Dylan Dreyer Joins ‘Today Show’ Baby Boom with Pregnancy Announcement
Last week, Today Show’s Dylan Dreyer announced the happy news that she is expecting her second child. The morning news program has been going through a considerable family ‘expansion’, with anchor Hoda Kotb adopting her second daughter, Hope Katherine, in April, and Jenna Bush Hager announcing that she’s expecting her third child, a baby boy.
For Dreyer, this pregnancy is especially treasured due to fertility issues and a miscarriage she suffered earlier this year.
Shining a light on secondary infertility
In April, Dreyer shared on Today that she and husband Brian Fichera were struggling with secondary infertility, which that affects about 3 million women in the United States, according to Today. The condition is when you have one or more biological children but then struggle to conceive again.
After attempting to conceive for six months, the couple went to a specialist. Dreyer revealed that she had a miscarriage in the winter, according to People. “’I think I lost the baby,’” Dreyer told her co-hosts of what she said to her husband. Fichera had told her, “’You didn’t lose the baby. It’s your body doing what it needs to do. You didn’t do anything wrong.”
Despite miscarrying, Dreyer recalled having to go to work, saying, “I’m devastated, and I have to go to work on the Today Show and be happy and smiling and pretend like nothing’s wrong.” Dreyer eventually shared her loss with her co-hosts.
According to People, Dreyer suffered from irregular menstrual cycles, with a blood test revealing she had a low egg count, which was uncommon for her age of 37. She also had surgery to remove scar tissue from her uterus.
Dreyer saw her situation as something to share in the hopes of helping other women. “This is something you need more awareness of. There’s this guilt that you have for wanting a second child when I have friends of my own who couldn’t have a single child. So here I am being ‘selfish’ that I want to have a second child and it’s like, no, that is not the case. This is our world,” she said. “My sadness doesn’t take away from anyone else’s happiness, and my sadness isn’t minimized because someone else has a sadder situation.” she said.
A VERY memorable Kentucky Derby
Dreyer had traveled to the Kentucky Derby to cover the event for Today while she and her husband were preparing to start IVF treatments. “The day I was going to start my IVF, I had all my medicines, I brought it down to the Kentucky Derby with me, and the doctor calls and says, ‘Don’t take anything. You’re pregnant!”
The call took the couple by total surprise, since they were expecting a very different conversation with the doctor. “I was just waiting for the phone call from Dr. Reichman, to tell me how much of each drug to use,” Dreyer recalled. “Instead, when he called, he said, ‘Well, you can’t start IVF because you’re already pregnant!’ We were in complete shock. We couldn’t believe it!”
Dreyer told People that while she knows the scar-removal surgery helped her conceive again, she truly felt the prayers of others helped to give her this blessing. “I was assuming I’d be starting IVF around the beginning of May… By putting my story out there, I feel like the thousands of prayers and good wishes we received really made a difference. I knew it was in God’s hands, and this is certainly an answered prayer,” she said.
Due in January
According to People, Dreyer said that she’s in her second trimester with a baby boy and “past the point of worrying much about miscarriage.”
Now she’s looking forward to giving her son Calvin, 2 1/2, a little brother, saying, “[The baby] continues to grow healthy and strong each day. I’m so excited for Calvin to have a little [sibling]; he sort of understands what’s going on but when you ask him about the baby, he says he wants to pet it. So we’ll see!”
Though she wanted to tell her co-hosts, she tried her best to wait until she was at a safe point in her pregnancy. “I’m just such a bad liar,” Dreyer told People. “I was at [Craig Melvin‘s birthday] party drinking water with an olive in it, so everyone would think it was a martini. Meanwhile, my clothes weren’t fitting well.”
She went on to say that fellow anchor Al Roker was onto her special secret. “It’s funny because [Al] was the first to know when I was pregnant with Calvin, too,” Dreyer said. “He said to me, ‘I just have an inkling.’ “
Congrats to Dreyer and Fichera! Looks like the Today Show has several bundles of joy headed their way!