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Céline Dion Is Happy to Have Morning Sickness

06/04/2010 at 09:15 AM ET
Courtesy KCSPresse/Splash News Online

After everything Céline Dion went through trying to get pregnant again, a little morning sickness is nothing. In fact, it’s great.

“The first two months I really felt the classical symptoms. The morning sickness, hot flashes, nausea,” the singer, 42, tells the French magazine Paris Match in a new interview.

“In a certain way, that reassured me, like a sign that my pregnancy was progressing. Now, everything is falling into place. I have a little belly. I’ve gained [10 lbs.].”

Dion confirms she’s expecting twins in November, and says this sixth attempt at in-vitro fertilization was going to be her last if it hadn’t worked.

“We believed in trying one more time,” she says. “If [the doctor] had told me that my body was too tired, I would have given up.”

Instead, she’s looking forward to two new babies – she’ll learn their sex in another week – who will join big brother René-Charles, 9. It’s been a while since they were new parents, but Dion and her husband and manager René Angélil plan on replicating the routines they had with their first child.

“We’ll do the same thing we did with René-Charles, who stayed with us in our bedroom for the first year,” says Dion. “We’ll keep them near us, too, because we have a big bed.”

The couple haven’t picked out names yet but are making plenty of other plans. They won’t use any nannies – “Too many people in the house disorient children,” Dion says – but will call on Dion’s sister Linda and her husband Alain for help.

“My only task is to make my children happy,” Dion says. “And too bad if the house sometimes becomes a mess.”

One question: whether René-Charles might feel a bit jealous after enjoying all the attention as an only child for so long. But Dion is prepared for that, too.

“We’re sensitive enough to not be blinded by the marvel of the newborns,” she says. “We have a deep relationship of nine and a half years with René-Charles, and I’ll be able to see when he needs me.”

– Peter Mikelbank and Tim Nudd

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steph on

congrats to Celine and her family on the good news. My children are 8 years apart, and in some ways it was much easier, just think, there was all that time in between to focus and enjoy the first before the next came along. My oldest also seems to have a much better understanding of her little brother, and a certain closeness that I haven’t seen in my nephews, who are only 2 years apart.

Lauren on

I am so happy she is finally expanding her family again. She’s talked about having children her entire career, and I always hoped she’d have more once Rene-Charles was born. Best of luck to her.

Janna on

I really feel for anyone who has had to go through these procedures to conceive. What a rough journey it must be.

klutzy_girl on

I’m so excited for her! I love Celine.

I hope she and Rene have twin girls!

dfs on

klutzy_girl, I hope they have the gender THEY prefer since THEY are the parents of the babies.

Allison on

So fun! Her comment about not using a nanny cracks me up. Only because when I was a new Mom of twins, I was literally racking my brain trying to figure out how to afford a night nanny. When you only get one hour of sleep at at time or less, you need a nanny with twins! But, I got through it and I suppose so will she. Just saying, if I had the money at the time, I would have gotten some help in a heart beat. Two babies is hard!!

jessicad on

I’m so happy for them, and twin girls would be so cute!

Tee on

DFS- I don’t see anything wrong with _klutzy_girl saying she hopes that Celine has girls. It’s just her opinion. Your comment really surprised me. Is there some reason somebody shouldn’t state something like that?

Sasha on

Allison, I totally agree. I’m the mother of twins and my sister had to move-in for a month to help because I was literally getting no sleep. DH had to work, so thank God for sisters. I’m so happy for Celine. I also went through In Vitro and I was lucky to get pregnant with twins on the first try. It is a grueling process. I happy they were successful. She is a champion to go 6 rounds.

izzy on

@steph, maybe when the children are small, the 8 year age gap is convenient and your kids are close. but when they’re older (the oldest 17 and the little one 9) believe me, they won’t be as close! i know from experience. my brother is 2 1/2 years younger than me and my sister is 5 1/2 years younger than me. when we were little, it was fun. now that we’re older, i definitely prefer my brother over my sister. not that i hate her, but i feel closer to the one that’s more on my level of maturity and we share a lot more interests. my brother gets along with our little sister too, so he has 2 sisters to choose from!

JMO on

At 70 years old I can’t see her hubby being super helpful. Not implying he couldn’t be but last I heard he was not doing well health wise. So basically if that’s true she’ll be doing a lot of this on her own. I venture she’ll get help. Somehow someway bc one is tough but two well forget about it!! I will never forget helping my sister in law and brother with their twins. There was a day I wanted them, then after my nephews were born and I saw what it was like, I totally decided one at a time is good ;)

CelebBabyLover on

Tee- I agree! And I hope she has twin girls, too!

Vanessa on

There’s 16 years between my sister and myself and only 2 between me and my brother.

I wish her, Rene and Rene Charles all the best. Can’t wait to see what she has.

