Sanya Richards-Ross Talks Pregnancy With Baby No. 2 (EXCLUSIVE)

Elizabeth Randolph - Author

Jul. 31 2023, Updated 2:06 p.m. ET

(l-r): Aaron Ross and Sanya Richards-Ross hugging on the red carpet.
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Season 14 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta introduced fans to Sanya Richards-Ross. The six-time Olympic champion joined the Bravo cast alongside Kandi Burruss, Drew Sidora, Sheree Whitfield, Kenya Moore, and Marlo Hampton. The former athlete and sports analyst is a proud mother and wife. She and her husband, Aaron Ross (“Ross”), have a son, Aaron Jermaine “Deuce/Deucey” Ross Jr.

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Since fans have met the Ross clan, the couple has shared their discussions about expanding their family. In an exclusive interview with Distractify, Sanya said the baby-making conversations didn’t stop after their first RHOA season, as she shared with her fans that the family is expecting baby no. 2!

Here’s what Sanya said before announcing her family’s new addition!

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Sanya Richards-Ross and her husband, Aaron Ross, discussed having another baby on ‘RHOA.’

Long before RHOA became an option for Sanya, she and Ross, a former New York Giants player, fell in love while they were both in college. In 2010, the couple married on Sanya’s birthday, Feb. 26, at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. During their first years of marriage, Sanya and Ross navigated their relationship and stellar careers.

Two years after their wedding, Sanya made history as the first American woman to earn multiple global 400-meter titles. After deciding to retire in 2016, she became pregnant with her and Ross’s first child.

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In RHOA Season 14, Ross told Sanya he's ready to welcome a second baby. Initially, Sanya was opposed to the idea. However, at the Season 14 reunion, Sanya shared that her hubby had stepped up as the “primary parent” for their son. Still, she told us that their debates over baby No. 2 are still a “huge part of their storyline” in her second season on the show.

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“Ross and I go through, you know, a lot around this topic during this season,” Sanya teased. “And I don't want to give a lot away.” But this is still a huge part of our story. And I think a lot of people will be able to relate to what transpires.”

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The Bravo star said she was “more on board” with having another baby before her pregnancy announcement.

As we saw in the RHOA Season 14 finale, she took steps to conceive when she took out her IUD. In the reality show’s cast updates, we learned that “Sanya removed her IUD, and she and Ross are actively trying for baby number deuce.” However, Sanya wasn’t in a rush to get pregnant but said she had a minor breakthrough after the season wrapped.

Although she still isn’t 100 percent ready for another bundle of joy, she said her opposition to it isn’t as strong as it once was.

“I'm a little bit of both,” Sanya told us when asked if she decided on possibly trying to have a second child. “I'm more on board with baby number two. There were a lot of reasons why I was hesitant."

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Sanya added that the couple’s son, Deuce was also a “very needy kid,” and she had to consider if she had the “capacity” to add another child into the mix, among “all these different factors.”

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“It is a very important decision to bring another life into the world,” she said. “It's not something you should do whimsically, so I'm definitely in a better space about it now.”

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Sanya confirmed she’s expecting baby No. 2 after privately enduring a miscarriage.

Several months after we spoke to Sanya about having another child, the Bravolebrity shared a surprising update on the midseason trailer for RHOA Season 15. During the teaser, Sanya first revealed her happy news to Ross as she handed her husband a pregnancy test. Then, in another scene, Sanya told her BFF, Marlo Hampton, she was pregnant during an outing with Marlo and her new beau, Scotley Innis.

“I’m pregnant!!” Sanya yells in the scene as Marlo picks her up.

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Sadly, in July 2023, Sanya revealed to People that she suffered a miscarriage with the baby viewers saw her and Ross get excited about. She said the “traumatic” experience happened when she was in New York and was “very, very scary.” Additionally, the Olympian said the miscarriage was especially devastating since it occurred after she started becoming excited about having another child.

“You already opened your heart to becoming a mom, so it was awful," Sanya shared with the outlet in July 2023. "Even just talking about it... it really was a difficult time."

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After her miscarriage, Sanya told People that her previous reservations about having another baby were replaced by her determination to have another child. Fortunately, one month later, she and Ross discovered she was pregnant again with baby no. 2, due on Dec. 25, 2023, which Sanya said would be the “best Christmas gift ever.”

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"I didn't realize until then [her miscarriage] how much I really wanted to become a mom again and how much of a blessing it is to be a mom,” Sanya admitted. “And I was like, 'You know what? It's family first, and all the other things that I love — which is work and all that stuff, it's second. I know if I do this if I focus on my family, all those things will come.'"

Catch new episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta Sundays at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.

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