Kristen Welker's Today co-host Savannah Guthrie breaks down on-air after hearing colleague's emotional pregnancy story

SAVANNAH Guthrie broke down on air after Kristen Welker shared her emotional pregnancy story.

Kristen revealed she and her husband, John Hughes, are expecting a baby girl via a surrogate in June after years of "tough infertility struggles".


Savannah, Craig Melvin and Hoda Kotb became emotional as they listened to the 44-year-old NBC News chief White House correspondent open up the couple's challenging journey on the Today show.

“After years and years of trying, I’m having a baby girl with John and we are so excited," Kristen announced on Friday.

"It's with the help of a surrogate."

Kristen and John, a marketing executive, started trying to have a baby as soon as they got married in 2017 – and her doctor soon recommended IVF.

But doctors found that the lining of her uterus was too thin to carry a baby.

Kristen said the first few months of IVF were particularly difficult.

"I was going into the doctor in between live shots at work and just feeling like you're a failure, frankly," the co-host of Weekend Today said.

After two heartbreaking years, it was determined that she wouldn't be able to carry a child herself and the couple decided surrogacy was the best option for them.


"Being matched with a surrogate is one of the most extraordinary experiences I have ever had," Kristen said.

John added: "Our surrogate has been amazing. I can't explain just how wonderful she's been.

"For her this was about giving something to us that she felt a deep connection to."

Reacting to Kristen and John's brave story, Savannah broke down on air.

"I think we're all overwhelmed [with] just gratitude for you, Kristen," she said in the studio.

"You are my hero. You are my hero. I can't believe how hard you have worked for this baby.

"When she finds out all that you did for her to bring her into this world. Both of you, you're wonderful. I'm so happy for you."


Kristen said Savannah and Hoda's openness about motherhood inspired the couple to keep going.

"That gave us so much strength," Kristen said before turning to Craig and praising him for talking about "the role of being a father".

"I think when you know you're not alone, it helps you to wake up and put one foot in front of the other," Kristen added.

When a tearful Savannah asked Kristen what she would tell others right now in a similar situation, she said: "Do not give up, never give up.

"Everyone sitting here is a reminder that if you want a family, you can have one, and just to keep the faith."

After revealing the news on the Today show, Kristen tweeted: "After years of really tough infertility struggles, my husband, John, and I are so thrilled to share that, with the help of a surrogate, we will welcome a baby girl and become a family of three in June.

"Going through this process, I learned how difficult and isolating infertility struggles can be for hopeful parents.

"That's why we opened up about our years-long journey to parenthood this morning on @TODAYshow."

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