Mina Starsiak Is Pregnant! HGTV Star Expecting Second Child After Emotional Infertility Struggles
After her emotional battle with infertility, Mina Starsiak Hawk is expecting baby No. 2!
“We’re pregnant!” the Good Bones star, 35, tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue, out Friday. “It’s super, super exciting! We feel incredibly lucky.”
Starsiak Hawk, who is due in September, has been documenting her infertility struggles on social media. The HGTV home renovation host and her husband, Steve Hawk, welcomed their first child, son Jack Richard, in August 2018, but later struggled to get pregnant again.
“Based on our experience with Jack, by month three of trying, I was like, ‘This is not going to schedule. This isn’t how it happened the first time. There’s no reason it should be taking this long,’ ” she tells PEOPLE.
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After revealing in December that her first round of IVF failed, “We wanted to try one more time,” she tells PEOPLE. “And then I think we both would have been okay and settled with being done, but the one more time worked.”
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That one more time was something Starsiak Hawk calls a “Hail Mary” for her and her husband: a non-medicated round of intrauterine insemination (IUI), a less-invasive fertility treatment in which a doctor injects a man’s sperm directly into the woman’s uterus, bypassing the cervix.
And the positive test result threw the couple for an extremely happy loop. “When I told [Steve] I was pregnant with Jack, he just started crying. When I told him I was pregnant this time, it was shock,” Starsiak Hawk says.
For Starsiak Hawk and her husband, giving their son Jack a sibling is a dream they didn’t know would come true. “It doesn’t feel real yet,” she says. “But when we heard the heartbeat, there were so many happy tears.”
Starsiak Hawk shares her full story in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
The reality star also documented her infertility journey in a series of videos at hgtv.com.