Dutch model Romee Strijd is expecting her first child.
The Victoria’s Secret Angel announced her pregnancy news on Instagram on Thursday by sharing a photo of her partner Laurens van Leeuwen cradling her baby bump as they posed in their garden.
In the lengthy caption, the 24-year-old revealed that she thought she wouldn’t be able to have a baby after she was diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) two years ago.
“WE’RE HAVING A BABY,” she wrote. “Two years ago, I got diagnosed with PCOS after not getting my period for 7 years. I was devastated because being a mom and starting a family with @laurensvleeuwen is my biggest dream. I was so scared that I would never be able to because I got told it was harder to get babies in a natural way.”
After conducting research into the condition, she concluded that her body was “under constant stress” from travelling so much, having daily workouts, and eating “super clean”.
“I think I pressured my body to (sic) much, and honestly everybody is so different but I think my weight was not good for my body to function properly and couldn’t handle the constant traveling,” she explained to her followers.
Romee studied natural healing remedies for PCOS and decided to do less high-intensity exercise, take breaks when necessary, and stop restricting her food intake.
“I also tried some natural supplements, acupuncture and we got a place back in the Netherlands as well, so we could spend more time with Family (since I’m such a family person),” she concluded. “I’m so happy and grateful to say that I got my period back last November AND that WE’RE SOON A FAMILY OF THREE & to the women trying to conceive, believe in yourself and be nice for yourself and your body and don’t let those thoughts get to you to much (sic).”
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