Dylan Dreyer is using her story to raise awareness for an issue many women face.
On Monday, during NBC’s third hour of “Today”, the show’s meteorologist discussed attempting to get pregnant after having a son, 2-year-old Calvin, with her husband, Brian Fichera. This past winter, she learned she was pregnant and was overjoyed. However, one day she discovered she was bleeding.
Dreyer recalled telling her husband, “I think I lost the baby.”
“‘You didn’t do anything,'” she says he told her at the time. “‘This was just meant to happen, and this your body doing what your body should be doing.'”
Amid this painful loss, the 37-year-old TV personality continued to work, which often meant smiling through the pain.
“I’m devastated, and I have to go to work on the ‘Today’ show and be happy and smiling and pretend like nothing’s wrong,” she shared.
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Calvin is our whole world. Brian and I would love to expand our family and give Cal a sibling, but it’s been a lot harder than we ever expected. Coming up on #3rdHourTODAY, we’re going to open up about our struggle with secondary infertility. It’s a thing and something women shouldn’t be afraid to talk about. Be sure to watch and help me open up this conversation. #itsoktobesad (📷: @photonate)
It turns out that Dreyer struggles from secondary infertility, a condition that arises for roughly three million women, according to the University of Wisconsin Hospitals, after having a first or second child.
As she explained it, although she is only 37, her egg count resembles women who are in their mid-40s, meaning she and her husband couldn’t waste any time before seeing a specialist to seek solutions when they learned of her infertility.
“I see Calvin with other kids and I see how loving he is. My friend just had a baby, and he held her and it’s just so sweet. And I want to give that to him,” she explained, later adding, “I just want people to know that, yeah, I’m kind of going through it with you. I don’t know where this ends.”
In the next hour, Dreyer candidly discussed the next stage in their work to get pregnant, which begins very soon.
“I just want to be open and honest,” she said. “Next Friday, I think is the day I start the estrogen pills. Friday is the day we’re going to go all-in on the IVF because we want another baby. If that’s the way we’re going to do it, then that’s the way we’re going to do it.”
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