Jeannie Mai Jenkins Pregnant With Her First Child After Fertility Battle

The Real co-host Jeannie Mai Jenkins is going to be a mom.

The 42-year-old TV personality revealed that she and husband Jeezy are expecting their first child together, in a new interview with Women’s Health on Monday.

Jeannie was candid about the difficult time she had conceiving, including a painful miscarriage. “It wasn’t easy,” she admitted.

Mom to be: Jeannie Mai revealed she and husband Jeezy are expecting their first child together, in a new interview with Women’s Health on Monday

“Jeezy and I kept this for a bit and hid it for five months,” Jeannie gushed to the magazine. “So we’re relieved to finally be able to share the news.”

The brunette beauty debuted her growing baby bump in a series of gorgeous photos where she posed outdoors in a flowing royal blue dress.

Mai revealed that she and her rapper husband went the IVF route trying to conceive and miscarried around the time the couple tied the knot in March.

“I wondered if I was being punished. I wondered if I had cursed or cursed myself,” she admitted. ‘All my life I’ve never wanted children. When I say never, I’m talking about a hard stop never.’

“Jeezy and I kept this for a bit and hid it for five months,” Jeannie gushed to the magazine. “So we’re relieved to finally be able to share the news.”

Struggle: Mai revealed that she and her rapper husband went the IVF route trying to conceive and miscarried around the time the couple tied the knot in March

Struggle: Mai revealed that she and her rapper husband went the IVF route trying to conceive and miscarried around the time the couple tied the knot in March

The television star explained that it was the “honest, pure and safe” love she found with her husband that opened her to the idea of ​​starting a family.

“It was the best sign that anything is possible, that you have no control, and that God has a plan,” Jeannie said when she found out she was pregnant right after she got married.

Mai said that during the last five months of her pregnancy, she reflects on her own upbringing, especially how her own parents coped with the trauma of her sexual assault.

“It touches me as an adult to this day. So now, when I think about my child, I can only tell you how much I intend to protect this child,” she said. “I’ve locked that.”

“I wondered if I was being punished.  I wondered if I had cursed or cursed myself,” she admitted.  'All my life I've never wanted children.  When I say never, I'm talking about a hard stop never.'

“I wondered if I was being punished. I wondered if I had cursed or cursed myself,” she admitted. ‘All my life I’ve never wanted children. When I say never, I’m talking about a hard stop never.’

In 2018, Jeannie went public with her story of sexual abuse by a family member when she was a child.

On an episode of The Real, Mai revealed that she had been repeatedly abused by a family member from the age of 9 and up to the age of 13.

“It took four years, and two years later I found the strength to say something. But if it took me two years or it took me twenty years, it doesn’t matter what happened to me,” she said at the time.

“It was the best sign that anything is possible, that you have no control, and that God has a plan,” Jeannie said when she found out she was pregnant right after she got married.

Looking to the future, Jeannie told Women’s Health that she isn’t sure what to expect in her new role as a mother, but is seeking guidance from her husband who has two children from a previous relationship. “He’s a great father,” Jeannie gushed.

Mai announced the big news the same day her talk show, The Real, returned for an all-new season eight.

Jeannie, a former makeup artist, has served as the co-host of The Real since its inception in 2013.

She was previously married to Freddy Harteis from 2007 – 2017. Jeannie began dating Jeezy in 2018 and got married during the pandemic in a small ceremony in Atlanta in March 2021.

Big day: Mai announced the big news the same day her talk show, The Real, returned for an all-new season eight

Big day: Mai announced the big news the same day her talk show, The Real, returned for an all-new season eight

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