Danielle Armstrong took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal she was expecting her second child with husband Tommy Edney.
The former TOWIE star, 34, posted 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
It comes after Danielle revealed last year she was devastated when she was told she might struggle to conceive after being diagnosed with endometriosis.
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’.
According to the NHS, it can appear in many different places ‘including the ovaries, Fallopian tubes’. Endometriosis tissue can also appear inside the stomach, in or around the bowel and the bladder.
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.