October 13, 2016
Janet Jackson Shares Pregnancy 'Blessing' At 50, Chooses Baby Name Tribute To Michael Jackson?

Janet Jackson is sharing her joy in experiencing baby blessings, with the famous singer announcing that she's pregnant at 50.

Janet made the pregnancy announcement official, sharing her blossoming baby bump, reported Yahoo Celebrity.

"We thank God for our blessing."

In April, Jackson revealed that she had chosen to delay her "Unbreakable World Tour" in order to plan a family with her husband, Wissam Al Mana. As she looks forward to the arrival of her baby, she's kept out of the public spotlight, although she was recently seen hunting for baby items at London's Back in Action furniture store.

Rumors of a baby bump swirled long before Jackson announced that she was pregnant, noted PopCrush. Ever since that April announcement from the singer that she and her husband were planning a family, pregnancy reports kept occurring. However, Janet waited until October 12 to provide confirmation.

"She is super excited about her pregnancy and is doing extremely well," said a source cited by PopCrush. "She actually feels very good about everything."

Janet Jackson is focusing on becoming a mother.
Janet Jackson is focusing on becoming a mother. [Image by Christopher Polk/Getty Images]

When Jackson made her April statement about the delay of her "Unbreakable World Tour," she reached out to fans and asked them to understand.

"I thought it was important that you be the first to know," said Jackson. "My husband and I are planning our family! So I'm gonna have to delay the tour... Please, if you could try and understand that it's important that I do this now."

Janet explained that it was "doctor's orders" that she rest, emphasizing that she had not forgotten her fans and would continue the tour when she could. Now, as Jackson and her husband look forward to welcoming their "blessing" into the world, they have the important task of choosing the baby's name.

Singer Janet Jackson reportedly will choose a baby name that honors the late singer Michael Jackson.
Singer Janet Jackson reportedly will choose a baby name that honors late singer Michael Jackson. [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

However, a source told OK! Magazine that Janet and Wissam Al Mana, who is a billionaire businessman, already have a name, and it will be a tribute to Michael Jackson, her late brother.

"They have already chosen a name," revealed the insider. "[The baby's] first or middle name [will be Michael]."

Due in "late November," the baby reportedly already has a nursery awaiting. Janet and her husband have prepared for their infant's arrival, from clothes to toys, added the source, who noted that Jackson converted to Islam for Al Mana and will raise the child in his religion. Her family reportedly "respects that."

"They are both thrilled right now and they have everything ready," added the insider.

While everyone is treating Janet "like a queen," the source revealed that her husband outdoes the others when it comes to pampering his pregnant wife.

"They are more in love than ever. Janet and Wissam do Lamaze classes together and yoga everyday," shared the insider.

An actress, singer, and dancer, and now set to become a mom for the first time at 50, Jackson's pregnancy is raising questions about having a baby later in life, according to Vogue.

The statistics are staggering, because less than 1 percent of women over 50 get pregnant naturally, revealed Dr. Richard J. Paulson, the chair of reproductive medicine at USC's Keck School of Medicine. Some women can get pregnant by using their own eggs with in vitro fertilization, but only until 45, added the expert.

"Beyond 45, there have been only about two case reports."

So how does it happen? Paulson clarified that the process for women in their 40s and 50s usually involves either donor eggs or eggs that they had frozen earlier in their lives, together with sperm from a donor or partner. That's where fertility doctors come into the picture in the lab, subsequently transferring the embryo to the uterus in three to five days.

"Pregnancy is so dependent on the egg," explained the expert. "And by age 50, the eggs left in the ovary just aren't capable of becoming pregnant."

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