Us Weekly: Mariah Carey says “acupuncture” helped her get pregnant


Of all the solutions to life’s struggles and tribulations, acupuncture is one of the remedies I am most wary of. I understand the idea behind it – that our bodies have pressure points, and that if you “puncture” a certain part of your toe, your headache will be relieved, et cetera. I know people who swear by it. I know people who hate needles of all kinds, and get barfy and queasy at the idea of someone sticking something sharp into them. I am one of the latter category. I get barfy around needles. My mother was recently hospitalized, and they couldn’t find a vein to get blood, and the nurse was jabbing at my mom’s arm, and I swear, I started sweating and hyperventilating and I almost passed out.

Anyway, Mariah Carey swears by acupuncture, and she claims – in a new cover interview with Us Weekly – that it helped her in the difficult months she and Nick were trying to get pregnant after their first miscarriage.

After suffering a miscarriage following her April 2008 wedding to Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey cried herself to sleep many nights. But in an exclusive interview in the new Us Weekly (on newsstands now), the singer says she and Cannon never gave up.

Though she dismisses reports that she did IVF, Carey tells Us Weekly she began taking progesterone, a hormone that is often prescribed to boost fertility and support or help maintain pregnancy in women susceptible to miscarriage.

Cannon also tells Us Weekly his wife relied on “once-a-day” acupuncture, “all over her body. I think it helped her quite a bit, because it was a good destressor.”

Seeing Carey’s face when they learned she was pregnant “was priceless,” Cannon recalls. “We definitely cried. We still cry all the time. It’s an emotional journey.”

With their baby due in spring, Carey says it still “amazes” her she’s going to have Cannon’s child. “He’s a great person, and we have more in common than not,” she tells Us Weekly.

“I know people initially were, ‘What? Those two?’ But I think people who know us get it.”

For more – including what Carey thinks about her “weight gain”; what foods she’s craving “in the middle of the night” and how they found out she was pregnant – pick up the new Us Weekly today!

[From Us Weekly]

If it works for her, then that’s great. But do you think she’s lying about not doing IVF? I don’t know, I really don’t. I think it’s perfectly possible that Mariah was on the motherload of fertility drugs, and that’s all.

By the way, Mariah was just on Ellen DeGeneres’ show, and she talked about whether she would force pink onto a possible daughter – it’s really funny. Mariah is already scheming her way into getting either a super-girly-girl or a very fabulous boy.

Singer Mariah Carey entertains shareholders at Wal-Mart Stores Inc's annual general meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas June 4, 2010. REUTERS/Sarah Conard (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS)

40411, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Tuesday May 11, 2010. Mariah Carey, wearing stiletto heels and blue sweats, is accompanied by husband Nick Cannon to a medical building in LA. The 40 year old singer recently renewed her wedding vows with Cannon in front of about 100 guests at their home in Beverly Hills on May 3rd. Could the pop singer be pregnant?? Photograph: Nathanael Jones / Sam Sharma,

Apr 15, 2010 - New York, NY, USA - Singer/actress MARIAH CAREY attends the 12th Annual 'Keepers of the Dream' Awards held at the Sheraton Hotel. © Red Carpet Pictures

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  1. Newbie says:

    I totally believe in all that. Over a year ago I nearly died. I found out I had allergies to just about everything: wheat, dairy, soy, corn, sugar, fructose, barley, citrus fruit, fish, salt, pineapple, eggs, etc. There were well over 15 different food allergies documented. I got under 100 lbs. (I’m 5 foot 7 inches), and I was sick constantly. My skin would break out in hives and rash, and sometimes it would peel off and look like I’d burned cigarettes in my skin. I was miserable, and no one could tell me what had caused my sudden illness/sensitivity to pretty much ALL food. I went to dermatologists, doctors and specialists. Nothing worked. Until a friend recommended a doctor who works in muscle testing and pressure points. He’d run this strange machine on my back and have me massage 10 different points on my body. 24 hours later, I could eat whatever I’d been previously treated for. I can’t say exactly how it works. I just know I began to feel AND look better after one visit. Sorry to be so long-winded, but I think sharing personal stories can help people who are looking for healthcare answers.

