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  • Today Show co-host Lisa Wilkinson has spoken out about her fertility struggles
  • She said she had three miscarriages trying to get pregnant in her forties
  • She did this following designer, Camilla Franks, getting pregnant at age 40 
  • The seasoned journalist urges women not to think ‘it’s just going to happen’
  • She added statistics show pregnancy rates drop sharply for women in their 40s

Australian journalist, Lisa Wilkinson, has spoken out in defense of an open letter she penned on the subject of trying to conceive later in life.

Speaking on the Today Show, the 57-year-old co-host elaborated on her position as to why she believes it’s important for women not to wait if they are considering children.

Touching on her experience of trying to fall pregnant for the fourth time at 40, Lisa said she knows first-hand how limited the chances are of women carrying to term in their forties.

‘We have something that men don’t have and that’s a biological clock’ she told the programme. ‘Falling pregnant is really difficult once you pass the age of 35.’

Esteemed Australian journalist, Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) urges women to not take it for granted that they will be able to have children into their forties

Esteemed Australian journalist, Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) urges women to not take it for granted that they will be able to have children into their forties

While Lisa commented on the show how ‘thrilled’ she was at her friend, the Australian designer, Camilla Franks’, revelation that she had become pregnant naturally at age 40, she said she is worried at what it may signal to others who may be considering children later.

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‘My fear was the underlying message that falling pregnant later in life was a breeze, and don’t listen to any advice that the doctors give you,’ she said.

She also added: ‘I am worried that advice that Camilla gave is going to be a danger for younger women who will think ‘Oh, it’s just going to happen’.

‘In Camilla’s case she wasn’t taking any notice of the doctors, and it happened for her, but it’s rare, it’s not the common experience.’

In her recent interview with the Sunday Telegraph, designer Camilla Franks said that ‘it was absolute BS’ that she was told she needed to spend ‘thousands of dollars’ on IVF – while in fact she thought ‘we need to take the fear out of it [getting pregnant]’.

The letter comes in the wake of her friend and the Australian designer, Camilla Franks's (pictured), recent interview about conceiving naturally at age 40 

The letter comes in the wake of her friend and the Australian designer, Camilla Franks’s (pictured), recent interview about conceiving naturally at age 40

Lisa Wilkinson, 57, wrote: The heartbreaking truth is, the road to motherhood for women in their 40s is overwhelmingly littered with broken dreams and

Lisa Wilkinson, 57, wrote: The heartbreaking truth is, the road to motherhood for women in their 40s is overwhelmingly littered with broken dreams and ‘I’ll get to it later’ regrets’

Lisa who is mum to Billi, Louis and Jake, strongly disagreed with Camilla’s thoughts, however, writing for the Huffington Post on Monday:

‘The heartbreaking truth is, the road to motherhood for women in their 40s is overwhelmingly littered with broken dreams and ‘I’ll get to it later’ regrets.’

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The mother-of-three backed this sentiment up with statistics, which show that one in four women experience difficulty falling pregnant from the age of 35.

Added to this, by the age of 40, a woman’s odds of falling pregnant in her next cycle drop to just five per cent.

The 41-year-old Camilla founder shared a stunning beachside snap of herself cradling her bare baby bump alongside the announcement of her pregnancy on Instagram earlier this year

The 41-year-old Camilla founder shared a stunning beachside snap of herself cradling her bare baby bump alongside the announcement of her pregnancy on Instagram earlier this year

In the powerfully honest open letter, Lisa acknowledged that she ‘loves’ Camilla and considers her a ‘great chick’. She also said she was delighted that she is pregnant.

However, the journalist also added that to ‘come out and publicly slam the medical profession as she did on Sunday for their cautionary fertility advice in the lead up to that little pink line appearing on her pregnancy test, is irresponsible in the extreme’.

Lisa (pictured) also went into detail about her heartbreaking miscarriages in her open letter, writing that: 'It haunts me still'Lisa (pictured) also went into detail about her heartbreaking miscarriages in her open letter, writing that: 'It haunts me still'

Lisa (pictured) also went into detail about her heartbreaking miscarriages in her open letter, writing that: ‘It haunts me still’

The seasoned journalist concluded her letter by saying that women should take their doctors’ advice and listen carefully to what they say.

‘Yes, of course conception and a successful birth is possible in your 40s.

‘But it isn’t easy, can often involve heartache, and should not be described any other way,’ she said.

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Lisa’s open letter came following designer, Camilla Franks, opening up about her unexpected pregnancy and becoming a mother at 41.

Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Camilla slammed the common belief that women can’t conceive naturally in their late thirties and early forties and the fear instilled in women about having children later in life.

‘A couple of years ago I went through so many different tests and got told I needed to do IVF and spent thousands of dollars all from fear of what I was being told… I think we need to take the fear out of it,’ Camilla said.

She said that she was given 'the wrong advice' and despite being told to 'potentially go down the path of IVF', she conceived naturally

She said that she was given ‘the wrong advice’ and despite being told to ‘potentially go down the path of IVF’, she conceived naturally

She added that she was given ‘the wrong advice’ and despite being told to ‘potentially go down the path of IVF’, she conceived naturally.

‘This generation are working women, we don’t just leave school, get married, have children,’ Camilla said, whose grandmother gave birth to her mother at age 50.

‘I wouldn’t be me if I had just jumped into the world of motherhood. I’m so blessed that I’ve been able to have that chapter of running a business as well. I’d encourage all women to continue enjoying their ­careers.’

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