The Victoria’s Secret model Romee Strijd, 24, is expecting her first child with long-lasting boyfriend Laurens van Leeuwen, she declared Thursday via web-based networking media and in an enthusiastic YouTube video.
In the sweet Instagram photo, Strijd is shown grinning and placing a hand on her baby bump, while her beau leans in from behind together with his hands on her hips, looking blissful.
“WE’RE HAVING A BABY 💗,” the mom-to-be began her caption, before happening to elucidate that she was “diagnosed with [polycystic ovary syndrome]” two years ago “after not getting [her] period for 7 years.”
“I was devastated because being a mom and starting a family with @laurensvleeuwen is my biggest dream,” she said. “I was so scared that I might never be ready too because I got told it had been harder to urge babies in a natural way.”
Romee Strijd child after Natural healing for PCOS
Strijd did some research about PCOS on her own and learned that her case was “not the typical” one, “because of my body being in fight or flight mode … which suggests my body was under constant stress.”
“I never felt mentally super stressed so it had been hard te [sic] understand this, but my life consisted of traveling all the time (no biorhythm), understanding a day, eating super clean (restricting foods),” she wrote. “I think I pressured my body to [sic] much, and honestly everybody is so different but I feel my weight wasn’t good for my body to function properly and couldn’t handle the constant traveling.”
After reading about “natural healing for PCOS,” the Dutch model “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.” She also took “natural supplements” and tried acupuncture, and spent longer with family.
“I’m so happy and grateful to mention that I got my period back last November which WE’RE SOON A FAMILY OF THREE ❤ ❤❤❤,” Strijd added. “To the ladies trying to conceive, believe yourself, and be nice for yourself and your body, and do not let those thoughts get to you too much 😚.”
Romee Strijd and Laurens van Leeuwen: dating & relationship
Strijd and Leeuwen, 29, began dating in 2010. This past January, Strijd celebrated their 10-year anniversary with a side-by-side mirror shot of themselves wearing similar outfits both a decade ago and now.
“2010 vs 2020 🖤 Can’t believe we are together today for 10 YEARS!!” she captioned it. “I’m so happy to ride this rollercoaster called life with you! and that I desire per annum I really like you more and more and more … @laurensvleeuwen.”
Leeuwen shared a heartfelt post of his own, featuring two snapshots of the couple and two zoomed in to point out their respective facial expressions. “10 Years together, wow time flies.. (in good and bad times😉) I’m grateful🖤 LY!!!” he wrote.