‘WE HAVE A BABY’: Victoria Secret model Romee Strijd announces she’s expecting her first child with husband Laurens van Leeuwen … after revealing protracted conception struggle
Romee Strijd has announced that she is expecting her first child with husband Laurens van Leeuwen after revealing their conception struggle.
The Victoria Secret model, 24, shared the joyful news with her followers with a candid post uploaded on Instagram on Thursday.
The Dutch bombshell looked radiant in a cream-colored cut-out maxi dress as she hugged her budding baby bump.
Adorable: Romee Strijd, 24, has announced she’s expecting her first child with husband Laurens van Leeuwen
Husband Laurens beamed next to her before settling into her honey locks.
Romee uploaded the adorable snapshot alongside a very candid caption that read, ‘WE HAVE A BABY! 2 years ago I was 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 I could never do it because I was told it was more difficult to have babies naturally. I started to research PCOS and came to the conclusion that mine was not the typical pcos.
Mine was because my body was in fight or flight mode … meaning my body was under constant stress.
Heartfelt: The Victoria Secret model shared the news with her followers with a candid post uploaded on Instagram on Thursday
“I never felt super stressed mentally, so it was hard to understand, but my life consisted of traveling all the time (no biorhythm), exercising every day, eating super clean (limiting food).
“I think I put too much pressure on my body, and frankly every body is so different, but I think my weight was not good for my body to function properly and couldn’t cope with the constant travel.
“This was the point at which I started researching natural healing for PCOS and came to the conclusion that I should do much less intense exercise, not limit food, be nice to myself, and take breaks when needed.
‘I also tried some natural supplements, acupuncture and we also got a place back in the Netherlands, so that we could spend more time with Family (since I am such a family person).
‘I am so happy and grateful to say that I got my period back last November AND WE’RE A FAMILY OF THREE SOON ❤ ❤❤❤ & for the women trying to conceive, believe in yourself and be nice to yourself and you body and don’t let those thoughts touch you too much [sic]. ‘
Laurens commented on the post herself, writing: ‘LOVE YOU! I can not wait [praying emoji and red heart emoji]. ‘
It comes after Romee uploaded a video to her YouTube account with 1.12 million subscribers entitled How I Became A Model late last year.
In the confessional video, Romee shared how she was discovered along with her subsequent weight issues and how she got the dream record of modeling for lingerie powerhouse Victoria’s Secret.
Excited: Laurens herself responded to the post and wrote: ‘LOVE YOU! I can not wait [praying emoji and red heart emoji]’
Catwalk: It comes after Romee uploaded a video to her YouTube account with 1.12 million subscribers entitled How I Became A Model at the end of last year (pictured at the Moschino fashion show during Milan Fashion Week)
Romee started modeling at the age of 13, after she was scouted on the street in Amsterdam while shopping with her mother.
She said she didn’t like trying it out at first, but soon came over, despite the fact that she was still in high school and wearing braces.
In the end, her new agent pitched her for London Fashion Week, where she modeled for Burberry, before moving on to the exclusive Prada show at Milan Fashion Week.
Romee eventually became a Victoria Secret angel in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since.
Young Love: Romee (pictured next to Laurens) eventually became a Victoria Secret angel in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since