Love Celine, she’s so down to Earth and normal, no diva attitude from her.

Jill on

Izzy,
Celine’s son is lucky to soon have siblings and not be an only child throughout his life. They say it is the best gift you can give to your child and I beleive it now that we finally had a second child since it was close to not happening at all for me or Celine!

Just because you are more than 5 years apart with your sister and you are not as close as you are with your brother — does not mean it is the age difference. You probably just don’t get along very well. 5 years is really not a huge age gap anyway to blame it all on that.

I wish my children were only 5 years apart. My daughters are are 8 years apart because I could not figure out my infertilty after three failed IVFs and then gave up for years. Happened to find some supplements for PCOS I never knew about and the next month I was pregnant. That would have been good info years ago!

But I know people who have siblings 6-12 years apart and they are very close. Closer to them than other siblings closer in age. So I think it is more personality than the age difference that counts! I also think the age gap narrows as adults more than as children not the other way around.

There is such a thing as being too close in age too. I think my girls will have a much more nurturing relationship without the intense sibling rivalry and constant competition that my sister and I still have with us 3 years apart. We are also not very close. So you never know.

Don’t make Celine or me feel worse because we could not have the “perfect family planning.” That goes out the window with infertility. What is perfect anyway? Nothing!

lisa on

My sibs& I are 7,14&16yrs apart.I was the baby. Though I saw my next older sister alot(the 2 eldest left town when I was 4&8)I have always been closest to the eldest&today we are the only ones who speak to each other even though she lives 12 hours away. My other sister lives in town&we don’t acknowledge each other. So I say its about who you have most in common with & not an age issue at all. Atleast that’s how it ended up in my family.

izzy on

@jill. i’m not aiming my comment to celine dion. it was for steph, the 1st poster.

the 5 year age difference is a big deal, especially right now. my sister is in an annoying adolescent stage that i can’t stand. when we were younger, it was fine. when we’re older, i’m sure we’ll be fine.

i just didn’t like how steph said that her kids are closer, unlike her nephews who are 2 years apart. my point was that eventually, the 2 year age difference will make it easier to be closer. when they’re like, 8 years apart its all gravy. the older one is more helpful and understanding of the newborns. but when the oldest is 18 and into his own things, his 10 year old siblings will be annoying lol.

Jill on

Izzy,
Guess I have a family planning trainwreck as I guess Celine does too with our past infertility problems. Thought it would be the benefits of an only child but still having a sibling now and for the their future lives. I was trying to look at the positives. Guess I messed everything up with not figuring out my infertility sooner. So much guilt and regret about all of it!

CelebBabyLover on

JMO- It says in the post that Celine IS going to have help….In the form of her sister and brother-in-law! Also, Rene-Charles is old enough to help out with his new siblings, too. :)

Jill- I think you’re taking izzy’s comments a little too personally. I don’t particularly agree with what she said, either, as I think everyone’s experience is different (and thus one set of siblings with a five-year age gap might not get along very well, but another set might get along just fine!). However, I really don’t think she was trying to personally attack or insult you.

She was just stating her opinion and experince, but maybe didn’t go about it the wrong way. That being said, I want to point out that, while some only children might wish they had a sibling, that’s certainly not the case for all of them. My mom is an only child, and she is perfectly fine with the fact that she doesn’t have a sibling. In her case, she grew up just down the street from some of her cousins, so they played together a lot and became more like siblings than cousins.

So my mother had her cousins to play with….but she could also stay at home and enjoy having her own space if she wanted to. So she, as she always puts it, had the best of both worlds growing up. :)

My point is that being an only child can be okay, too. :)

CelebBabyLover on

Oh, and I want to make it clear that I’m not knocking siblings. I have a brother myself whom I am very close to, so I know how wonderful having a sibling can be. All I’m trying to say is that not every kid needs siblings to grow up happy and well-adjusted. :)

Bancie1031 on

My brother and I are 7 years apart and we weren’t as close as some brothers and sisters but we get along fine (we always have – I just had my set of friends and he had his). My daughter is now almost 10, I didn’t plan on this big of a age gap but we have been struggling with infertility for over 7 and a half years now ….
I’m extremely happy for Celine and wish her and her family the best of luck :D
Celine gives me hope about future children for myself. She has battled a long hard rough road and has been blessed with 2 wonderful children for her struggles :D

Michelle on

I am also nine years older than my brother and sister. We were close as children, but then not so much when I went off to college. It wasn’t until they were out of school and into their professional lives that we became close again in our thirties. I hate that it feels like we missed a big chunk of time together, but in the grand scheme of things, we will have many more years of closeness than the years we had not so close.

