Unlike most women, journalist Tamron Hall wanted to keep her pregnancy a secret.
The former “Today” host, 48, recently revealed that she feared her pregnancy would end unsuccessfully, People reports.
“I was high-risk, not just because of my age, but there were other medical factors too.”
The new mom did not announce her pregnancy until she was 32 weeks along in March. She didn’t want to have to deliver any bad news.
The Pregnancy Birth and Baby organization reports that older women are more likely to experience miscarriage, high blood pressure, and premature labor.
“I just wasn’t mentally prepared to deal with that. That’s why I waited. And trust me — if I could’ve gone the whole way to delivery, I would’ve.”
Due to these increased risks, the organization emphasizes the importance of good antenatal care, or care while pregnant.
As People reports, Hall did not find much success in fertility treatments when she began them in her 30s.
“Just like with my job search during that time, there were so many frustrations: I’m putting in the work, I’m taking care of my mind and my body and I’m being rejected. I’m thinking, ‘Wait a minute. What have I done wrong here?’ Somehow, like Rocky, I kept getting up.”
When she entered the clinic at a later age, she said she found herself feeling sad as she looked around at the other women there. Her only thought was “that some of us will have to give up along the way.”
“I knew that the clock was not on my side. When I tried in my 30s, I still felt like I had some time, and the fertility clinic felt like a bright room. In my 40s I saw all the gray: The faces looked gray, the walls were gray, nothing seemed shiny and optimistic.”
Now that she has welcomed her baby boy, Hall credits her new successes to a major loss.
Moses & Mama. Thank yall for the love and support. I can’t wait to introduce you to my “sonshine”. Grateful for the kindness you offered us along the way. pic.twitter.com/SCs8O7QrUc
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) April 25, 2019
It was when she “lost her spot” on the third hour of NBC’s “Today” in 2017 that she realized her “life had to be about something bigger than work.”
“I’m from the South, and there’s a saying: ‘It’s not a setback; it’s a setup for something else.’ That loss set me up for, yes, a dream job but also my baby, my husband, my family. I just couldn’t see it coming.”
People reports that Hall will be hosting her own new syndicated talk show that premieres on September 9.
— Tamron Hall Show (@TamronHallShow) May 16, 2019