It's been a long time trying to get to this point, but Jamie Otis is pregnant! Otis shared a sweet Instagram post featuring her husband Doug Hehner making the announcement. Getting to this pregnancy hasn't been easy for the couple, as they've dealt with fertility issues and pregnancy loss.
"We went to the fertility specialist and found out WE ARE PREGNANT!!!" Otis wrote, including a pregnant lady emoji. In the picture, Otis is holding sonogram pictures and wearing a look of shock and joy. Hehner is excitedly taking the selfie.
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We went to the fertility specialist and found out WE ARE PREGNANT!!!🤰🏼 I cannot even believe it!😭👏🏻🥰...after 18 long, painful months, two losses and negative after negative on the pregnancy tests we are *finally* pregnant again!💗 Of course I am being cautiously optimistic, but I have a feeling this little one is going to stick..🙏🏻🤰🏼🙏🏻 ....the only thing is, yesterday the nurse called and said my blood work came back a bit different than anticipated. • Based on my last period, I should be about 4 weeks along. The blood work to support this would look like this: progesterone 8-10 & HCG 50-300 • My blood work came back like this: progesterone 51 & HCG 1,441 !!! • This means that I’m either further along OR I could potentially have TWINS!😱👯(They said it’s most likely I’m further along but I would absolutely love twins!)💞 • Thank you, thank you, *THANK YOU!* for all the encouragement, love, & prayers. IT WORKED! WE ARE FINALLY PREGNANT !!!!! 🤰🏼💗✨ • And before I end this looong caption, I just want to say this: if you’re reading this & are currently in the process of #ttc - oh mama, my heart hurts for you.😞 I know the instant internal pain that comes from another’s pregnancy announcement - even if you are or at least want to be - happy for the lucky couple. I just want you to know that your rainbow will come too. The storm cant stay forever. Hold onto hope! I am thinking of you!👶🏼🌈 • ....@doughehner & I recorded a bonus podcast ep on @hotmarriagecoolparents so we could share the WHOLE story on how we found out the best news of our lives with you! I put the link in my bio for ya!🤰🏼👶🏼✨ • • #mafs #marriedatfirstsight #bestfrans #pregnancyannouncement #finally #pregnant #pleasestick #rainbowbaby #firsttrimester #pregnancyjourney #preggo #yaya #familygoals #ttc #tryingtoconceive #ttccommunity #positivethoughts #instagood #tryingtoconceive #fertilityjourney #fertility #twins #twinsofinstagram #preggers #pregnancyphoto #pregnancyreveal #pregnancy #growingfamily
The road to this pregnancy has been fraught. Otis writes: "after 18 long, painful months, two losses and negative after negative on the pregnancy tests we are *finally* pregnant again!" Most recently, she had a miscarriage in January of this year. The couple are parents to Henley, who is two. Before Henley was born, Otis suffered a miscarriage at four months shortly after announcing her pregnancy. She and Hehner named their son Jonathan Edward.
“My sweet angel baby, Johnathan Edward, made me a ‘real’ mommy for the first time. Although I only held him in my arms for a few short hours, I’ve carried him in my heart every.single.day since then,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Mother's Day.
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I was 19 years old & a freshman in college when I first celebrated “Mother’s day” I was raising my 3 younger siblings in a tiny little trailer. We didn’t have *any* money, but they surprised me with a little home-made dinner & it was the absolute best!☺️ • The first time I celebrated “for real” I was in my first trimester with our first pregnancy.🤰🏼 I woke up to the sweeeetest card & a manicure/pedicure gift for me AND my sis since she was visiting. (@doughehner THE best for including her!) The card brought me to tears. He had written how excited he was to become a daddy and how he could see the toll pregnancy was taking on me (I was pretty sick with this pregnancy). He ended it with “I can’t wait to meet our baby boy and see you as a mother. You’re going to be the best mommy!” ... then only a few short months later we did meet him.🤱🏻 I delivered him at 17 weeks and he immediately went to dance with the angels in heaven.👼🏼 We will never know his laugh or see him smile. Our hearts were ripped out of our chest.😰 My sweet angel baby, Johnathan Edward, made me a “real” mommy for the first time. Although I only held him in my arms for a few short hours, I’ve carried him in my heart every.single.day since then.💙 • When I got pregnant for this beauty👆🏼 I was SCARED SCARED SCARED. I wasn’t sick while pregnant with her. The pregnancy was entirely different than with Johnathan. It was easy & uneventful. But there wasn’t a moment that went by that I didn’t fear I’d lose her. Then on August 22, 2017 she came into the world calm & content. She was such a happy little nugget.👶🏼 Holding her in my arms while looking down to see her just simply *breathe* made my heart whole again.🙏🏻🌈 She has been the absolute BEST thing that has ever happened to me. I am beyond *thankful* I have her & I know exactly how blessed I am! • I know this is a long post, but shows that there are so many types of mamas out there. Some may not have their children to hold. Others have children they’re raising who are way too old for her to possibly have birthed.😂 I never felt like a “real” mama until my...(continue reading in the comments, I learned that trick from @hilaryduff 😉)
Jamie Otis has never shied away from the difficult conversations around secondary infertility and miscarriage. “For me, I thought having a family would be very easy, so my own misconception about myself was [that] I would be able to have a family very easily,” she said on the Share Your Shine podcast this past spring. “Come to find out, it’s not as easy … and come to find out, one in four women will have these same issues.”
"Of course I am being cautiously optimistic," she writes in her Instagram post. "But I have a feeling this little one is going to stick." After everything she's been through over the last few years of trying to have children, it's understandable that she's nervous.
And in the post, she goes on to share some more news. After receiving a call from the nurse, there are two possible developments. "Based on my last period, I should be about 4 weeks along," she begins, adding what your blood results should be at that stage. She mentions that her blood work came back with significantly higher numbers than expected. "This means that I’m either further along OR I could potentially have TWINS!" she says. According to her, the doctors believe she's probably further along than her calculations, but she adds she "would absolutely love twins!"
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We’ve been trying to get pregnant for 18 months.🤰🏼 That’s 78 weeks - 547 days.🙃 We suffered two losses back to back early on and then nothing for the last 10 months.🤷🏻♀️...I honestly never believed it’d come to this, but Thursday we meet with a fertility doctor🙏🏻💗 BUT we’re *not*giving*up*HOPE* bc I can’t push this big kid around forever🤣 • I’m trying to make light of it—but honestly—this has been really rough on us.😕 It’s devastating to get negative after negative each month. If anyone has any advice I’m all ears bc at this point I have *literally* tried EVERYTHING. ...and please don’t say to “just stop trying” bc 1) that’s easier said than done and 2) we kinda did try this for a few months (we didn’t track ovulation, pee on sticks, etc) but we continued to have sex, and that didn’t work for us either....so any tips but that one.☺️ Thanks for all the prayers, support, and baby dust sent our way.✨👶🏼💕 • • • #ttc #tryingtoconceive #pregnancyjourney #pregnancylossawareness #mafs #bigbaby #fambam #family #mylittlefamily #famgoals #momlife #dadlife #ttcjourney #ttccommunity #marriedatfirstsight #familyplanning#toddlermom #momproblems #momprobs #girlmom #toddlerlife
At the end of her post, she includes a note to others struggling with their fertility. "I just want to say this: if you’re reading this & are currently in the process of #ttc - oh mama, my heart hurts for you," she begins. "I just want you to know that your rainbow will come too. The storm cant stay forever. Hold onto hope! I am thinking of you!"