Former It’s Showtime host, actor and Rugby player Eric “Eruption” Tai and his wife Rona Samson are expecting their first child through IVF procedure. IVF or In Vitro Fertilisation is a technique used to help a woman got pregnant. It is when a human egg is fertilised with sperm in a laboratory.
On Monday, August 13, Rona shared the good news on her Instagram account and gave their followers an update on her in vitro fertilisation (IVF) journey while Eric
uploaded a photo of their home pregnancy test showing a positive result.
Eric’s caption reads: “Ladies & Gentlemen.. ‘I’m finally PREGNANT!’ Thank you for your love and support! We GOT THIS!
“@rownita #RoadToBabyTAI #Thankful #TeamEricRona #Ivf”
In a previous interview, the couple said it became their main motivation when they joined Amazing Race Asia Season 5 in 2016.
The grand prize was US$100,000 cash, which was won by beauty queens Maggie Wilson and Parul Shah. Eric and Rona, who finished third place, needed the money for the IVF.
According to Rona: “Basically, because Eric and I cannot start a family naturally anymore.
“In 2015, we had a miscarriage, and the doctor said for us to bear a child, we have to do it through IVF, and so it is pretty expensive to get it.
“And so we used that as a motivation.”
Rona’s two fallopian tubes, where eggs travel from the ovary to uterus, were removed due to complications.
“My left fallopian tube and left ovary [were] removed due to a cyst that made the fallopian tube and left ovary in a bad shape so they removed it (2012 in the US).
“Then back in Feb 2015 I had an ectopic pregnancy. The baby was stuck in the right fallopian tube that caused the rupture so it had to be removed as well.
“So we can no longer conceive naturally ’cause the fallopian tube is where the sperm and egg meets.”
Rona confirmed that she’s now six weeks pregnant, thanks to the help of Dr. Rudie Frederick Mendiola of Kato Repro Biotech Center in Makati City.