Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Adrienne Houghton Wants Y’all to Know: ‘I Don’t Have Fertility Issues’

*OK! Magazine caught up with “The Real” co-host Adrienne Houghton to get an update on she and husband Israel’s efforts to have a children.

Adrienne’s been open about having Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a condition that causes weight gain and she has previously addressed rumors and speculation about how the baby making is going.

“I’m really enjoying the process of making it! That’s been a good time,” she said. “I joked around on my show but obviously there is a realness to the fact that not everybody gets pregnant the first time they try. For me it just hasn’t been that way. We actually started trying in August so I know a lot of people were like, ‘Oh my God.’ I do want to clarify, I don’t have fertility issues. I think it is important [to say that] because that’s a really serious thing, you shouldn’t throw that around. But we do have to be just more sensitive in general. I thought I could try and it would just happen and it didn’t work out that way, but I do believe in God’s timing. I’m in no rush, and we’re enjoying ourselves.”

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While the process can be challenging, Adrienne says she stays encouraged by knowing “there’s a plan and purpose and everything’s going to work out exactly the way it’s supposed to, when it’s supposed to.”

She’s also moved by other influencers who are also sharing their own unique journeys to motherhood.

“Seeing stories like Carrie Underwood, Gabrielle Union. I think normalizing the conversation is important,” she said. “I think as women, we can shame ourselves and feel, ‘Well, I’m not woman enough if I didn’t get pregnant because you looked at me.’ I’m looking at myself like, ‘I’m Latina, I have hips, I’m going to be able to pop a baby out with no problem,’ and it may not go that way for me, and that’s okay, too. Everyone’s journey to having a baby is not the same. It doesn’t make one more special than the other. Everyone’s is unique and they’re all miracles from heaven. So I’m just like, stay positive and don’t give up.”

Adrienne would still prefer that people be a bit more sensitive when discussing fertility and motherhood.

“I think it is important for us as women, to one, be sensitive,” she said. “I’m just eating sweet potato pie. I’m not pregnant currently, people. That’s offensive, too! Like, ‘Yo, I think she’s pregnant.’ No guys, I’ve just been eating well. So that’s one, we have to be more sensitive to that. And also, to the comments, you’ve got to be careful, because I think there really are people that are trying. There’s people that we think didn’t struggle at all and they just got pregnant, and then when you have a real conversation with them, they’re like, ‘No sweetie, we tried, it didn’t work,’ or ‘I had miscarriages.’ I think that brings hope, comfort and reassurance to women that have been through that.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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