After revealing she was expecting children with her husband Keven Undergaro, Maria Menounos has clarified she is not yet pregnant.
‘We are still in progress, not pregnant yet!’ she told People. ‘That’s the plan, and we will share the good news when we can.’
Maria, 42, originally announced her family plans on her Better Together show, where she explained she and Keven were considering a move from Los Angeles to Nashville so their children would have more space to play.
‘Not pregnant yet!’: Maria Menounos has revealed she is in ‘progress’ towards pregnancy, and is not currently expecting a baby
In 2018 Maria said she was considering hiring a surrogate to have children.
In November 2019, she told ET they were giving surrogacy a chance. ‘Today, Kevin finally sent in our paperwork to the surrogate agency… You never know. Maybe by next Christmas we’ll have little Marias and Kevins running around.’
Now the couple are really looking towards a future with children.
‘We are definitely entertaining this, by the way,’ she said on Tuesday. ‘… It is beautiful, [and] we are going to have a family. We want to raise them somewhere where there will be kids next door to play with and you’re not afraid. L.A. just doesn’t have that.’
‘We are still in progress, not pregnant yet!’ she told People. ‘That’s the plan, and we will share the good news when we can’
A new life ahead? The brunette beauty also said that they are considering moving from Los Angeles to Nashville so their kids will have more space to play. Seen in January 2020
And then the star said that ‘especially in the kid phase of our lives, [I] want something different. … I think Nashville might be Mama Bear’s bed.’
On a December 15 episode of Better Together she said her mother Litsa was battling COVID-19 but was feeling better knowing Maria has kids on the way. ‘She is very excited,’ said Maria at the time.
Litsa has also been battling a brain tumor from stage 4 brain cancer since August 2016, specifically glioblastoma.
‘The thing I keep saying to my mom is, “We’re going to get better every minute of every day, Mom. Every minute of every day we’re getting better and better” … That’s my mantra,’ she shared.
‘Yesterday, I said to her, “You gotta get strong, you gotta hang on — you’ve got grandchildren coming, and they might even be showing up…” well, they’re definitely showing up next year. I was gonna say around a certain time, but I won’t share yet because I don’t wanna — anyway!’
In 2018 her spouse said, ‘We definitely want children but I’m very concerned about her going through a pregnancy, and I would like to explore [using a] surrogate because her body has been through hell. I want a baby desperately, but I don’t want it to be at the risk of her health.’
In 2019 Maria urged the public not to dismiss symptoms as merely ‘work stress’ as she did prior to her brain tumor diagnosis.
The Sirius XM host revealed in July 2017 that she had a mass the size of a golf ball and that she’d undergone surgery to remove it.
In a recent appearance on Fox News Radio, Menounos said she was experiencing symptoms like headaches and blurry vision, but she brushed them aside – particularly because she was channeling all her energy into caring for her mother, who had stage 4 brain cancer.
Helping mom: Her mother Litsa has also been battling a brain tumor from stage 4 brain cancer since August 2016, specifically glioblastoma; seen in 2018
‘I wasn’t listening to my body. Any time my body would scream and make noises, I’d be like: “Shut up body, I’m busy”,’ she told Brian Kilmeade.
‘I was getting headaches, my vision was going a little blurry…But I swear, God made these things happen loudly so that I would see what was happening.’
Menounos told Fox News Radio that she had so many responsibilities that she didn’t have time to get herself checked out.
‘I was doing a million things…and then on top of it, I’m a female so my hair has to be perfect, and my nails have to be perfect, and I have to send the flowers, and I got to plan the vacations and I got to do everything as all women who are listening to this know,’ she said.
Menounos said she went to a doctor at UCLA Medical Center in February 2017 and told him that, because she was experiencing ear pain, she thought she had a ear infection.
Not convinced, he asked her if she had any other symptoms.
‘As I listed the symptoms, I said: “Oh my God, I think I have a brain tumor like my mom, but I know you are going to think I’m crazy”,’ she said.
‘And he goes: “No, let’s get an MRI and get it checked.” And then, lo and behold, I had it.’
Family time: Maria (C) and parents Constantinos Menounos and Litsa Menounos in 2014
Menounos, a former host of E! News, was diagnosed with meningioma, which is a tumor of the meninges, which is the tissue that surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
However, it is classified as a brain tumor because it puts pressure on cranial nerves. The tumor generally forms in the head and about 85 percent of cases are benign.
Because the tumors are slow-growing, a patient can live with a meningioma for years before it’s spotted.
Symptoms typically include blurry vision, painful headaches, loss of hearing, memory loss and loss of smell.
If the tumor is asymptomatic, doctors may recommended regular monitoring with brain scans.
However, if the tumor is growing or symptom s begin to develop, patients mar require surgery to remove all, or most, of the mass.
If the tumor is cancerous, radiation may be used to kill cancer cells or on parts of the mass the surgeon was unable to remove.
On the move: A recent Instagram photo of the beauty as she models a sweat outfit