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On Sunday’s episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Phaedra Parks confronted Kandi Burruss after she learned that her estranged friend has been “secretly” holding assets for her incarcerated husband—specifically, his 2014 Ducati and Yamaha Raptor ATV.
Apparently, the feds were watching because according to TMZ, they requested a court order to seize the motorbikes from Burruss’ property. Apollo owes nearly $2 million in restitution for money laundering and check fraud, and federal agents hope to seize as many of his assets as possible to repay his victims.
Sadly, it seems that this issue is another devastating blow to the duo’s relationship. Phaedra expressed that she was hurt by Kandi and Todd’s decision, while Kandi couldn’t seem to understand why her friend was so upset.
This past weekend, Kandi Burruss celebrated the upcoming arrival of #BabyTucker, a baby boy due in January. As Burruss told E! News, “I am due January 6. My actual due date is January 20 but Dr. Jackie [from Married to Medicine] wants me to schedule a C-section at January 6.”
So with the little guy scheduled to make his first appearance right after the holidays, Burruss’s friends and loved ones put on a pretty luxurious baby shower this past weekend in Atlanta. The theme? Kandiland, as in a play on Candyland.
A slew of well-known ATL socialites showed up and showed out for the event. That includes Toya Wright, Phaedra Parks, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle (who is rumored to be expecting another child by the way…), Marlo Hampton, Rasheeda Frost, Kelly Price, Monyetta Shaw, Demetria McKinney, Dr. Jackie and most of the Married to Medicine cast, and a gang of other people Burruss has called friend over the years. It was quite the soiree.
Check out pictures from the grand event (including some special family photos taken that and displayed at the party, including the one above) and celebrate #BabyTucker’s impending arrival.
After letting the world know in July that she would be having her first child with husband Todd Tucker, Kandi Burruss is now sharing the sex of the little bun in her oven.
While on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show this week, the 39-year-old Real Housewives of Atlanta star let the cat out of the bag: “We’re having a boy.”
Any new addition to a family is a blessing, but Burruss and Tucker, 42, are especially excited because they both have daughters from previous relationships and were hoping for a son. Now that they know a Todd Jr. is on his way, it might sound like the obvious next step to name their child just that.
“I don’t want to,” Burruss said. “We can’t agree on names right now. We keep going back and forth. So if anybody’s got any good names, tweet ’em to me! Help me out.”
As for her pregnancy, Burruss told the good folks at RSMS that she has been lucky not to have had many food cravings or much morning sickness. And on days when she looks and feels less than glowy, the mom-to-be said she prefers to stay at home and out of the spotlight.
“I’ve just been trying to lay low,” Burruss said. “I don’t want a whole bunch of pregnancy pictures of me out places, and I gotta look back and I was looking crazy.”
Again, this will be Burruss’s second child as she already has 13-year-old Riley. Tucker also has a 19-year-old daughter named Kaela. In case you forgot, the couple met on the set of RHOA when Tucker was a producer for the reality show.
As for names, what about Kellen Tucker? Or Terrence? As long as it’s not a fusion of their names (Tandi won’t cut it, okay?), baby Tucker will be just fine–and very cute!
At the top of the year, Kandi Burruss decided to try her hand at the in-vitro fertilization process. The reality star has been quite vocal in the past regarding her desire to have another child. At 38 years old, she was ready to take the next major step with her new husband, Todd Tucker. Prior to exploring alternative options such as IVF and IVI, the couple tried to conceive the old fashioned way, but after nearly two years of unprotected sex with no success, they sought medical attention.
“We weren’t trying to prevent it for a couple of years, and nothing was happening,” Burruss told Madame Noire of their pre-IVF experience. “You know how you kind of hope that you’ll do it on your own, luck up, and it just happens?”
Testing eventually revealed the source of the problem: a uterine fibroid.
“We realized I had a fibroid—a big one—inside the cavity of the uterus where your baby would implant,” said the reality star.
