Maria Menounos is about to become a mother!
The TV host, 44, and husband Keven Undergaro are expecting their first child, a rep for the couple confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.
“Just after a decade of trying everything, we are so grateful to the beautiful family who helped us conceive our baby,” the mom-to-be tells PEOPLE. “Keven, my father and I are thrilled to have this soul come into our lives. What a blessing.”
Menounos, who has worked with Family Match Consulting, also shared an emotional clip of him watching an ultrasound video with his father, Constantinos, by his side.
“Oh my god,” Menounos says in the video as she and her dad watch. “Guys, this is my baby. I love you.”
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Another person watching the video then picks up the phone to record, where the ultrasound can be seen in the reflection.
“It’s so different when you see the reel,” she comments. “It’s more personal when you see it in the womb, right?”
Last February, Menounos shared an update on the couple’s fertility journey, which they had discussed publicly on numerous occasions.
“I definitely didn’t think it would take that long. It’s been years. We’ve used different services, different people,” said the TV host, who first started IVF treatments in 2012. “It was just a very frustrating process.”
Menounos and Undergaro, 55, began considering surrogacy in 2018 and sought advice from friend Kim Kardashian, who welcomed daughter Chicago in January 2018 and son Salmo in May 2019 with the help of surrogates.
“I was grateful to have her to share and help me with,” said Menounos, who also shared that she and Undergaro were devastated when they learned their first surrogate was no longer medically compatible in 2021.
Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Keven Undergaro and Maria Menounos in 2018
“It was a really tough breakup because we’ve been together on the road for almost two years. She was so lovely and so amazing and so patient with us,” Menounos said.
“There’s something called a mock cycle that my fertility doctor suggested because we only have two really good embryos and we want two babies,” she added. “What would happen is that the uterine lining would not grow to the last stage where you could safely implant yourself and know that the embryo would attach. If we hadn’t [a mock cycle]we would have probably lost our only chances.”
At the time, she shared that the couple had found another surrogate and were “grappling with all of this.”
“But I said it [my doctors], ‘If it doesn’t work, I’m done. This is the last straw. If that doesn’t happen, it definitely shouldn’t happen.’ I cannot repeat this process,” she honestly shared.