Jenna Bush Hager Reveals She Suffered an Ectopic Pregnancy
By Jackie Willis
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Jenna Bush Hager will soon be a mother of three, but her first pregnancy wasn't an easy one.
On Tuesday's Today show, the morning show co-host opened up about the fertility struggles she endured before the birth of her first child, 6-year-old Mila. Hager remembers learning she was pregnant while on vacation but upon paying a visit to her doctor, she found out something was wrong.
"Before I had Mila, I had a pregnancy in my fallopian tube,” she told Meredith Vieira, who was filling in for Hoda Kotb on Today. “It was my first pregnancy."
"I got to the doctor’s office and she said, 'Yeah you're pregnant, we gave the blood test, but we can't find the baby,'" Hager recalled. “I had no idea what an ectopic pregnancy was. They looked up and the baby was in my fallopian tube.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, an ectopic pregnancy "occurs when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus. ...An ectopic pregnancy can't proceed normally. The fertilized egg can't survive, and the growing tissue may cause life-threatening bleeding, if left untreated."
The daughter of former President George W. Bush was immediately rushed into emergency surgery.
"It is very isolating," she admitted. "There is joy and there is pain."
"I'm pregnant! And I'm only telling because Mila and Poppy found out yesterday in their Easter baskets," Bush Hager said of her two children. "They told the man behind me on the airplane. They told the people at church. ...They are so happy. I mean, to where they're telling strangers."