WebMD defines uterine fibroids as the most common “benign lumps” (or tumors) that “grow on the uterus” and in some cases, these growths can cause complications with conception. Thankfully, if needed, these tumors can be surgically removed. And if no other causes of infertility are evident and all goes well, meaning no other complications are present, the couple should be able to conceive. Burruss underwent surgery to get rid of the fibroid in the cavity of her uterus, and somewhere between one and two months later, opted to try in-vitro fertilization to increase their chances of conceiving.
“We decided to do IVF because this is my last year in my 30s, and I wasn’t trying to keep trying without any results or whatever. We decided to go for it with the IVF treatments. We started in February/March.”
The singer’s first IVF attempt was a success. She’s currently 24 weeks pregnant.
“Luckily for us, it was a blessing, and we actually had success with the first IVF treatment,” said Burruss. “It takes a couple of months for you to go through the whole process of injections, retrieving the eggs and all of that stuff, then allowing them to put them back in and praying that they take. One of our eggs took.”
Identifying fibroids as a possible source of infertility is half the battle for a percentage of women living with the benign growths, but for others, it’s merely the beginning. For some, the fight against fibroids can be a trying, emotionally draining and painful process, and in rare cases, fibroids can grow back rapidly, drastically hindering chances of conception.
“I work with my clients to navigate the spiritual and emotional hurdles they encounter as they journey through fibroids and infertility. Such as bitterness, hopelessness, broken self-worth, jealousy, grief, relational disconnects and even depression,” said fertility coach Gessie Thompson. “We work to develop and execute the right action plan for them.”
Thompson authored Hope Beyond Fibroids: Stories of Miracle Babies & the Journey to Motherhood in hopes of inspiring others after experiencing her own 10-year battle with infertility. She went through a total of 10 surgeries, five IVF cycles, one miscarriage and more than 100 days spent in the hospital.
“I first discovered I had fibroids in 2001 because I wasn’t getting pregnant when my husband and I decided it was time to expand our family. And, I kept having to fight those fibroids in my 10-year journey as they came back every three to five years–enduring a total of five fibroids surgeries,” said Thompson. “Each surgery brought more complications, including additional major surgeries and severe scarring that restricted my options for getting pregnant to IVF.”
“I felt helpless, powerless and to some degree emasculated watching her go through this process,” admits her husband, Marc Thompson. “I also felt awe, wonder, deep love, and appreciation that she would go through it for the sake of our family dream. It was a roller coaster of emotions almost hourly and definitely daily.”
The couple eventually did conceive, and on September 8, 2011, Thompson gave birth to 2.5-pound baby girl—but even that victory came with challenges.
“When I did finally get pregnant with my daughter, she had to the fight fibroids that remained in my womb for her very life because they were siphoning off the blood flow to her–restricting her growth.”
The couple’s miracle baby was delivered early, by C-section, but Thompson’s heart stopped on the operating table.
“I knew something was wrong when they asked me to leave the delivery room. Gessie had just told them she felt cold and dizzy… I had no idea that she was approaching ‘death’s door’ literally with her heart stopping for six seconds,” Thompson’s husband recalled.
Doctors were able to revive the then mom-to-be. Her baby girl, Nia, celebrated her 4th birthday this month. Thompson put an end to her personal battle with fibroids when she underwent a hysterectomy following Nia’s birth, but she still champions for other women plagued by the sometimes troubling condition.
“I am a board member of the 501c3 non-profit The White Dress Project for uterine fibroids awareness and research. We wear white to empower the women suffering in silence with fibroids. They don’t wear white because of the fear and shame rooted in the epidemic associated with heavy bleeding, bloating and more. Awareness and education are the first steps in creating a platform to address the issue of fibroids and legislation is key.”
While some fibroid cases can have a negative impact on reproduction and fertility, having them does not guarantee that one will have issues conceiving. In fact, plenty of women living with fibroids go on to conceive without issue.
