She is an anchor and managing editor of E! News, he is the original Apprentice, and together, they star in their own reality series, Giuliana & Bill on the Style Network — Hollywood power couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic join The Doctors to help explain how to handle life's most unexpected turns.
Giuliana and Bill are both on the road often and spend a significant amount of time away from each other. They are not alone, though, as data shows that 3.5 million married Americans lived involuntarily apart in 2005. Fortunately for the couples, studies have found that divorce rates among commuter marriages are no higher than when spouses live under the same roof.
"For us, it [has] worked out great," Bill says. "We found that it turns the volume down on the things that aren't that important. You're together three days a week, or four days a week only, you really eliminate a lot of the arguments that most couples would have."
OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says that having a commuter marriage can even extend the honeymoon period.
"It's almost our fourth year of marriage, and definitely, we still feel like we're dating, which is great," Bill says.
Giuliana agrees. "At the end of the day, I think we spend more quality time [together] than a lot of couples who live under the same roof," she says. "So many people, they go to work first thing in the morning, they come home at the end of the day and they're tired. Or one goes out for drinks with friends, and they don't even see each other that much, and they take each other for granted because they live under the same roof.
"Because we [don't have] much time together, our time together is very precious to us," she adds. "It's been working out."
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After trying to have a baby naturally for more than a year with no success, Giuliana and Bill went to a fertility specialist to undergo intrauterine insemination (IUI), an in-office procedure for treating infertility, but it failed. They then underwent a successfull in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
"It worked, which is the great news," Giuliana says. "But then, after eight weeks, we found out that we had miscarried. It was a chromosomal issue. We did IVF again after that, and sadly, that one just didn't take. It's a numbers game. Eventually, it will happen, and IVF is an unbelievable technology. But it just hasn't quite happened for us yet."
Dr. Lisa explains that 15 to 20 percent of pregnancies result in miscarriages. "I see it all the time as a gynecologist," she says. "There's so much guilt. Women wonder, what did I do? Nobody did anything! That's what every woman has to know: It's not [her] fault at all. It just happens."
The couple's emotional journey is one that many people go through, but theirs played out in front of millions on their TV show . "At first, we thought [having the situation highly publicized] was a negative," Bill says. "But it turned out to be one of the best things we've ever done. It was so rewarding. We said, 'We're on a crusade to help others,' because so many people suffer from infertility and go through the same thing that we've gone through, and they suffer in silence, because no one ever talked about it. It was never discussed before. There was always a stigma attached to the couples getting pregnant."
"The key is to realize you are not alone," Giuliana says. "One in eight couples deal with infertility, and a lot of people do suffer in silence. You just need to know you are not alone, this happens to a lot of people. Doctors have a lot of answers for you if you just go see someone."
The couple explains what's next for them in their fertility journey and life.
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