Danielle Armstrong has opened up on her second pregnancy, revealing that she found it ‘really emotional’ and ‘hard’ to get pregnant with baby number two.
The former TOWIE star, 34, took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal she was expecting her second child with husband Tommy Edney.
She took to Instagram again on Wednesday, to share her relief about not having to keep her pregnancy secret anymore and admit that she was ‘anxious’ this time around.
Candid: Danielle Armstrong has opened up on her second pregnancy, revealing that she found it ‘really emotional’ and ‘hard’ this time around
She said: ‘Hey guys, the news is finally out. I’m so relieved to be able to just be myself, not wearing a baggy top.
‘I’ve had quite a lot of message over the last few weeks of people saying “Are you pregnant?” I think women get a feeling.
‘But it’s been so hard keeping it in, and keeping it from you friends and family. Even my mum!
‘Me and my mum are so close and just to keep that from her for a certain amount of time. It’s just hard.’
Baby joy! The former TOWIE star, 34, took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal she was expecting her second child with husband Tommy Edney
Danielle advised her followers not to ask if someone was pregnant, saying: ‘But you know what I will say, for anyone who is watching this, if you think or suspect someone’s pregnant.
‘Just a little bit of advice, don’t ask them. Don’t even try to do the hints, just keep it to yourself.
‘Because I experience that quite a lot over the last few weeks and it’s really not a nice feeling.
‘And to be put in that position was just, it was horrible because you feel like you’re lying, but obviously you’re not.’
The news is out! She took to Instagram again on Wednesday, to share her relief about not having to keep her pregnancy secret anymore
She then continued: ‘I just felt so much more anxious in this pregnancy and you just want the all clear with all the doctors and different scans and all the different tests they run.
‘I don’t know what it is, but I just really found it hard this time round. So yeah anyone watching this, I just think anything to do with pregnancy…
‘I didn’t make it a secret to anyone about after we got married, we’re probably will try, I’d love to have a baby this year.
‘And as soon as I got married people were like “Are you pregnant? Ooh baby number two!” And I’ll go into detail another time, but even my experience of trying for a baby I found it really hard. I actually found it really emotional.
‘I think it’s important that the whole trying for a baby, certain things we were doing, that’s a whole other topic.
‘But I just think the whole pregnancy thing, trying, pregnant, its a real personal thing and you should always respect someone’s decision about whether they’re going to tell you or not.’
She concluded: ‘But the news is finally out. I don’t feel like I have to worry about covering myself and I don’t want it to feel like a secret.
‘I’m actually not a secretive person, but we’re really happy, I can’t wait, roll on the summer. I feel like we’re gonna have our hands full.’
Danielle announced her pregnancy on Tuesday, posting a black and white video as she held up three pregnancy tests admitting: ‘I wasn’t sure!’.
Danielle then shared a kiss with her husband before showing a glimpse of daughter Orla, three, loving caressing her growing bump.
Joyous news: Danielle Armstrong, 34, took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal she was expecting her second with husband Tommy Edney
The reality star exclaimed ‘High five big sister!’ as the little one beamed for the camera.
Danielle also gave her 1.3M followers a glimpse of her baby’s first scan as well as a sweet snap of the family.
She wrote: ‘Baby Edney No2….Oh we can’t wait to meet you’.
3 becoming 4: The TOWIE star posted a black and white video as she held up three pregnancy tests admitting: ‘I wasn’t sure!’
Mummy: Danielle then shared a kiss with her husband before showing a glimpse of daughter Orla, three, loving caressing her growing bump
Scan: The family proudly posed with a scan of their latest edition
She continued: ‘We are absolutely over the moon, that we will be adding another bubba to our family summer 2023’.
‘I know Orla is going to be the most amazing Big Sister’.
Fans and famous friends rushed to the comments section to congratulate Danielle on the news with Kate Ferdinand writing: ‘Fabulous news, congratulations my darling’.
Big news: Danielle also shared with her 1.3M follower footage of her baby’s first scan as well as a sweet snap of the family
Expecting: She panned the camera over to show the scan on a large television screen
While Ferne McCann wrote: ‘Yayyyyyyyyy we are so excited, the best news!’.
And Vicky Pattison added: ‘Congratulations beautiful!!!! I’m so happy for you all’.
With James Argent adding: ‘Congratulations to the pair of you’.
