Charles and Cassie Kelley Reveal They’re Expecting a Son After Fertility Struggle: ‘We Were Up Against Incredible Odds’

08/28/2015 at 11:25 AM ET

For Cassie McConnell Kelley and husband Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, finding out they were expecting their first child was a surprise.

“I get choked up just thinking about it,” she told Good Morning America on Friday during the show’s fertility week series. “We’re thankful — blessed isn’t a strong enough word. We were up against some incredible odds, and it still happened.”

McConnell Kelley said she and Kelley, who were married in 2009, hadn’t even considered that they would have fertility issues when they first started trying for a baby.

“When you’re young, healthy, and you’re ready to start a family, you just don’t envision there will be any problems doing that,” she said. “My body doesn’t ovulate regularly [called anovulation], which is problem number one. I also had a blockage in my fallopian tube, which also happened to be connected to my dominant ovary.”

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The couple were told they had a 1 percent chance of conceiving naturally after years of fertility struggles, so when McConnell Kelley, 32, unexpectedly became pregnant, it was a happy shock.

“The plan was to start IVF [in the fall], but to our surprise and incredible excitement, I got pregnant in May and then found out we were expecting in June,” she revealed. “I’m due in February, and we just found out that we’re having a boy.” (Time for a mini Lady A?!)

Charles, 33, and Cassie broke the big news through a blog post on her lifestyle site Womanista earlier this month.

“Many months went by with negative pregnancy tests and a lot of shared frustration – We went through several years of trying before finally seeing our fertility doctor in Nashville this past November,” she wrote in the blog, later continuing, “We never stopped hoping though… We made a plan to regroup this fall and explore other options to expand our family. Then it happened. I woke up one morning in June and there it was, a positive pregnancy test. I was in shock. Happy shock, but shock.”

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Cassie wrote that she wanted to share their journey because it’s a “happy and hopeful one.”

“My prayer is that if you are struggling with trying to conceive a child, you will remain hopeful… I pray that you and your partner will remain strong and united in your marriage and be thankful for the road that you are traveling and the lessons learned, even when it’s really hard… I pray that you will become a mom,” she said.

— Lindsay Kimble

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Justme on

I so love them! Congrats to you both!! Of course your fertility struggles are real, others lie about theirs for a reality show!

Leigh on

Been married 6 years and still trying. We do not have the money for IVF like celebs do…lucky them. Hurts. I am so sick of negative tests. 😢I have had 1 confirmed miscarriage. Sucks. I am 36 and running out of time.

LS0919 on

Praying for you, Leigh. Not sure if it’s an option for you, but a local family opened up to our community about their infertility struggles & was able to raise money for IVF by selling t-shirts & other things. Either way, I hope it happens for you!

Jen on

Infertility is awful. Congrats to them on their impending bundle of joy!

pat on

Leigh, Prayers to you girl. You may not get a special People story written about you, but believe me you are as special to our Heavenly Father as this Cassie is. I had friends that gave up on ever getting pregnant. They adopted two children, soon after their 2nd they got pregnant, had three children of their own. Best of luck to you, Leigh. No one but the Father know what he has in store for us.. Also best wishes to Cassie

andon on

Hope it works out for you Leigh. Can I recommend adam mcloud (he’s also an actual doctor), the dreamhealer, as a good energy healer that has helped countless people. And also quantum touch treatment. You’ll become a mother I’m sure. Plus some miscarriages are linked to vitamin deficiency. I remember doctor had created a vitamin “bomb” that had helped certain women.

Maggie on

I had tears reading this story because exactly like she said, when you’re young you never think that you’ll have fertility issues. No one really talks about it. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for years now. We never thought that starting a family would perhaps not be a part of our love story. Every month it breaks my heart when I realize it hasn’t happened. It’s a struggle that we’ve dealt with silently as everyone around us has started their families. I pray that God has a plan for us.

TA22 on

Leigh, hang in there , I didn’t have my first as well until the age of 27 thru fertility as well.

Anonymous on

Anyone else think she looks a bit like her sister-in-law Katherine Heigl (her husband, Josh, is Charles’s brother)?

Valarie on

Congrulatons on the new addition.

Liz on

I had a similar problem before I had my son and problem was solved with some research. Now my son is 29 and a doctor. If you are interested drop me a line.