Jeannie Mai is going to be a first-time mother at 42 years old, and she's basking in that pregnancy glow while cradling her growing baby bump in a gorgeous new photo.
Jeannie Mai and her husband Jeezy are excited parents-to-be, sharing their pregnancy journey with fans on social media every chance they get. Recently, the lovely couple stepped out for an event, and the talk show host was looking gorgeous in a sheer bodysuit that showed off her baby bump.
Hand-in-hand with Jeezy, Mai posed for photos and embraced her husband as they danced in an adorable video that she shared on Instagram. She wore a black bodysuit and topped off her outfit with another sheer bodysuit which highlighted her figure.
START OF HER CAREER
Mai first started her career as a makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics in San Jose, California. She ended up traveling the world while working with music superstars like Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys. This led to some other gigs in the entertainment industry before she started her hosting career.
In 2005, she landed her very first primetime hosting job on "Character Fantasy." She then worked on several networks such as E!, Lifetime, TLC, and NBC, on "Today."
TURNING TO HOSTING
By 2011, she was hosting the Miss Universe pageant and consulting on "The Biggest Loser." The next year, she appeared as a guest judge on "Asia's Next Top Model, Cycle 1."
Since 2013, she's been a co-host of "The Real." At the time, she hosted alongside Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, and Tamera Mowry.
HER SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT
It came as a surprise to many when Mai announced that she and Jeezy are expecting their first child together. She made the announcement while five months pregnant, and revealed that she was "relieved" to share the news.
Her "The Real" co-hosts, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, and Garcelle Beauvais had no idea she was expecting, so it came as a shock to them when she announced it on their show. However, they are extremely happy for her and they look forward to celebrating together.
STRUGGLING TO CONCEIVE
Although Mai was vocal about not wanting to have children in the past, she and her husband decided they wanted to start a family almost a year ago. Unfortunately, they struggled to conceive initially.
The couple decided to try in-vitro fertilization or IVF, as she admitted that "we both needed a bit of assistance, especially with me being 41 at the time." However, the journey was not easy.
AN UNFORTUNATE OCCURRENCE
Just a month before their March 2021 wedding in their Atlanta home, Mai discovered she was pregnant, but soon after suffered a miscarriage. Speaking about the painful situation, she said:
"I wondered if I was being punished. I wondered if I'd jinxed myself or cursed myself. My entire life, I never wanted children. When I say never, I'm talking a hard-stop never."
HOPEFUL FOR A FAMILY
Ultimately, she said that falling in love with Jeezy helped her see a different life for herself. It was only when she met her husband that she could envision fostering a great environment to raise children.
Just a week after their wedding, she went to the doctor's clinic for an IVF appointment where she found out that she was pregnant again. She shared that it only made sense that they were able to conceive during the happiest and most stress-free days of her life.
THEIR PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
They announced their pregnancy in a grand way, sharing photos from their beautiful photoshoot in Santorini, Greece. In the first photo, Jeezy knelt down and planted a kiss on Mai's stomach, as the TV host bent down to kiss her husband's head.
In the caption, she wrote just how thankful she is to feel alive because of her pregnancy. She said: "When the heart sees what has been invisible to the eye... I have never been this thankful to feel so alive. Here come the Jenkins."
A CHANGE OF HEART
Her pregnancy announcement came as a surprise to many, especially those who already knew that she was once determined not to have children. However, thousands of people flocked to the comment section of her post to congratulate her on the lovely blessing.
Meanwhile, her ex-husband Freddy Harteis did not seem too happy about her pregnancy and went so far as to comment something mean on social media.
HER EX-HUSBAND'S RESPONSE
When a fan suggested her ex was "probably biting bricks and screaming" about the baby news, he reportedly responded in an already-deleted comment saying "Yep. I upgraded from trash to treasure a long time ago. Best decision I ever made. Congratulations. Being truly happy is an amazing feeling. Love my little family."
Unfortunately for Harteis, people managed to take a screenshot of his comment. "The Real" co-host Loni Love even jumped in to defend her friend and called him out.
HER FIRST MARRIAGE'S DEMISE
Harteis and Mai were previously married for 10 years. However, as Mai did not want to have children, they ended up separating, and Harteis ended up getting engaged again.
Six months after their split in 2017, Harteis revealed she was expecting his first child with his girlfriend Linsey Toole. They've since welcomed another child, and are currently engaged.
JEEZY AND MAI'S RELATIONSHIP
Meanwhile, Mai and Jeezy first started dating in November 2018. By January 2019, they appear together in an Instagram photo on Malika Haqq's Instagram. Three months later, they made their first public appearance at the SnoBall Gala in Atlanta.
Since then, the couple has been inseparable. They've gotten to know each other's families prior to their engagement, and their relationship was built on friendship and trust.
CHANGE OF PLANS
In April 2020, Jeezy proposed to Mai. While he was originally supposed to propose to her during a trip to Vietnam, this plan was canceled due to the travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, Jeezy was determined to propose to Mai regardless, so he planned a date night for them at home in Los Angeles. He brought Vietnam to her by filling his home with Vietnamese-themed decor and food.
Eleven months later, the lovely couple got married in an intimate ceremony in Atlanta. They had plans of getting married at Lake Como, but again, had to halt their plans due to the pandemic.
Now, they are happily expecting their first child together, and have been sharing precious moments of their pregnancy journey with fans on Instagram. Jeezy and Mai continue to work, and it is unclear when she'll stop to go on maternity leave.