Love: Danielle couldn’t wipe the smile off her face and cuddled up to beau Tommy
The reality star favourite was diagnosed with the condition in December 2018 and recalled her devastation when she learned it could make having children difficult.
Speaking to Fabulous magazine, Danielle said: ‘I remember walking out of that appointment and I was sitting in the car park just crying on my own.’
Number 2: She wrote: ‘Baby Edney No2….Oh we can’t wait to meet you’
Congrats: Fans and famous friends rushed to the comments section to congratulate Danielle on the news with Kate Ferdinand writing: ‘Fabulous news, congratulations my darling’
Danielle said she didn’t want to tell anyone about her endometriosis, particularly as one of her close friends had breast cancer at the time.
She was in a relationship with footballer Daniel Spiller at the time but knew the romance was coming to an end.
She said: ‘It wasn’t like I was going to be trying for a baby any time soon, but it was in the back of my mind — what if I meet the person I want to have children with and it’s not possible?
Family: It comes after Danielle revealed last year she was devastated when she was told she might struggle to conceive after being diagnosed with endometriosis
‘I had always wanted to be a mum and if that had been taken away from me because of this condition it would have been awful.’
Endometriosis, which affects one in ten women, causes tissue similar to the lining of the uterus to grow in different organs around the body.
Tissue build-up can be in minimal but in the most painful severe cases it can cause scarring that fuses organs together because of the time it takes for the cells to leave the body after they thicken during the menstrual cycle.
Danielle went to her doctor at age 30 after years of suffering with bad period pains which she described as ‘unbearable’.
While there is no cure for endometriosis, medicaton can be used to ease pain and the contraceptive pill can be used to make periods lighter.
However, Danielle said she found coming off the pill helped her, telling how she met Tommy six months after her diagnosis.
The couple moved in together after just two weeks and then six weeks later, Danielle found out she was pregnant with her daughter Orla who was born in May 2020.
Danielle said when the time comes for the couple to try for another child, she will ‘see what happens’ but will go to her GP if they run into problems.
The star said her pregnancy with Orla was a difficult one but she and Tom are hoping for more children, with Danielle beliving they will probably end up with three.
Endometriosis: What is it, what are the symptoms and how can it be treated?
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue that covers the inside of the uterus, the endometrium, appears in other parts of the body and causes chronic inflammation, scarring and pelvic pain.
The endometriosis tissue outside the uterus will bleed just as it would as the lining of the uterus. According to womenshealth.gov ‘this can cause swelling and pain because the tissue grows and bleeds in an area where it cannot easily get out of your body’.
The condition usually affects girls and women of childbearing age and is less likely to affect women who have had menopause. Endometriosis is more common in women in their 30s and 40s.
The condition affects 6-10 percent of the general female population in the US, according to a scientific paper published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.
Endometriosis UK says that one in ten — around 3million — women of reproductive age in the UK have the condition.
There is no known cause of endometriosis, although one theory posits that family genetics plays a large part.
Other potential causes explored are immune system issues and complications from menstrual period flow, whereby the tissue shed during the period ends up flowing through the Fallopian tube to other parts of the body such as the pelvis.
Endometrium cells can also spread through the body through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system.
Main endometriosis symptoms include chronic pelvic, lower back and abdominal pain that may be worse than normal during a period; experiencing pain during sexual intercourse, painful bowel movements; bloating and nausea.
Painful periods and difficulty getting pregnant are other key symptoms. Experiencing heavy periods and infertility are noted as being symptomatic of endometriosis.
The NHS recommends seeing a GP when symptoms manifest, in particular if they are ‘having a big impact on your life’.
The doctor will conduct a pelvic exam and may perform an ultrasound, however, a laparoscopy is currently the only way to confirm an endometriosis diagnosis.
A laparoscopy is a procedure that involves the doctor making a small incision in the skin and passing a small tube through it to see if there are any patches of endometriosis tissue.
There is no cure for endometriosis. However, the NHS offers treatments that can palliate the symptoms.
These include painkillers such as paracetamol, hormone medicines and contraceptives like the pill, the contraceptive patch and an IUS. Surgery to cut out the endometriosis tissue or parts of the organ affected are also options.
However, the NHS says that sometimes doctors may not start treatment immediately in order to see if the symptoms improve on their own.