Later in the episode while chatting with guest host Meredith Vieira, Hager shared that her coming bundle of joy is a boy.
“We weren’t really trying to get pregnant,” Hager said of herself and Henry Hager, her husband of almost 11 years. “We had some fertility issues with Poppy. This baby will be the first boy grandchild on both sides of their family. It’s a little bit of a shock, but it’s such great news.”
Hager admitted she felt a tinge of guilt sharing her news with the world, as her sister Barbara and new co-worker, Hoda Kotb, with whom she now co-hosts “Today with Hoda and Jenna,” have both talked about wanting children. Hager’s mother, a certain former first lady, eased her anxiety by saying, “Everyone gets their babies when they’re supposed to.”
“My mom and her mom before her struggled with infertility forever,” Hager said. “And so I thought that was a beautiful thing to say.”
But Kotb, a veteran anchor on the show, has had recent baby news of her own to share: She announced last week she and her partner Joel Schiffman adopted their second child.