushed that her “life is now complete.”

Christine weighed a healthy 8½ stone and was six feet tall when her anorexia started at age 14, after an actor in a theater group made a casual comment asking, ‘You’re the fattest in your family, aren’t you Christine? ‘.

Christine was due to give birth on May 11, but was admitted early to Epsom District Hospital.  In the photo: the twins after birth

Christine was due to give birth on May 11, but was admitted early to Epsom District Hospital.  In the photo: the twins after birth

Christine was due to give birth on May 11, but was admitted early to Epsom District Hospital. In the photo: the twins after birth

Her family began to worry when compulsive dieting and making excuses to skip meals made her lose weight.

Christine said, “Kate Moss was my ideal figure, but I knew I was thinner than her. But all I did was eat a few more mints.

“Then the next day I would think my stomach is sticking out again.”

By the age of 24, her hair had thinned, she had hollow features and a skeleton, while wearing children’s clothes aged 11-12.

Christine, who weighed 8 pounds when she became pregnant, said a friend helped her get her life back.  In the photo: Christine's twin daughters

Christine, who weighed 8 pounds when she became pregnant, said a friend helped her get her life back.  In the photo: Christine's twin daughters

Christine, who weighed 8 pounds when she became pregnant, said a friend helped her get her life back. In the photo: Christine’s twin daughters

She explained that her health improved after she got married at age 29, but she was soon back to her “lowest” when the marriage was only 10 months old.

Christine said a friend helped her get her life back and by the time she turned 39, she was completely over her eating disorder.

She weighed a healthy 8 stone when she became pregnant and had also started acting again after traveling for several months in Australia.

“I could never thank my friend enough. I’ve been given a second chance, now that I have my girls I can look forward to a bright future,” Christine said.

Christine said she has been given a second chance and is looking forward to the future now that she has her daughters (pictured)

Christine said she has been given a second chance and is looking forward to the future now that she has her daughters (pictured)

Christine said she has been given a second chance and is looking forward to the future now that she has her daughters (pictured)

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