Brian McFadden reveals he’s planning a fourth child with fiancée Danielle Parkinson

‘We are going to try in a few months’: Brian McFadden reveals he’s hoping for a fourth child with fiancée Danielle Parkinson as the couple prepare to begin IVF again

Brian McFadden has revealed that he’s planning to become a dad for the fourth time as he hopes for another child with his fiancée Danielle Parkinson.

The former Westlife singer, 42, and his PE teacher partner welcomed their daughter Ruby via IVF just 18 months ago, and are planning on using a fertile egg from the treatment to try again in the next few months.

Explaining ‘we’re going to wait probably a few more months’, the star described fatherhood as ‘the most incredible experience of my life’.

'We are going to try in a few months': Brian McFadden, 42, has revealed that he's hoping for a fourth child with fiancée Danielle Parkinson as the couple prepare to begin IVF again

‘We are going to try in a few months’: Brian McFadden, 42, has revealed that he’s hoping for a fourth child with fiancée Danielle Parkinson as the couple prepare to begin IVF again

In addition to youngest daughter Ruby, Brian also shares Molly, 21, and Lilly-Sue, 19 with ex-wife Kerry Katona.

He and Danielle were finally able to welcome their first child, Ruby, together after undergoing IVF treatment and suffering two miscarriages during the process.

Chatting on FUBAR Radio this week, the singer detailed his plans to become a dad for the fourth time, explaining: ‘Yeah absolutely, we had IVF treatments to have Ruby.

‘We had four fertile eggs, the first two were implanted and they miscarried, Ruby was the third, and the fourth one is the strongest. We’re going to wait probably a few more months and then we are going to try with that last egg.’

Parents: The couple welcomed daughter Ruby via IVF just 18 months ago

Parents: The couple welcomed daughter Ruby via IVF just 18 months ago

Trying again: 'We had four fertile eggs, the first two were implanted and they miscarried, Ruby was the third, and the fourth one is the strongest. We¿re going to wait probably a few more months and then we are going to try with that last egg'

Trying again: ‘We had four fertile eggs, the first two were implanted and they miscarried, Ruby was the third, and the fourth one is the strongest. We’re going to wait probably a few more months and then we are going to try with that last egg’

Noting the 19 year age gap between his youngest and eldest daughters, Brian admitted he has more time to be a hands-on dad now – sharing that he ‘missed so much’ of Molly and Lilly’s childhoods.

‘She’s [Ruby] amazing, she’s unbelievable, obviously I’ve got three girls. But Molly and Lilly are twenty-one and nineteen and when I had both of them, I was in Westlife, so I had no time. 

‘We didn’t have Facetime or video calls back then, so I missed so much of them, their first steps, their first words, I missed so much of that, he explained.’

Doting dad: In addition to youngest daughter Ruby, Brian also shares Molly, 21, and Lilly-Sue, 19 with ex-wife Kerry Katona

Doting dad: In addition to youngest daughter Ruby, Brian also shares Molly, 21, and Lilly-Sue, 19 with ex-wife Kerry Katona 

Brian gushed: ''It¿s just been the most incredible experience of my life, and I just wake up every morning so excited to see her'

Brian gushed: ”It’s just been the most incredible experience of my life, and I just wake up every morning so excited to see her’

Continuing: ‘I am seeing absolutely everything with Ruby, I’m pretty much with her every day, she comes everywhere and if she doesn’t come, I can go on Facetime and I can talk to her and see her. 

‘It’s just been the most incredible experience of my life, and I just wake up every morning so excited to see her.’ 

Brian and Danielle welcomed Ruby via emergency C-section in May 2021, with the PE teacher previously sharing that if she was to welcome another child, she would be having ‘all the pain relief.’

Chatting to OK! last year, she explained said that gas and air ‘didn’t touch the sides’ and that if she has another child she’ll be having an ‘epidural’ and ‘all the pain relief’. 

Explaining her last birth, she continued: ‘There was a queue for the theatre so I was having to go through these contractions, which were horrific. I was in so much pain and desperate for any pain relief.’ 

Family: Brian and Danielle welcomed Ruby via emergency C-section in May 2021, with the PE teacher previously sharing that if she was to welcome another child, she would be having 'all the pain relief'

Family: Brian and Danielle welcomed Ruby via emergency C-section in May 2021, with the PE teacher previously sharing that if she was to welcome another child, she would be having ‘all the pain relief’

While they have been focusing on parenthood, Brian and Danielle have also been attempting to tie the knot – with their wedding day being delayed three times.

Brian explained on Fubar Radio: ‘We were getting married in South Africa, then the first pandemic wave hit, so we had to cancel because everyone was locked down. Then everything got lifted and we had to go back into lockdown, so we cancelled it again.’

He continued: ‘On the third time, we were told we could go to South Africa and have the wedding, but South Africa was on the red list, so we would all have to go into hotel quarantine in the summer holidays… 

‘That would be a sexy honeymoon, wouldn’t it? Be in a beautiful vineyard in Africa and then spend two weeks in a Holiday Inn at Gatwick airport getting Margherita pizzas shoved under the door. No thanks.’

The couple are now set to say ‘I do’ in 2023, two years later than originally planned. 

How does IVF work?

In-vitro fertilisation, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.

It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally, and a sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and combined in a laboratory before the embryo is inserted into the woman.

Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should continue as normal.

The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or those from donors.

Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that IVF should be offered on the NHS to women under 43 who have been trying to conceive through regular unprotected sex for two years.

People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures published in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.

The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are about 29 per cent, with the chance of a successful cycle reducing as they age.

Around eight million babies are thought to have been born due to IVF since the first ever case, British woman Louise Brown, was born in 1978.

Chances of success

The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the cause of the infertility (if it’s known).

Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.

IVF isn’t usually recommended for women over the age of 42 because the chances of a successful pregnancy are thought to be too low.

Between 2014 and 2016 the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:

29 per cent for women under 35

23 per cent for women aged 35 to 37

15 per cent for women aged 38 to 39

9 per cent for women aged 40 to 42

3 per cent for women aged 43 to 44

2 per cent for women aged over 44

 

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