Katie Lee’s family is getting bigger. The Food Network star, 38, announced that she’s pregnant with her first child with husband Ryan Biegel following her struggles with fertility.
On Wednesday, February 26, The Kitchen star shared a photo of her bare baby bump and a plate of spaghetti. “Eating for two,” the Summer Cookbook author captioned the adorable shot. “Baby Biegel is on the way!”
During an interview with Us Weekly in October 2019, Katie revealed that she and the producer were “still trying” to have children despite difficulty conceiving. “We’ll see what happens.”
She continued, “There are so many women who go through this and just kind of keep it to themselves. I’ve had so many of them reach out to me through social media and hearing other people’s stories and sharing your stories is a way for women to find comfort together. My heart just goes out to anybody who’s going through that.”
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The food critic’s reveals comes 10 months after she initially opened up about the struggled to get pregnant on Instagram. “When Ryan and I got married, our plan was to start a family right away,” she captioned the April 2019 post.
She continued, “I couldn’t wait to get pregnant! I naively thought it would be easy. 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.”
Katie admitted that it “hurt” to be asked about her pregnancy progress during that trying journey. “When they say I look like I’ve gained weight, I have,” Katie explained at the time. “I can’t exercise as much, and the hormones have made me bloated. 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.”
Katie and Ryan tied the knot in September 2018. Prior to that relationship, she was married to Billy Joel for six years before their split in 2010.