Whitney Way Thore’s fertility journey hits a roadblock during Tuesday’s episode of My Big Fat Fabulous Life.
Fans of the show know that Whitney’s bestie, Heather Sykes, had made a tentative commitment to carry her friend’s child as a surrogate, at the conclusion of last season.
A preview clip reveals that Heather later learned from her doctor that she would not be a good surrogate candidate for her friend.
“For Whitney to ask me to be a surrogate for her is a huge honor,” Heather says in the sneak peek.
Heather explains that she consulted her doctor while Whitney was connecting with her online boyfriend in France, for the first time.
“For a surrogacy you want the very best case scenario,” Heather notes. “And my body simply isn’t.”
The clip features Whitney and Heather discussing the disappointing reality with their friend, Ashley Baynes, who was pregnant at the time. Whitney confirms that she will likely not seek out help from a stranger, at least for now.
Whitney reveals that she isn’t sure that she’ll continue her quest to have her own children.
“I don’t know, but now with my boyfriend in the picture I am kind of like…if I do it, I want to do it with him and with him on board, you know what I mean?” the TLC star says.
Ashley asks Whitney if her overseas boyfriend, who has remained anonymous on the show and on social media, is aware that she had frozen her eggs. Whitney confirms that “the French man” knows, and even encouraged her decision.
Ashley shares that she understands why Whitney chose to freeze her eggs, but wonders “how much she should be waiting on her boyfriend.”
“He lives on another continent,” Ashley says in a confessional spot. “I don’t want Whitney to put her hopes on someone else and then have it be too late one day.”
Fans have been following the twists and turns of Whitney’s fertility journey, for years. Whitney learned that she was a good candidate for egg retrieval, last season. TLC documented the process and Whitney’s hope for a child via a potential surrogate.
In 2018, Whitney revealed that she may not be able to conceive or carry children, due to her polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. The hormonal disorder was to blame for Whitney’s false pregnancy, which was also documented on the show, in 2016.
“I think I’ve been avoiding my real feelings about whether I want to have a child or not, and it’s hard because I don’t have a boyfriend, I can’t even get a date, and on top of that, even if I had that, I have fertility problems,” she said in a personal interview, at the time. “So, it’s just kind of a hard thing to face when you feel like you’re running out of time.”
My Big Fat Fabulous Life airs on Tuesdays at 10 pm, ET, on TLC.
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