Today co-host Savannah Guthrie, 44, announced on the show yesterday that she’s pregnant with her second child and is due in December. Savannah and her husband, Michael Feldman, also have daughter Vale, nearly two. Savannah’s pregnancy will mean that she won’t be joining her co-hosts at the Olympics in Rio this summer, due to the Zika virus and its potential to cause serious birth defects. That sounds very wise, in fact I’m concerned that the Olympics are still being held in Rio because the Zika virus not only poses a direct risk to pregnant women when transmitted by mosquitos, but can be transmitted sexually from men to women. It’s unknown if it can be transmitted from women to men or through bodily fluids like saliva. (It’s thought that past Zika infection will not affect future pregnancies once the virus is out of the system. Here’s an article on the measures which are being taken to protect athletes in Rio this year.)
Anyway back to Savannah, who shared her news with a little segment on Today and was congratulated by everyone on the show. Hoda said she went to dinner with Savannah and noticed that she wasn’t drinking her wine and Savannah admitted “I was fake drinking for some time.” You can see that below and here’s People’s report:
The Today co-host dropped the baby bomb on Tuesday’s episode of the NBC show after gathering the crew for a friendly game of Fishbowl — in which the anchors answer “burning questions.” Naturally, Guthrie was forced to answer a seemingly silly question: “Are you pregnant?”
“Yeah! I am pregnant,” the 44-year-old declared as her fellow co-hosts clapped and cheered
She announced that she and husband Michael Feldman are expecting another baby in December. The two are already parents to 22-month-old daughter Vale.
“It’s hard for words to contain all the excitement Mike and I have about expecting a new baby in December. When Vale was born, our happiness was complete,” Guthrie wrote in a statement on the Today show site.
“The thought of getting to add to our family now is beyond every hope, dream and prayer I have ever had. It is not simply double the joy — it is joy multiplied infinitely.”
Though Guthrie is excited about the news, it means she will be opting out of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this year, given the widespread impact of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The virus is known for being connected to severe birth defects, and its latest outbreak began in Brazil.
“I’m not going to be able to go to Rio. The doctors say that I shouldn’t, because of the CDC, because of the Zika virus,” Guthrie addressed her colleagues on the Today show. “You’re going to have to go to female beach volleyball without me, Matt. Try to carry on.”
But Guthrie will have plenty to keep her busy back home.
“You guys will have a great time, and I’ll hold down the fort,” she adds. “We’re going to be in the height of the campaign season, so I’ll be here.”
It sounds like this baby is very much wanted and that Savannah and her husband planned for it. I’m right around her age and I can’t imagine having another baby at this point, but to each their own.
Savannah also posted this video of her breaking the news to her little daughter Vale, who did not take it well. She’s two. She was probably upset about something else and will forget about this and need it explained several times. I do not miss that age at all but I do miss having a baby in general, just not all the other stuff that comes along with that. Congratulations to Savannah and Michael on their happy news!
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 7, 2016
Here’s Savannah’s announcement:
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 7, 2016
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