There must be something in the air – at least if you’re a Victoria’s Secret alum. After Gigi Hadid recently announced she was pregnant, fellow angel 24-year-old Romee Strijd has just revealed she is expecting her first child with longtime partner Laurens van Leeuwen.
“We’re having a baby!” Strijd announced on her Instagram page wearing a Cult Gaia dress and a beautiful little bump.
But it wasn’t an easy road. Strijd also admitted to health problems which, she says, could have affected her ability to conceive. “Two years ago I got diagnosed with PCOS after not getting my period for seven years, she explained. “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,” she continued. “Mine was because of my body being in fight or flight mode, which means my body was under constant stress.”
The naturally thin Strijd would spend hours in the gym ahead of Victoria’s Secret shows and at one point, fans began to troll her Instagram calling her out for being “too skinny”.
“I never felt mentally super stressed so it was hard to understand this, but my life consisted of travelling all the time (no biorhythm), working out every day [and] eating super clean (restricting foods),” Strijd said today.
“I think I pressured my body too 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.”
“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 I’m 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,” Stridj continued. “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 too much.”
Congratulations to the beautiful Romee!