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‘We Had Embryos on Ice’: Heather Rae El Moussa on Her Natural Pregnancy in the Middle of IVF Treatment

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Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa got a happy surprise months before they were due to implant an embryo

Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young (Heather Rae El Moussa) are expecting their first child together. Interestingly, when the couple received a wonderful surprise a few weeks ago, they were in the middle of an in vitro fertilization procedure and had even booked an appointment for an embryo transfer next fall.

On Wednesday, July 13, the couple announced the news persons, and said it was a “huge shock” because they were in the middle of IVF procedures. “We just didn’t expect that. We just had IVF behind us. We had embryos on ice. We had a plan,” revealed the ‘Selling Sunset’ actress. “I think when you least expect it and there’s no stress in your life, the world has just given us what it should be. I’m so excited it happened.” The couple, who is currently filming their upcoming HGTV docuseries The Flipping El Moussas, received the good news a few weeks ago and are expecting their child early next year.

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Heather Rae Young looked gorgeous in new footage from a recent photoshoot showing her pregnancy, which she shared to her TikTok account on July 13. The video began with Heather in a stunning cream satin dress, while Tarek, wearing a white shirt and black pants, gently placed his palm on her growing belly. He kissed her passionately on the lips and then kissed her neck while Heather turned to the camera and smiled.

“After months of trying and having been a stepmom to Tarek’s beautiful children for the past 3 years, I’m becoming a mom myself,” Heather captioned the video, which was accompanied by a sweet but sad tune. Tarek’s daughter Taylor and son Brayden, who he has with ex-wife Christina Hall, joined him on the beach. They wore matching t-shirts with the pregnancy news as they waved. Heather stood with one leg sticking out as she placed her hands on her baby bump in front of the stunning sunset.

“I’m pregnant with the love of the baby of my life – Baby El Moussa,” she said in her post as she and Tarek fled an approaching wave. “…I can’t wait to meet you, hold you and love you.” She also stated that her child is expected in early 2023, although she didn’t give an exact date.

Having a child of their own wasn’t always on the cards for the couple, who met in 2019 and married last year. Tarek already had children with Hall, and Heather felt lucky as a “bonus mom.” Heather described how when they started dating three years ago, they had no intention of having children together. “But as your love keeps growing and you fall deeper and deeper in love with someone and you build this life together, I started imagining myself having a child with Tarek. I was starting to think I just wanted to create something with the man I’m in love with.”

Heather and Tarek spoke to US Weekly in May 2022 about the ‘Selling Sunset’ star’s IVF experience, including how the ‘Flip or Flop’ graduate and his kids made a heartwarming gesture to help her. Heather expressed her gratitude for Tarek and her stepchildren’s moral support, and expressed her desire for the children to accompany her throughout the journey. Taylor and Brayden sang with her, held her hand and stood with her on the toilet. She recalled that on days when she “didn’t even want to get out of bed,” her spouse would comfort her by saying, “It’s not you. It’s just hormones.”

Heather considers herself “fortunate” to have had “moral support” from Tarek, Taylor and Brayden, whom she affectionately calls “my children.” The couple have been open about their back-and-forth decisions about a third child. The realtor, who told the online publication that she has “low fertility,” expressed her desire to freeze embryos in November 2021, a month after she and the Tareks married. She claimed to have retrieved seven eggs from her egg retrieval in January. Sharing her IVF experience on Instagram, she announced in April that she was “pausing” the procedures for the time being.

Heather previously shared “less than ideal news” with followers, revealing that one of her five eggs didn’t seem “mature enough to extract or freeze.” The Netflix actress said her low egg count is “not the best number,” and she wanted to speak to her doctor about whether it’s worth retrieving them to produce embryos. Heather expressed her desire to “do another round” and was hoping for good news as she spoke to her doctor. Despite the news, she expressed her desire to “try to stay positive.”

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Due to Tarek’s Lynch Syndrome, the couple have four frozen embryos awaiting “further testing,” Heather said in May. The genetic predisposition, which scientists want to avoid in the embryos, increases the likelihood of developing various types of cancer. The HGTV star has overcome both testicular and thyroid cancer.



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