«I contemplated it a million times during my pregnancy»: Jennifer Lawrence on unsuccessful attempts to become a mother.

In February of 2022, "The Hunger Games" and "Passengers" star Jennifer Lawrence gave birth to her first child. Little do most know that before becoming a mother, the actress had endured her fair share of personal tragedies...

Bitter Experiences

Lawrence first became pregnant at the age of 20. The young woman, whose career was just beginning to gain momentum, decided to terminate the pregnancy. She had already booked an appointment with a doctor, but never made it to the clinic — a miscarriage occurred.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence
Actress Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer found herself utterly alone, far from home in Montreal... It was painful, frightening, yet the actress felt a certain relief: as if the universe had eavesdropped on her thoughts.

During the filming of "Don't Look Up" (2021), Lawrence became pregnant for the second time. By that point, she was already married to art dealer Cooke Maroney and deeply yearned for children. However, the horrific situation repeated itself.
Jennifer Lawrence and her husband Cooke Maroney
Jennifer Lawrence and her husband Cooke Maroney
However, this time the ordeal was a hundred times worse. The actress was forced to undergo a surgical procedure to remove tissue remnants from her womb, a process commonly referred to as a "D&C" or "dilation and curettage".

Interestingly, a couple of months after Lawrence became a mother, the US Supreme Court overturned the federal legalization of abortion. Now, physicians in certain states are wary of performing a D&C to treat miscarriage complications, fearing they might be accused of clandestinely performing an abortion. This law profoundly enraged Jennifer:
I remember pondering it incessantly while pregnant. I reflected on what was transpiring within my body. Fortuitously, I experienced a beautiful, highly successful pregnancy.


The actress ultimately succeeded in becoming a mother—on her third attempt. They named the son Cy, in honor of Cy Twombly, Maroney's favorite artist.

The arrival of her child profoundly altered Jennifer, according to her own account.
The morning after giving birth, I felt as though my entire life had begun anew. It was as if this was the first day of my existence. I simply couldn't get enough of him; I was so enamored. Now, I adore all infants. When I hear a child crying in a restaurant, I exclaim, «Oh, how delightful!
Raising the little one hasn't been easy for Lawrence. She is awash with fluctuating emotions — gleeful one moment, brimming with pride the next, then sinking into contemplative melancholy. "I experience guilt daily. I play with him and consider within myself: 'Is this what he wants to do? Do we really need to be outside? What if he's cold? What if he falls ill? Is this sufficient for his brain development?'" the actress confides.
Jennifer and her son Cy
Jennifer and her son Cy
Although the focal point of Jen's life has shifted towards her child, she hasn't abandoned her profession. When the script for the ribald comedy "No Hard Feelings" landed in her hands, she had just recovered from childbirth and wasn't prepared to return to work. However, since "it was the funniest thing she had ever read", Lawrence consented to the film's production — and has had no regrets.

Read more about Jennifer Lawrence's filmography in her biography on zoomboola.com.