Here's Everything We Know About Mina Starsiak Hawk's IVF Journey
HGTV's Good Bones star Mina Starsiak Hawk has been keeping us updated on her IVF journey.
In October of this year, Good Bones star Mina Starsiak Hawk and mama to adorable 16-month-old Jack shared in her Instagram Story that she and her husband Stephen had been trying to get pregnant with baby number 2 for a year. After no luck and several prescriptions and tests later, they decided to consult a fertility specialist. On November 10, Mina shared with her Instagram followers that she and Stephen were officially starting the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. “This month is the kickoff of our IVF journey. To those who give zero f’s, just skip all my stories 😂,” Mina wrote in her caption. “But I’ll keep posting for the hundreds of women who have messaged me, saying thank you and appreciating the open-ness of the process that so many people seem to go through I’m private.”
Since the initial announcement, Mina has kept her followers posted with updates in her Instagram Story. From Day 1 of IVF to the extraction (or "harvest" as Mina called it), you can follow along with Mina’s journey via her Instagram highlight.
Unfortunately, Mina’s latest update wasn’t the good news we were all hoping for. Although doctors were able to extract one viable egg and fertilize it, the egg was not growing at the rate it needed to in order to proceed to the next step.
On Wednesday, Mina shared a photo of her son Jack that Stephen had sent to her soon after doctors gave her disappointing news. “I honestly hadn’t had much hope in our one embryo jumping perfectly through all the hurdles that exist between it fertilizing and an actual baby being born, so it hit me a bit harder that anticipated,” Mina wrote. “But I have it easy in the world of infertility struggles. I have this man. He is my light every single day. And no, that doesn’t negate my current struggle and the emotions that come along with it. But I think it’s important to recognize that; that I’m at the beginning of a struggle that so many go through for YEARS.”
Mina then took a moment to apologize to her followers who may be annoyed by her fertility posts. And to that we say, you have nothing to be sorry for, Mina! Truly, Mina shouldn’t have to justify why she has chosen to share her IVF journey on Instagram, but certainly this is a good reason: “I do it because of the literal hundreds, likely thousands of women that have thanked me because allowing my struggle to be public has helped them in one way or another.”
She ended her post with a sweet thank you to everyone who has reached out with encouraging words and a promise that “we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled Mina in the near future.”
There’s no word yet on what Mina and Stephen’s next steps are, but either way we wish them all the best.