Despite all the infertility issues, The Food Network’s Katie Lee is determined and hopeful to start a family with her husband Ryan Biegel.
The Endless Summer Cookbook author told Us Weekly exclusively at the NYC Wine and Food Festival's Aperitivo presented by Fratelli Beretta, hosted by her and sponsored by Liquor.com, about their family planning. The couple hoped to have a baby in their life immediately after their marriage, but they are currently fighting to fulfill their dream. “[We’re] still trying," she said. “We’ll see what happens.”
In April, for the first time, Katie opened up about her infertility issues and how much the pregnancy rumours have hurt her. She wrote to her fans on Instagram, “I get multiple messages a day asking me if I’m pregnant or why I am not pregnant yet. I get comments saying I look like I’ve gained weight, so I must be pregnant.”
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I get multiple messages a day asking me if I’m pregnant or why I am not pregnant yet. I get comments saying I look like I’ve gained weight, so I must be pregnant. After one said that I looked “thick in the waist” I finally responded that it’s not ok to comment on a woman’s body and you never know what someone is going through. There is so much pressure on women to look a certain way and while most mean well with baby questions, it can be hurtful. Many of you sent me messages sharing your personal stories of fertility issues. You helped me, so now I want to share my story with you. When Ryan and I got married, our plan was to start a family right away. I couldn’t wait to get pregnant! I naively thought it would be easy. I’m a healthy woman, I eat a balanced diet, exercise, I don’t smoke. Ryan is the same. But reproductive health is an entirely different ballgame. We were trying, I had to have surgery to correct a problem, got an infection, then I was so run down I got shingles. My doctor advised us to try iVF. We just finished the intense process only to get zero healthy embryos. Not only is iVF physically exhausting, the emotional toll is unparalleled. We were filled with hope and excitement only to be crushed. It is really hard to put on a happy face. Fertility issues are supposed to be private so many of us are silently in pain. I hesitated to share this but I feel comfort when I hear others’ stories and I hope any of you in a similar situation know you are not alone. When people ask me when I’m getting pregnant, it hurts. It’s just a reminder that I’m not. When they say I look like I’ve gained weight, I have. I can’t exercise as much and the hormones have made me bloated. At church on Easter, the priest started his sermon with a story about a family struggling to have a baby and the happiness they are now experiencing that their prayers have been answered. He said it is a time of new beginnings. Tears streamed down my face. I know a family will happen for us, it is just going to be a different journey than we imagined. We will keep working towards it. Someday we will have our happy new beginning and I pray any of you experiencing the same will have yours too.
She went on explaining how depressed she feels when people comment on her weight and put pressure on her looks. The 38-year-old star married TV producer Ryan Biegel on September 01, 2018, and they wanted to start a family immediately. But, she was hardly prepared for the challenges that life had to throw at them!
"I couldn't wait to get pregnant! I naively thought it would be easy," Katie explained. She had to endure surgery to correct a fertility problem, which led to an infection and eventually shingles. "My doctor advised us to try IVF," she added, “We just finished the intense process only to get zero healthy embryos. Not only is IVF physically exhausting, the emotional toll is unparalleled. We were filled with hope and excitement, only to be crushed.”
Being a part of the battle herself, she can totally relate to women who suffer from infertility issues and have to face criticism from society. She expressed to Us Weekly how her heart cries out for the women who have reached out to her through social media and have shared their similar experiences. The Beach Bites With Katie Lee star also understands that many women do not even dare to even discuss their experiences and rather suffer through eternal guilt of infertility in silence.
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*GIVEAWAY ALERT* Next weekend is the 12th annual @NYCWFF! I hope I’ll see you there, so I’m giving away a pair of tickets to each of my two events; Aperitivo (an Italian-themed happy hour! )and the Culinary Demonstrations at the Grand Tasting where I’ll join so many of my @foodnetwork friends for an afternoon of food, wine, culinary demos and book signings! Two lucky people will win and join me!! To enter, simply follow these rules: 1. Follow me and @nycwff 2. Like this post 3. Comment with your favorite cocktail 4. Must be 21+ Good luck!! Winner will be chosen Monday, 10/7! P.S. The best part of the festival is that it’s all for a good cause, @foodbank4nyc and @nokidhungry
Katie went on to say, “When people ask me when I’m getting pregnant, it hurts. It’s just a reminder that I’m not. When they say I look like I’ve gained weight, I have." Along with the emotional and physical stress, the entire process of IVF has also taken a toll on her body and caused certain hormonal changes. Katie says she cannot indulge herself in rigorous exercise.
But, nothing deters the will of the former Top Chef host, as she concluded, “I know a family will happen for us; it is just going to be a different journey than we imagined.” We hope Lee and other women going through the same pain will have a happy new beginning one day.