“Up to 80% of African American females have fibroids, so obviously, they are very common in our population; however, they do not always hinder pregnancies,” said women’s health expert and gynecologist, Dr. Jessica Shepherd. “Gessie’s story is exceptional but the good news for women is that if you have a fibroid, it does not mean that you can’t get pregnant.”
“The issue with fibroids and pregnancy is location, ” she said. “When they are in the cavity of the uterus, they can prevent implantation of a fertilized egg, or they can increase the risk of a miscarriage. Or, if you do have implantation and do have a pregnancy, it can increase your risk of preterm labor. There are women who can have fibroids in the cavity who don’t have these problems and carry the baby to full term. One of the options to remove fibroids in the cavity of the uterus is by a hysteroscopic myomectomy and can be done with a tissue removal system such as MyoSure.”
Dr. Shepherd also discouraged fibroid hysteria.
“Without the correct information, some women can go off on a tangent thinking they can’t get pregnant, but that’s not always the case,” said Shepherd. “There are fibroids that are not symptomatic, and there are fibroids that are, so we have to make sure that we put them in the proper category before we start sending out red alerts.”
To learn more about Gessie Thompson, Hope Beyond Fibroids and the White Dress Project, head over to www.hopebeyondfibroids.com.
To get more information on fibroids, visit www.herviewpoint.com and join Dr. Shepherd’s followers on Twitter and Facebook at JShepherd_MD and www.Facebook.com/Herviewpointcommunity.
To learn more information on hysteroscopic myomectomies, head over to www.Myosure.com and Facebook for ChangeTheCycle.
The upcoming season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” will be very interesting. Kandi Burruss and husband Todd Tucker are expecting their first child together.
“We’re so thrilled to announce the news of our bundle of joy, it’s a dream come true,” Burruss announced to E! News
After a year of unsuccessfully trying to conceive, Tucker and Burruss turned to in-vitro fertilization. In April, Dr. Jessica Shepherd told Madame Noire that the fertility complications Burruss was facing had much to do with uterine fibroids.
“It was basically the location of her fibroids and basically that she had previous surgery before that made it a little bit more difficult to conceive,” said Dr. Shepherd.
The couple has not learned the sex of the baby yet. Both have daughters from previous relationships.
“Our daughters, Kaela and Riley, couldn’t be happier about becoming big sisters,” said Tucker.
The reality TV couple tied the knot in April of 2014. We are so happy for them, especially considering all that they’ve gone through to conceive.
In addition to preparing for the new baby, Burruss has recently relaunched her record label, Kandi Koated.
Earlier this week, we told you that Kandi Burruss would be undergoing in-vitro fertilization after unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for over a year. Today, Burruss will appear on “The Dr. Oz Show” along with her husband Todd Tucker and women’s health expert and OB/GYN Dr. Jessica Shepherd to discuss her fertility issues.
We were recently able to connect with Dr. Shepherd, who provided further insight into the problems Kandi and Todd are facing in trying to get pregnant. She also dished on some common issues relating to women and their reproductive health including trying to get pregnant after 40 and when couples should seek fertility assistance.
MN: We know that Kandi suffered from uterine fibroids, but can you provide insight regarding her specific situation?
It was basically the location of her fibroids and basically that she had previous surgery before that made it a little bit more difficult to conceive.
MN: How do fibroids present issues with conception exactly?
Basically with conception, it all depends on where the fibroid is. If the fibroid is actually in the cavity of the uterus, it can create an environment that has a lot of inflammation. It can also take up space, which can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting inside the uterus where it needs to be.
MN: What are common symptoms of fibroids? Are they always painful?
No, actually the number one complaint of fibroids is heavier periods. It can also cause constipation heavy bleeding during periods, urinary frequency. It all depends on location. Depending on the size of the fibroid, it can cause infertility and conception issues.
MN: Are some women more susceptible to suffering from fibroids than others?
