Drake White and his wife, Alex recently opened up about their fight through a long journey with fertility that ultimately has led to a happy ending. In their recent announcement, they shared that they are expecting their first child.
The country singer and his chef wife revealed the news exclusively with People and explained that after six years of trying to conceive a baby with no luck, they resorted to Nashville Fertility in 2018 to begin intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatments.
Unfortunately, their obstacles didn’t stop there. In addition to their struggles with fertility, the couple also faced life-threatening health issues of their own.
In 2019, White collapsed on stage during a show in Roanoke, Va. After this scary incident, he was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM). The next year, Alex began dealing with her own health concerns. She was later hospitalized due to some unusual symptoms that ultimately led to the diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), a neurological disorder.
“We’ve been through so much,” Drake told the outlet. “We’ve been through so much, from my having a stroke on stage to Alex being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and having an autoimmune disorder. And then this was just something else that tested our faith and tested our strength.”
“For six years, we have prayed for a baby and to know that God has heard our prayers is honestly overwhelming,” Alex added.
After going through so much over the past few years, they never gave up and instead pushed through everything life threw at them.
“The thing about us was, scientifically, there was no reason I couldn’t conceive or that she couldn’t conceive, which made it even tougher and even a bigger test of faith, coming out of the stroke coming out of the autoimmune disorder,” Drake revealed. “We’re going through this, and we don’t know exactly what is causing it, because there are no answers.”
“I do feel like in a way God was preparing me for what was going to take place with IVF,” Alex explained to People. “Because I had to be prepared for injections and shots and medicine and schedules and routines and doctors visits. I mean, I felt like I lived at the doctor’s. It was my part-time job.”
They decided to continue their fight and returned to Nashville Fertility for another round of IUI last October. A few months later, White and Alex came to the conclusion through conversations with their doctors that in-vitro fertility (IVF) was the next step.
Finally, in June, they learned they were pregnant, and the news of their baby was exactly what they needed.
“I did the blood test earlier that day. I was trying to distract myself and so I went to Costco and did my shopping. Two hours later, the nurse called me while I was in Costco,” Alex shares.
“I instantly get in the car in the parking lot and FaceTime Drake and told him that we were pregnant,” she recalled from the life-changing moment. “Then we group FaceTimed his parents and my parents together, then our best friends and friends and everybody who has been praying for us and walking in this journey with us.”
Despite the popularity in gender reveal parties, the couple is taking their own path and will not learn the sex of their baby ahead of the birth. Instead, they want it let it be the “ultimate surprise.”
“I think with all the technology in 2022, where everything’s right in your hand, everything is so predictable,” Drake said. “We think this is one of life’s true surprises.”
Although it was no easy feat, he and Alex hope that by sharing their story they will “encourage married couples, individuals in general, to lean on your community and others that are going through it.”