  2. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    So happy for them both. I think she’s getting the girly girl and you KNOW there will be pink all over that girl!!!

    I dont know much about fertility drugs, but she did gain some weight. Maybe stress? Dunno. Still happy for her.

  3. CaramelKiss says:

    She’s going to be GINORMOUS. Maybe the new Jenny Craig spokesperson in about 11 months?

  4. Courtney says:

    hormones don’t neccessarily equate to fertility treatments and it’s common to take progesterone after a miscarriage and or during the early stages of a pregnancy weather you’ve had a miscarriage previously or not. Pregnancy suits mariah beautifully it’s so sad she had to go through that before having this so far and hopefully continually smooth pregnancy. she so deserves this happiness she and nick have both always loved kids. and they know through heartache comes greater joy they’re going to dote on that baby cause of what it took to achieve the dream

  5. Hellencatherine says:

    All i can is this child is going to be one of luckiest child ever imagine if they have twins how amazing would that be

  6. embertine says:

    Must… not.. make… prick joke….

  7. mommyesq says:

    I had acupuncture when my husband and I were trying for our second child and it totally worked,and I recommend it 100%!! My cycles were all out of whack, and it brought everything back to the levels at which they needed to be for me to get pregnant. If nothing else, it gave me peace of mind that I was doing everything I could to make a baby during that very trying time of trying to conceive. Best of luck to them!

  8. Terri says:

    I did accupuncture during infertility treatment as well, and I got pregnant. I don’t know if it was the treatments or the stress relief, but it worked.

  9. kellsbells says:

    I’m a type 1 diabetic and I hear you on the needles thing- I can only stand a needle if I’m the one doing the injecting! BUT, I’m a HUGE believer in acupuncture!
    I’ve used it for ligament issues & tendonitis and the needles are so fine that you don’t even feel them. It’s relaxing and I almost always fall asleep for 20 minutes awake up refreshed, energized & pain free!
    I was a sceptic at first- but now I swear by acupuncture!
    As far as IVF, who cares if she did or she didn’t?? As long as the mom & baby are happy & healthy, it’s really none of our business!

  10. LindaR says:

    Poor Mariah. Someone needs to tell her that it wasn’t a pin that was stuck in her that made her pregnant. No wonder she has been having problems.

  11. Courtney says:

    Uh she’s already said she didn’t use IVF that it’s a natural conception which isn’t uncommon at 40+. I so agree with the poster immediately above me as long as Mariah & the baby are healthy & happy it’s none of our business weather she did IVF or not. though she wouldn’t be the type to lie about that. muscle weighs more than fat and on a taller person like Mariah is weight distribution is different. she was never a stick figure and in a first or first successful pregnancy you tend to gain more weight because you don’t know how your body is going to react to it. so what as long as she and the baby are healthy weight gain isn’t that big of an issue

  12. samanthalous says:

    Wonder what hormones they have her on, she is getting big.

  13. lucy2 says:

    I know a few people who acupuncture has really helped, including a few who never thought they’d try anything like that.
    Congrats to them, hope everything goes well!

  14. Franny says:

    I love Mariah’s music and I feel for her struggle to have a baby…but…

    I just feel if she didn’t have a stylist sometimes, she would just be SO TRASHY. Like in the 3rd picture…tacky workout suit with tacky heels, with half a head of cornrows? She is so pretty, I just don’t understand why she insists on wearing things that just don’t do her justice.

  15. Crash2GO2 says:

    I read a recently published study that showed definite physiological effects resulting from acupuncture (the release of natural anti-inflammatories for example) in mice. Don’t ask me how they gave mice acupuncture. It does appear that there is something real going on with it.

  16. phlyfiremama says:

    I AM an Acupuncturist, and i can tell you it totally works. There are many reasons for infertility, mainly involving the body being out of balance, and once balance is restored the pathways open up & the body is ready to conceive, grow a healthy child, and can actually prevent miscarriages. Acupuncture & herbs also work for practically any other gynecological condition as well, what it can’t outright cure it can ease symptoms of.

