Jennifer Snowden on the Moment She Learned About Her Son's Health Battle: "The World Turned Gray"

Jennifer Snowden on the Moment She Learned About Her Son's Health Battle: "The World Turned Gray"

The #SouthernCharm pal opens up about raising Ascher, who was born last September.

By Jocelyn Vena
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How Is Jennifer Snowden's Son Doing?

Jennifer Snowden's journey to motherhood wasn't all smooth sailing. Before giving birth to her son, Ascher, last September, the Southern Charm pal's baby was diagnosed with a brain encephalocele. She'll sit down on The Doctors on Wednesday to reflect on that unexpected path for her little boy.

"My first trimester was really easy. At 15 weeks, I was desperate to see what the baby looked like. So I went to one of those 4-D ultrasound places. He walked in and said there's something really wrong with your baby," Jennifer recalls on the talk show. "That's when the world turned gray. They said that if he survives, he may require 24 hours nursing care for the rest of his life."

Jennifer was forced to face some difficult news about her son and his future. "[I asked], 'Have you ever seen a case where a baby defied the odds?' And she looked at me and said, 'No, I haven't. I saw him wheeled away as they were sewing me up [after I gave birth] and there were those lingering thoughts: 'What if he doesn't make it through surgery? And that was the only time I'll ever get to see him alive.'"

But Ascher did make it through, and in a recent Instagram, Jennifer shared that her son is progressing quite well. "Mornings with this little guy make life seem so complete ... I really don't remember life before him," she wrote. "It's crazy how time flies so fast: would you believe he's already teething & trying to sit up on his own?!"

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