Congratulations are in order as Victoria’s Secret Angel Romee Strijd has given birth to her first baby with husband Laurens van Leeuwen.
Strijd shared the first photo of her baby girl on Instagram. In the post’s caption, the model revealed her daughter’s beautiful name: Mint.
Strijd wrote, “Mint van Leeuwen ~ feeling so blessed to finally hold you in my arms ? We are so in love with you!!”
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Earlier this year, Strijd and van Leeuwen shared a YouTube video in which they discussed the challenges they’d faced attempting to have a baby. Strijd opened up about being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and wondering whether she’d be able to conceive a baby. “We’re so thankful and grateful to announce that we’re expecting a baby,” Strijd said in the YouTube video. “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.”
Announcing her pregnancy news on Instagram, Strijd candidly wrote, “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.” She continued, “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’m so happy and grateful to say that I got my period back last November AND that WE’RE SOON A FAMILY OF THREE.”
This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US.