In an interview with the TODAY with Hoda & Jenna hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, Isha Sesay opens about becoming pregnant at 47-years-old.


“It’s definitely something that not everybody understands, but that’s the whole thing, it’s your journey. It’s your story, and you know what you need,” the former CNN International anchor told Hoda and Jenna.

She continued in the interview saying, “And I knew that I wanted this child, and I didn’t need anyone else to cosign or understand the path to it. I was just going to make it happen.”

Sesay is vastly approaching the birth of her baby girl as a single mom and told Hoda that she hasn’t really allowed herself to think about the moment her bundle of joy is placed in her arms.

“You know it’s like you want something so badly, you pray for something for such a long time, and now I think I just — I don’t know what I’m going to be feeling other than this overwhelming gratitude. And it is gratitude tinged with sadness because my mom’s not physically here, but she’s spiritually here.”

Sesay’s mother passed away seven years ago as a result of a stroke.

Sesay announced the news of her pregnancy on the TODAY Show, in addition to with a written essay, back in October of 2022. The journalist underwent several failed rounds of in-vitro fertilization, (IVF), before successfully conceiving. She shared the emotionally excited moment when she first learned that she was expecting.

“The day before I was scheduled to return to the clinic, I finally caved in and bought a home test because I couldn’t bear a repeat of the hours-long wait before the clinic called with the results,” she shared. “The next morning I got up long before the sun was up, anxiously headed to my bathroom and opened the box. The minutes ticked by and I cycled through a myriad of emotions. When the word ‘pregnant’ flashed up on the tiny screen, I screamed and fell to my knees before bursting into tears.”

Congratulations, Isha! We cannot wait to see first pics of your baby girl. We are unquestionably sharing in the excitement of the moment with you!


Photo Credit(s)/Featured Image: TODAY with Hoda & Jenna Twitter; Isha Sesay Instagram; TODAY Show

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