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Former E! Host Maria Menounos opens up about surrogacy journey

In a recent episode of her YouTube series, "Better Together With Maria Menounos," the entertainment reporter opened up about the struggles of her surrogacy journey.

"I thought, you know, we'd have the surrogacy thing down. We'd be implanted by now. We'd have all this excitement and that just keeps not working," the 43-year-old entertainment reporter said in the video.

Menounos, announced in last December that she and husband Keven Undergaro were preparing to have a baby via surrogacy. Around the same time though both her parents were struck by COVID-19, with her mother already battling brain cancer simultaneously, and who unfortunately passed away May of this year.

"The thing I keep saying to my mom is, 'We're going to get better every minute of every day, Mom. Every minute of every day we're getting better and better.' That's my mantra," she said in December.

"Yesterday, I said to her, 'You gotta get strong, you gotta hang on — you've got grandchildren coming, and they might even be showing up…' well, they're definitely showing up next year. I was gonna say around a certain time, but I won't share yet because I don't wanna — anyway!"

Talking about her infertility struggles, she joked that even her late mother, Litsa, was getting tired of her talking about her journey but not having any updates.

“We’re trying so hard,” she admitted.

Earlier this year, Menounos event hinted at considering a move to Nashville to raise her children, remarking, “It is beautiful, and we are going to have a family. We want to raise them somewhere where there will be kids next door to play with and you’re not afraid. L.A. just doesn’t have that, especially in the kid phase of our lives, I want something different. I think Nashville might be Mama Bear’s bed.”

Sadly, things did not go as planned for Menounos and husband Kevin as the couple clarified later that there was still no confirmed pregnancy. The pandemic definitely threw a curveball at hundreds and thousands of couples pursuing fertility treatments across the world. Our hearts go out to all these couples yearning to build a family, and we hope that they are able to materialize their dreams of parenthood soon.


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