Yes, which is why this is a great site to share this information. African-American women, by the age of 50, up to 75% of them will have fibroids. Any other women of other ethnicities, up to 50% of them will have fibroids by the time they’re 50. It’s a very common problem in women, but with African-American women, in general, the chances are increased.
MN: Is there any way that someone can lower their chances of developing fibroids?
It’s one of those things that just happens. Usually, family history plays a key part in whether or not someone will have them. Usually, if a mother, sister, or grandmother has fibroids, most likely a woman may find herself with fibroids.
MN: There was a study a few years ago that suggested some sort of correlation between relaxers and fibroids?
As someone who deals with fibroids on a regular basis, I have not witnessed a correlation. Having read the studies, I think the significance of the study was not very strong—the significance meaning when you look at the strength of the study.
If you look at fibroids, they’ve been very prevalent in African-Americans, even before we started using perms. And also, women who have never had perms are also susceptible to having fibroids. It’s very hard to use that as a strength in suggesting that people would have an increased risk of developing fibroids. Even if people don’t have perms, they still can have fibroids.
After unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for over a year, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker have opted to explore in-vitro fertilization.
“We have started the process of in-vitro,” Burruss told E! Online.
The former Xscape singer adds that relatives are really hoping that she and Tucker conceive soon.
“So just pray for us that everything is great and we get a healthy baby! My family definitely, they definitely want a baby for me and Todd.”
Of course, studies have implied that high-stress levels can have a negative impact on fertility and judging by the RHOA reunion special, Burruss has been under plenty of stress. But the 38-year-old says she’s been trying to take it easy now that filming has wrapped.
“I have a little time off away from the cameras, but I’m never really off,” she said. “So much to do, nonstop, and we’re trying to make a baby right now. I’m off from the cameras, but not off.”
The reality star first announced that she and Todd were trying for a baby in April of 2014. Hopefully, their attempts at IVF are successful. Kandi has discussed wanting another baby for years. We’d love to see that happen for her.
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Since last weekend, rumors began swirling about a possible “Real Housewives of Atlanta” spinoff starring Kandi Burruss and husband Todd Tucker. Initially, folks were under the impression that the series would be titled “Meet the Tuckers;” however, this is not the case.
Bravo recently confirmed that Burruss will, in fact, be appearing in a spinoff, but it’s actually titled “Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Ski Trip.” The three-part series will center on a ski trip to Colorado intended to bring the Burruss and Tucker families together. Kandi’s longtime friend Carmon Cambrice also went along for the ride. As to be expected, the special is spilling over with plenty of drama. Mama Joyce continues to accuse Carmon of sleeping with Todd. Kandi’s aunts also express concern that she has changed since becoming Mrs. Todd Tucker. You can read a quick description of the spin-off below.
Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker are off for a family vacation in Colorado—and we’ve got a first look at what to expect.
With so many moving pieces and the recent loss of Todd’s mother Sharon, Kandi and Todd decide to plan a Burruss-Tucker family ski trip to Colorado for a much-deserved vacation. They face many of the same problems other newlywed couples encounter from struggling to blend their families to trying to get pregnant.
Since exchanging vows, Todd has been traveling nonstop to Los Angeles for the production of his new show, while Kandi continues to run her empire at full speed in Atlanta. As both sides of the family come together to hit the slopes, Kandi and Todd do everything in their power to get their relatives on the same page.
Will the chilly getaway provide the rest and relaxation everyone needs, or will having their families all under one roof be too close for comfort?
I know that Kandi is all about getting these checks; however, I can’t help but feel nervous that she’s continuing to allow Bravo to exploit her family’s dirty laundry. Anyway, check out the trailer below. Will you be tuning in?
So not even 18 months into their marriage Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker’s problems keep popping up all over the Internet. They’ve been fighting over bedroom attire, who’s bringing home the bacon, Kandi’s mama, a baby and possibly some cheating on Todd’s part. On top of that? Rumors are swirling that all of the above is just a show.
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