MiB on

I don’t think closeness in age has anything to do with the realtionship between siblings, but rahter personality. Sure, if you are close in age, you will do a lot of things together, but the same might gofor siblings who share an interest, like my classmate who had his 8 year older brother as a scout leader, and loved it! My neighours who were 15 months apart were basically inseparable as kids, my irish twin cousins on the other hand could hardly be kept in the same room well into their twenties but the oldest has a very close relationship with his 8 years younger sister, my mother is way closer to her second oldest sister, nine years her senior, than her twin sister. Off course there will be times where you are less in close than others, but in my experience, that goes even for twins.

Jill on

Thanks guys. Your thoughts made me feel better. Infertility is just horrible and I would not wish it upon my worst enemy.

Had it with feeling judged and always being questioned. First it was when are you going to have a baby? Then it was are you having a second child? Now it is why are your children farther apart in age with them looking for a middle child. Can’t win. I’ve had it with society!

People have no idea unless they have lived it. I can relate to Celine because she went through IVF right before I did with our first children and then to see her pregnant again is wonderful since I had a similar journey.

It is nice to hear stories about siblings farther apart in age who have very close relationships. I do think it is more personality than an age difference. It is just hard when you plan your family a certain way and it all goes out the window with infertility.

I do think my girls will have the best of both worlds — being an only child with more time with mommy and daddy at certain times but still have a sibling now and in the future. That give me peace as a parent. They also love each other so that is good to see already too!

Becki on

Well, my younger sister and I are 15 months and 24 days apart and she is my BEST friend! I mean yeah I used to ask my mom for another sibling a lot but now it is kind of nice having it be just my sister and I! I too agree that it might not necessarily be the age gap as it is the personality because we have had times in our lives when we were not close at all. The my mom is the middle child in her family with a sister was 15 months older than her and a sister who is 6 years younger than her. She was always close with her older sister and never the younger. BUT my aunts were always close with each other too. So i don’t know maybe it is just personality, although I do admit that growing up I thought that it was our age. But I feel I have been proven wrong over the years!!

kay on

My kids are 4 and a half years a part – a boy and a girl. We struggled with secondary infertility and answered prayer brought baby two. They have always had a good relationship which has continued into adulthood.

Elena on

Izzy

My oldest brother is 11 years older than me and my oldest sister is 7 years older than me.. Even that they are so much older we are close and we are great friends! I’m 15 months older than my youngest sister and we didn’t get along as teenagers..

From Russia with love
Elena

LC on

Just wanted to weigh in on the “only child” issue– I have never heard that thing about a sibling being the best gift you can give your child. I am an only, so is my husband, and we plan to have an only as well. Personally we both LOVED being onlies and never wished for siblings. Some are different, but I just wanted to offer a positive perspective.

dfs on

Tee, saying you wish someone has girls is not an opinion, it is a hope or a desire. And I never said that the poster shouldn’t have said that, did I? I certainly think it’s very ODD to wish a complete stranger has girls when you have absolutely no idea what the couple having the baby desires, but I never said the poster shouldn’t have posted that. All I stated was what I hope for the couple. Which is that they have the gender that THEY prefer.

terralynn on

I really empathize and understand her feelings about being happy about the sickness lol..I lost my baby boy inutero in 2006 at almost 20 weeks. I had endured 2 years of treatments to get pregnant. It took all my courage and determination to try again not only for us but for my 2 older boys who are also fertility treatment babies and preemies. Well 3 years later I am holding a beautiful baby girl in my arms after 5 IUIs and injection cycles and surgery on my ovaries. It was grueling for sure. But it was more than worth it. Id do it all again. I was so excited the first time I got sick on my pregnancy. And I was on bedrest for 4 monthes to keep her from coming at 20 weeks. I hated to complain because it seemed wrong with how much we prayed for this baby. And people don’t understand without walking through it for sure. My heart goes out to them and to their family. Those babies will be just as loved as my little Rainbow baby here. She has brought peace to our whole family after our loss and new hope. Best wishes to Celine

terralynn on

Congratulations to all the infertile mamas out there that were able to have their miracle babies through treatments. I cherish all of mine!

melissa on

my brother & i are 10 yrs apart in age & we are the best of friends! i have a closer relationship w/ him then ANY of my “girlfreinds” … i grew up w/ plenty of my cousins .. all of us in the same age grp & to this day my relationship w/ my little brotehr is better then any relationship w/ any of my cousins … my brother & i have gotten even closer these last 5 months since he’s stationed away from home in the Marines :-)

melissa on

BTW – why alllllllllll the fuss over these babies gender?? it dont matter what ANYONE one “hopes” not even the parents themselves! Its what the good Lord will bless them with … sheesh such drama for nothing!

Tee on

DFS- Goodness, I’m sorry it’s taken this long to get back to you. I don’t even know if you’ll see this but I want to answer you anyway. No, you never said the poster shouldn’t say that. It was your emphsis on the word “they” that caught my attention. I honestly don’t see anything wrong with what was said, but I do appreciate your answering my question.

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