By Keydra Manns
The path to motherhood is more than just pickle cravings and maternity clothes. For some women, it’s a long complicated road of physical and emotional trauma.
theGrio’s own Natasha S. Alford sat down with The View’s Sunny Hostin and unpacked Hostin’s tumultuous journey to motherhood. The attorney and author opened up about how rough her road to motherhood was, sharing that in the end, it was all worth it.
Hostin says she and her husband, Emmanuel Hostin, experienced physical challenges in order to get pregnant.
“Our journey included bed rest, a torn placenta, five miscarriages, IVF, my son almost not making it,” says Hostin over a video call with Alford.
More recently, Chrissy Teigen and John Legendpublicly mourned the loss of their third child shortly after birth. Their tragic story resonated with many moms who’ve faced challenges with fertility and/or pregnancy loss. What’s more, the month of October is Infant Loss Awareness Month.
Hostin has two children, Gabriel and Paloma. She says that everyone’s journey to motherhood is unique.
“My sister-in-law adopted my beautiful nephew from Haiti right before the earthquake. I have other friends who you know have had their children without problems. So whatever your path is to becoming a mother, it’s your path.”
Despite the hardships she endured she says being a mother is the “joy” of her life and she “wouldn’t trade anything for it.”
“And it’s so worth it,” she tells theGrio. I think you just stay the course, and know that at the end of the day that it really is the most beautiful thing you can experience in my view.”
As the ladies come near the end of their conversation Hostin says motherhood is bigger than oneself.
“And when they say you are, suddenly wearing your heart outside of your body, that’s true but you also get to see, the dreams of your ancestors and their hopes continue and there is something really special about that.”
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