Monday 5 December 2016

One Show presenter Alex Jones (39) fears she has left it too late to start family

Published 16/04/2016 | 13:18

Alex Jones, now 39, said that until she got married last year, she had not realised the potential complications in fertility associated with her age
Alex Jones, now 39, said that until she got married last year, she had not realised the potential complications in fertility associated with her age

One Show presenter Alex Jones has revealed she worries she has left it too late to start a family at 39.

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The BBC presenter has just filmed a documentary on fertility and told an audience at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London that it has made her consider her own situation.

"Safer sex is important but so is learning about fertility otherwise you end up where I am now saying: 'Oh egg freezing, I don't know about that'," she said.

"As most girls I spent all of my teenage years, twenties, thirties, doing everything I could to avoid getting pregnant and then it's just like Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart - a day arrives and then you go 'gosh, maybe we should have a baby'."

Her situation may be more pressing than most as she revealed that her mother went through early menopause at 43.

Jones is married to Charlie Thompson since last year.  They met when she was 34 and she had just moved to London to take the One Show gig.  However, she said work is not more important than family.

Charlie Thompson (left) and Alex Jones arrive for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Charlie Thompson (left) and Alex Jones arrive for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

"I want to make that clear. People say 'oh, you're one of those career girls'. No, I just happen to have a career."

She admits they have not started trying for a baby yet although reveals that people asked her when they were planning to have kids the minute she was married.

"It's a very personal question," she said.  "Women should support women and we all know it can be difficult. It just puts more and more pressure on us.Men never get asked that question."

The BBC documentary is called The Truth About Fertility and a broadcast date has yet to be confirmed.

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