Jenna Bush Hager told the story of her parents’ struggle with infertility and starting a family

Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager divulged her parents’ struggle with infertility before twins Jenna and Barbara were born in the early 80s. 

 According to Today, the television anchor said she had always wanted to be a mother but she was unsure of how that might come into being.

“Infertility has run on my mom’s side of the family forever,” Jenna revealed on Tuesday’s episode of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.

Hager said that the problems with fertility didn’t only start with her mother though, saying that the woman she got her name from, her mother’s mother, Jenna Hawkins also had a heartbreaking struggle.

According to Hager, Hawkins had more than one stillbirth, which is what happens when a baby dies in the womb after 20 weeks of gestation.

Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush reportedly applied to an adoption agency after five years of marriage, because they were dethroned that they wanted to become parents. 

However the day they heard back from that agency was the day they learned that Laura was pregnant, and later she learned it wasn’t one but two babies she was carrying, Jenna and Barbara, named for the couple’s mothers.

“When George and Laura were applying to adopt a child, they submitted a photo of themselves posing in their Midland, Texas, backyard. Jenna has the picture and keeps it in a frame,” Today reported. 

“It was part of our story,” she explained, before talking about her own family, consisting of husband, Henry Hager, Mila, 8, Poppy, 6, and Henry, 2