The Real Reason Jeannie Mai Is Waiting To Find Out The Sex Of Her Baby

In case you missed it, Jeannie Mai recently revealed that she's expecting her first child with husband Jeezy. The TV personality announced the pregnancy on the first Season 8 episode of "The Real," alongside co-hosts Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, and Garcelle Beauvais. "Our 'Real' fam is growing," Mai said. "It's been really hard to keep all of these secrets from you guys, 'cause we've had so much to reveal ... including the fact that I am pregnant."

The same day as the on-air announcement, Mai shared a few maternity pics on social media, featuring Jeezy. "When the heart sees what has been invisible to the eye...I have never been this thankful to feel so alive," she wrote on Instagram. "Here come the Jenkins." Mai's pregnancy announcement took some by surprise, given the fact she admitted she didn't want any children with ex-husband Freddy Harteis.

On the same "The Real" episode, Mai explained why she changed her mind. "You know, I was like, I know exactly what I want, I know exactly what kind of woman I want to be, and I always said, 'I'd never be a mom,'" she said. "And there's so many reasons now that are coming to fruition as to why I would have said that then, but I do know that you never say never, and that love can really change you." How sweet! More recently, Mai revealed that she doesn't want to know the sex of their baby until giving birth. Find out why below.

Jeannie Mai and Jeezy want to make things 'exciting'

Since announcing the arrival of "Baby Jenkins" on September 20, Jeannie Mai shared adorable pictures of her growing baby bump, as well as an adorable clip of her husband Jay "Jeezy" Jenkins listening to the baby's heartbeat. "He changed my playlist forever," Mai wrote. Of course, some may now be wondering if they're having a boy or a girl (or both). But there's a reason Mai hasn't revealed the baby's sex yet — she simply doesn't want to know.

In a new interview with WWD, Mai explained why she'd rather wait until birth. "That makes things more exciting rather than defining the baby with pink skirts or blue corduroy shorts," she said. "I'm getting everything because I want the baby to have options." For Mai, it's been awakening to see how much planning can change once you know the baby's sex. "I've already gotten Air Jordans from a friend for the baby that could be great for a boy or a girl," she continued. "It makes me see, 'What do you think of when you break yourself out of the expectation of what a boy or a girl wears?'"

Though the baby's sex is still unknown, what's certain is that it's already being showered with love. "I found the biggest Teddy Bear for Baby Mai Jenkins!!!" Loni Love shared on Twitter, posting a picture of a giant teddy. "Come through nursery!!!!! Congratulations again @jeanniemai and @jeezy #auntieloni @therealdaytime."