– Romee Strijd, a Victoria’s Secret Angel, has announced her first pregnancy in an emotional video on YouTube. She also opened up about struggling to conceive in the past due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
– Strijd is expecting with Laurens van Leeuwen, her longtime boyfriend of more than 10 years.
– She also shared a hopeful note to aspiring mothers: “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.”
Romee Strijd is going to be a mom! The model and Victoria’s Secret runway star announced the news with heartfelt posts on social media today and an accompanying vlog on her YouTube channel. This marks the first child for the VS Angel and her longtime boyfriend, Laurens van Leeuwen.
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Strijd’s journey to motherhood came with hardships though. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and was told it would be more difficult for her to have children. “My world collapsed because my biggest dream was always to start a family with Laurens,” Strijd says through tears in her video. But after some lifestyle changes, including moving to Amsterdam to be with family, ditching high-intensity activity, not restricting her diet, and trying natural supplements, she got her period again in November—the first in years.
“We’re so thankful and grateful to announce that we’re expecting a baby,” Strijd says before sharing images and footage of their child’s ultrasound. “And I actually can’t believe I’m saying this, because my thoughts have made me feel like this would never be possible for us. But here we are. And I can’t wait to take you guys on the journey with us.”
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WE’RE HAVING A BABY 💗 2 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.. I started to research PCOS and came to the conclusion that mine was not the typical pcos.. Mine was because of my body being in fight or flight mode.. which means my body was under constant stress. I never felt mentally super stressed so it was hard te understand this, but my life consisted of travelling all the time (no biorhythm), working out every day, eating super clean (restricting foods). I think I pressured my body to much, and honestly every body is so different but I think my weight was not good for my body to function properly and couldn’t handle the constant traveling. This was the point where I started to research natural healing for PCOS and came to the conclusion that I should do way less high intensity training, don’t restrict foods, be nice to myself, and take breaks when needed. 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 im such a family person). 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 😚
In her Instagram post, she also shared an encouraging message for women having trouble getting pregnant. “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,” she wrote.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
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