'I'm not getting any younger': Kerry Katona reveals she is beginning surrogacy journey next WEEK

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Kerry Katona has revealed she is exploring surrogacy next week while gearing up for a complete transformation on her appearance. 

The former Atomic Kittens star, 40, revealed on Tuesday that she has an upcoming phone call with a surrogacy agency as she admitted she is ‘not getting any younger’. 

While she is planning to have her sixth child through the birthing arrangement, she is also preparing to have a plethora of cosmetic procedures including a boob job,  liposuction and a face-lift, after feeling her body is in need of an MOT. 

Life-changing decisions: Kerry Katona has revealed she is exploring surrogacy next week while gearing up for a complete transformation on her appearance

Life-changing decisions: Kerry Katona has revealed she is exploring surrogacy next week while gearing up for a complete transformation on her appearance

Speaking in New! magazine, she said: ‘I’m having a call with a surrogacy company because I want to find out what the next steps are.’ 

She revealed the company she is speaking to was created by Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, the UK’s first gay couple to welcome a child via surrogacy. 

Kerry continued: ‘I’m not getting any younger and I don’t want to be a mum in my sixties taking her kid to school. 

‘So once I know all the steps I have to take, it will give me a good 20 years to be with my child. It’s exciting. I’ll know a bit more next week!’ 

Planning ahead: The former Atomic Kittens star, 40, revealed on Tuesday that she has an upcoming phone call with a surrogacy agency as she admitted she is 'not getting any younger'

Planning ahead: The former Atomic Kittens star, 40, revealed on Tuesday that she has an upcoming phone call with a surrogacy agency as she admitted she is ‘not getting any younger’

The TV personality revealed she has already prepared some questions to ask, such as whether she will need to extract her eggs and how old can she can be to do so.   

Surrogacy is when a woman carries a baby for an individual or couple who are unable to conceive or carry a child themselves. This can be due to medical or physical reasons. 

The intended parent(s) become the legal parent(s) of a child born through surrogacy. 

There are two types of surrogacy. Traditional Surrogacy occurs through pregnancy when the surrogate is genetically related to the baby and becomes pregnant through artificial insemination. 

Inspiration: She revealed the company she is speaking to was created by Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, the UK's first gay couple to welcome a child via surrogacy (pictured in 2011)

Inspiration: She revealed the company she is speaking to was created by Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, the UK’s first gay couple to welcome a child via surrogacy (pictured in 2011)

However, most surrogacy now occurs through host surrogacy. 

This involves the use of IVF, either with the eggs of the intended mother, or with donor eggs. The surrogate mother therefore does not use her own eggs, and is genetically unrelated to the baby. 

There are three stages to host surrogacy. The first step is egg donation, when the female intended parent, or an egg donor, undergoes specialist procedures to extract egg(s).

The second phase is fertilisation of the egg(s) with sperm in the laboratory, resulting in embryo(s). 

Fertility: The TV personality revealed she has already prepared some questions to ask, such as whether she will need to extract her eggs and how old can she can be to do so

Fertility: The TV personality revealed she has already prepared some questions to ask, such as whether she will need to extract her eggs and how old can she can be to do so

The third step occurs when the embryo is transferred into the womb of the surrogate mother. 

It can be transferred to the surrogate either ‘fresh’ or after it is defrosted from storage. 

It is unclear, whether Kerry is intending to pursue traditional surrogacy or host surrogacy.  

The star is the mother to Molly, 19, Lilly-Sue, 18, with ex-husband Brian McFadden, Heidi, 13, Maxwell, 12, with ex Mar Croftk, 49, and Dylan-Jorge, six, whose father George Kay tragically passed away in 2019. It is believed Kerry conceived all five children naturally.  

Children: The star is the mother to Molly, 19, Lilly-Sue, 18, Heidi, 13, Maxwell, 12, and Dylan-Jorge, six, and it is believed Kerry conceived all five children naturally

Children: The star is the mother to Molly, 19, Lilly-Sue, 18, Heidi, 13, Maxwell, 12, and Dylan-Jorge, six, and it is believed Kerry conceived all five children naturally

Plans: Kerry revealed on Tuesday that she is planning to drastically change her appearance after confessing she feels like she is getting 'jowls' and sometimes 'looks a mess'

Plans: Kerry revealed on Tuesday that she is planning to drastically change her appearance after confessing she feels like she is getting ‘jowls’ and sometimes ‘looks a mess’

Kerry is currently in a relationship with Ryan Mahoney, 32, and the pair became engaged in August.

As she embarks on a new life-changing journey, she is also embracing a life-changing makeover. 

Kerry revealed on Tuesday that she is planning to drastically change her appearance after confessing she feels like she is getting ‘jowls’ and sometimes ‘looks a mess’.    

In her latest New! magazine column, she added: ‘I’m also going under the knife in July for my boob reduction, so I’m going to tell him to tuck and suck everything on my tum while I’m there. It’s like going in for an MOT.

‘Don’t get me wrong, I embrace my body and I love my stretch marks. But I look at a picture of myself and I think “God, I look a mess”.

Change: In her latest New! magazine column, she said: 'I’m also going under the knife in July for my boob reduction, so I’m going to tell him to tuck and suck everything on my tum while I’m there. It’s like going in for an MOT'

Change: In her latest New! magazine column, she said: ‘I’m also going under the knife in July for my boob reduction, so I’m going to tell him to tuck and suck everything on my tum while I’m there. It’s like going in for an MOT’

How does surrogacy work and what are the laws in the UK?

Surrogacy is when a woman carries a baby for a couple who are unable to conceive or carry a child themselves. 

Such couples may include those who have suffered recurrent miscarriages, repeated IVF failures, premature menopause or a hysterectomy. 

The risks of being a surrogate mother are the same as for every pregnancy, and include nausea, heart burn and back ache.

In extreme cases, surrogates can suffer high blood pressure or gestational diabetes.  

Straight surrogacy

This involves using the surrogate’s egg and the intended father’s sperm.

It is the least expensive and simplest form of the procedure.

Host surrogacy

Host surrogacy requires IVF with either the intended mother’s eggs or donor eggs rather than those of the surrogate.

In this case, the surrogate is genetically unrelated to the baby. 

Donor eggs can be from friends or relatives, or anonymously donated. 

What are the laws? 

Surrogacy is legal in the UK, however, it cannot be advertised.

No third parties are allowed to be involved and surrogates can only receive payments to cover expenses incurred as a result of being pregnant. 

In the US, surrogacy costs around $100,000 (£75,879), with laws varying between states. 

Source: Surrogacy UK 

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