“The Real” co-host has announced she and her husband are expecting their first child together.
“Jeezy and I have been kind of saving this and hiding this for five months,” Mai told Women’s Health. “So, we’re relieved to finally share the news.”
It hasn’t been an easy journey for the couple, who struggled to conceive and opted for in-vitro fertilization. “It was not easy,” she said of the process. “We both needed a bit of assistance, especially with me being 41 at the time.”
A month before the couple’s March 2021 wedding, Mai discovered she was pregnant. Soon after, she suffered a miscarriage. “I wondered if I was being punished. I wondered if I’d jinxed myself or cursed myself,” she said. “My entire life, I never wanted children. When I say never, I’m talking a hard-stop never.”
But she eventually had a change of heart. “Falling in love with Jeezy made me see life differently for myself. Our love is honest, pure, and safe…something I hadn’t felt as a child,” she added.
A week after their wedding, Mai discovered she was pregnant again. “It was the most beautiful sign that anything’s possible, that you’re not in control, and God has a plan,” she recalled.
The couple is excited to welcome Baby Jenkins and is sharing in every moment of the pregnancy. According to Mai, Jeezy even claims to experience sympathy pregnancy symptoms including cravings and nausea, but she’s not buying it.
During Monday’s season premiere of “The Real,” the mom-to-be showed off her baby bump and she shared the “surreal” news with her co-hosts. “I always said I’d never be a mom,” said an emotional Mai. “But I do know that you never say never and that love can really change you.”
This is the first child for Mai and the fourth child for Jeezy, who has three children from previous relationships–Jadarius, Shyheim, and Amra.