TODAY anchor Dylan Dreyer is expecting baby no. 2 after miscarriage.
She announced the exciting news on the show. She and husband Brian Fichera are expecting their second child in January.
The couple has a two-year-old son Calvin. They had been trying to give him a brother or sister for some time.
Dreyer announced the news with help from Calvin. In a video, Calvin held a sonogram and said there were five babies. Dylan told everyone that they are in fact only expecting one baby.
Dylan, 37, experienced secondary infertility after having Calvin. She revealed the sad news that she had a miscarriage last winter. However, the couple was able to conceive naturally.
"The day I was going to start my IVF ... the doctor called and said, 'Don't take anything, you're pregnant,'" she said Wednesday. "I'm just so happy now, I've been keeping this secret so long."
Secondary infertility, which is when women struggle to have another child after giving birth to one or more children, affects about 3 million women in the U.S.
“I didn’t know secondary infertility was a thing!” Dylan told TODAY Parents in April.
After going to a specialist, Dylan learned she has a low egg count. She also had an unusual amount of scarring from her emergency C-section during Calvin's birth.
Dreyer opened up about her struggle with secondary infertility in an op-ed. Despite its prevalence, people don't often speak about secondary fertility. That's one reason Dreyer has decided to share her struggles publicly.
She got pregnant with her two-year-old son so easily that she thought they would be able to add to their family easily when they decided to expand their family. But after trying for six months, they realized it would be more difficult this time.
She says it's more difficult because Calvin loves babies.
“I see Calvin with other kids and I see how loving he is. My friend just had a baby, and he held her and it’s just so sweet. And I wanna give that to him.”
After the couple tried to conceive for six months, her doctor referred them to a specialist. The standard definition of infertility is one year of trying without success, or six months if you’re over 35.
Dreyer says she feels lucky to have Calvin, but that she still wishes to expand her family. She also emphasized that miscarriages and infertility hurt no matter what.
“I just want people to know that, yeah, I’m kind of going through it with you,” Dreyer says. “I don’t know where this ends.”
Congratulations to the couple on their baby! May God bless their family!