Sunday, January 22, 2012

Giuliana: No regrets on waiting to have kids

Giuliana and Bill Rancic weigh in on the reality of relationships between men and women.

By Randee Dawn

Bill and Giuliana Rancic keep it hopping! They've got a reality show ("Giuliana & Bill") together, she holds a job at E! News as a correspondent and a co-host of "Fashion Police," while Bill is a winner of "The Apprentice" who now works as a motivational speaker -- but the two always make room for a TODAY appearance.

Giuliana's recent visits have been fairly somber, as she's talked about her fertility issues and breast cancer diagnosis (and subsequent double mastectomy), but Friday the pair joined TODAY's Ann Curry on a new segment called "He Said, She Said," and batted around their takes on gender-divisive issues.

Things took a more personal turn when Curry noted that recent studies show that delaying parenthood can have serious consequences for women and men alike.

"I know a thing or two about this," said Giuliana. "We waited until I was 35 and Bill was 38 to try and have a baby.... Can I look back and regret the decisions I made in my 20s? Should I have frozen my eggs? ... I look back and think, 'No.' At the time I did what was right for me. In my 20s I was busy chasing my career, not chasing guys."

Bill had his own perspective, noting that "Where men and women differ on this is women typically wait for Mr. Right ... where men wait for the right time. Men wanna be financially stable before they bring a woman (home) and start a family."

But despite their recent difficulties, Giuliana says the risks are worth it. "The point is, OK, it's a small risk that something's going to happen if you wait later in life, but it depends -- are you willing to take that risk? And I think if you talk to people in their 20s, a lot of them are."

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