Jenna Bush Hager was surprised by her third pregnancy. She and husband Henry Hager weren’t trying. While she was excited by the blessing, the 38-year-old was also burdened with guilt.
“I almost felt guilty because it was so much at once. I found out I was pregnant, I also had gotten this job. I knew from Hoda that she was dying to have another little girl to give Haley a sister. She told me that months before,” she told Entertainment Tonight.
“We weren’t really trying to have a baby. We got pregnant and I called my mom and I said, ‘I just have to tell her. I feel bad for a lot of people that are struggling and then I just get pregnant.'”
When she shared the news with her coworker, Hoda couldn’t help but be overjoyed for her. “I went and I sat across from Hoda and I told her, and she wept with tears of joy for me. Not long after she got her baby.”
“My mom always says everybody gets their baby when they’re supposed to,” Jenna explained.
“And Hoda has a little girl and I had Hal after. So who knew, but just everything is supposed to happen when it’s supposed to happen.”
Jenna wrote about this experience, as well as the difficult period of grieving after losing her grandparents, in her new book, Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss.
“It’s a book about losing my three remaining grandparents. I lost them in a span of a year,” Jenna noted. In that time, she found inspiration from the bible verse Ecclesiastes 3:11.
“Which basically says God makes everything beautiful in its time. I think when you’re dealing with love and loss, you can realize that one day time will heal and you’ll be thinking back on these people and missing them, but also just so grateful for their lives and for the fact that you got to have these relationships with them.”
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