Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss has always been open about wanting to have a large family, especially after marrying Todd Tucker in 2014. They’d had one successful pregnancy after going through in vitro previously but after a year of trying unsuccessfully to have a child, the couple began to explore surrogacy.
Viewers watched as they weighed their options and met with doctors and potential carriers of their child last season. It was recently confirmed that they’d settled on a surrogate and that their second child was due in 2010. Fans got more insight into why the couple opted to go the surrogate route during the premiere episode of RHOA season 12.
Kandi Burruss experienced health issues that would prevent her from carrying her child
Burruss was blessed to become pregnant and give birth to her son, Ace, through the help of in vitro. Prior to her pregnancy with Ace, she and Tucker had been open to having children together but became concerned after trying for two years to no avail.
In an interview with Madame Noire in 2015, Burruss spoke about struggling to conceive and discovering that there was a more serious issue that prevented pregnancy. “We weren’t trying to prevent it for a couple of years, and nothing was happening,” Burruss told the publication. Medical testing would reveal that Burruss was suffering from uterine fibroids.
WebMD defines uterine fibroids as the most common “benign lumps” (or tumors) that “grow on the uterus” and in some cases, these growths can cause complications with conception. “We realized I had a fibroid—a big one—inside the cavity of the uterus where your baby would implant,” Burruss explained. She had surgery to remove the fibroid, a procedure she’d had done previously. At the time, she was already 38 years old and entering in the age group of where a high-risk pregnancy would be potential so she and Tucker opted for IVF as a way to no longer delay the process and to heighten their chances of conception. Their son Ace was born in 2016.
In a clip of the preview episode of season 12 of RHOA, Burruss spoke with her doctor about deciding not to carry this time around due to having multiple surgeries related to her fibroids and not wanting to have to go through another procedure.
Kandi Burruss had other embryos from in-vitro that she did not want to discard
Fibroids was not the only reason that Burruss and Tucker decided to try their hand at surrogacy. During season 11 of RHOA, Burruss and Tucker explored expanding their family once more. Burruss revealed during a confessional that she had three healthy embryos extracted during her initial in vitro procedure and that there were two remainings.
Burruss and Tucker were seen meeting to discuss what they’d do with the remaining embryos and Buruss insisted that they utilize both with the hopes of having twins. While Tucker was not on board with having three young children with their busy schedule, an emotional Burruss spoke to her doctor and potential surrogate about feeling guilty if she’d only implant one embryo, leaving the other or potentially discarding one.
Ultimately, Burruss and Tucker did decide to implant both embryos into their surrogate. Unfortunately, one of the embryos did not survive. Though saddened, Burrus said that she’s grateful that the surrogate’s pregnancy is going well.
Follow Burruss’ and Tucker’s surrogacy journey on RHOA every Sunday night at 8PM on Bravo.