  17. Pix says:

    I 100% believe in acupuncture. I was at a pain level of 7 or 8 and after one session the pain was almost non-existent.
    Mariah has no reason to lie about IVF – as far as I am concerned there is no stigma.

  18. curegirl0421 says:

    Embertine… you beat me to it! It was the first thing I thought of.

    It all starts with a little prick!

  19. MSMLNP says:

    I am a very western medicine oriented Nurse Practitioner. I don’t believe in chiropractors, Reiki, etc.

    after a year of unexplained infertility (having had two children fairly easily before) plus a miscarriage I was looking into fertility treatments until I decided to give acupuncture a go.
    It was a wonderful experience. I found it very relaxing and the needles didn’t hurt AT ALL.
    I got pregnant the first month I tried the acupuncture, along with American grown Chinese herbal supplements and I’m expecting boy #3 in 5 weeks. So, it worked for me and I would encourage others to try it as well for infertility and so many other problems.

  20. Toni says:

    Congrats Mariah. My grandma had 13 kids. A set of twins at 38/39. 2-3 more kids after them. So not everyone is doing IVF. Alot of people are fine if they take care of themselves.

  21. Mistral says:

    “Acupuncture”? Is that what they’re calling it these days?

  22. Catherine says:

    I wonder if she has endometriosis. Ladies who do are usually susceptible to miscarriage and need progesterone to sustain pregnancies. I wish her the best.

  23. mln says:

    Acupunture is actually proven to work for certain ailments and covered by insurance for specific diagnosis. It isn’t hoo-ha it just comes from a different tradition than Western Medicine.

  24. Dannnii says:

    That’s wonderful for her and her husband.
    Acupuncture helped me as well…..cured me of VERY heavy periods that I had for over 12 years. So I can see how it helps with fertility issues as well.

  25. julie says:

    I totally believe this story. I wouldn’t if I hadn’t had a similar experience concerning, well, female experiences.

    For me, it was a change in my cycle that caused me to realize that years earlier, before I had my first miss with cervical cancer, well, my cycle had changed. Through acupuncture, my cycle changed back to “normal”.

    I’ve been healthy since.

    One “goal” of acupuncture is to set the body’s fluids to going in correct cycles, directions; for women, this is a very important balance.

  26. Jacq says:

    Male or female, I think this will be the world’s first baby born wearing Spanx.

  27. Lynda says:

    Nick, Nick, the Needle Dick.

  28. embertine says:

    LOLing at all the “OMG acupuncture totally works!!1111″ posts.

    Yes, lying on a bed in a calm place with a reassuringly sympathetic professional touching you works for a lot of stress-related conditions.

    It has nothing whatsoever to do with the needles, as this study about the placebo effect shows:

  29. Courtney says:

    She deserves this happiness like any woman does and she looks wonderful. good luck Mariah & Nick for a smooth pregnancy and a healthy happy baby

  30. Crash2GO2 says:

    @Embertine: Umm…before you split a gut laughting, perhaps you might want to go to Medline and do a search for more recent studies than 2002 on the effectiveness of acupuncture. For example:

    (2010 vs your 2002)

  31. Diva says:

    I’m with Mistral on the quotations around acupuncture… what’s up with that?

    Anyway, acupuncture, without quotation marks, got my screwy menstrual cycle back to normal a few years ago. It definitely works for hormonal stuff like fertility.

    Didn’t do shit for my fibromyalgia, though. And they keep telling me to go back to acupuncture for my thyroid cancer, but I don’t see how it would help that, either. Maybe if my thyroid was malfunctioning I could see it working, but it’s not gonna cure cancer!

  32. Marlo says:

    Seems as though she was crushed after Luis Miguel! I’m happy she found Love with Nick. You can tell that he loves her so much. Seems that everything is going their way! That’s great.

  33. Hey says:

    Hiya, Hearing about Japan and the earthquick. Wondering if this will deminish all the medicine they were doing into acupuncture.

  34. Abbie says:

    Studies suggest that more than 85% to 90% of couples that have an infertility problem will get on to conceive a baby using low cost and low tech treatments like taking oral medication or undergoing minor surgery.