Brian McFadden and Danielle’s joy as they announce they’re expecting their first baby after devastating miscarriages
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Brian McFadden and fiancée Danielle Parkinson are set to start a family of their own as they exclusively reveal to OK! that they are expecting their first child together.
“We’re 15 weeks along now,” Brian says on the exclusive shoot, while a thrilled Dani adds: “We’re due on 14 May. But they said normally with your first baby it can be early.”
It's fair to the couple haven't had the easiest ride when it comes to conceiving. After trying to fall pregnant naturally for two years, Brian, 40, and Dani, 39, sought IVF treatment. Dani then fell pregnant twice, but tragically both pregnancies ended in miscarriage, after which, they told OK! they were “devastated”.
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Thankfully, after 17 months of IVF, the pair are happy to reveal they are now past the three-month pregnancy mark.
Reflecting on their past loss, Danielle says she's been showered with support from women who have been a similar ordeal.
She says: "It does [feel like a miracle] but I feel awful saying that, as I’ve had so many messages on Instagram. The IVF community is so lovely and I’ve heard real traumatic stories from people who have been trying for 10 years, people who have had eight-plus miscarriages, so I feel we got lucky on our third attempt."
They also give credit to pals Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips for putting them in touch with a specialist nutrition expert who created a diet plan they believe helped them conceive.
"Mike and Zara put us in touch with Simone the nutritionist who got us prepared for this time," Brian says. "After we had the miscarriage, we sat with them and talked. This woman would put us on a certain diet, and Mike guaranteed it would work. He was completely right."
Brian already shares daughters Molly, 19, and Lilly, 17, while this will be former PE teacher Dani’s first.
The former Westlife star, who proposed to Danielle last year, insists that the birth of his third child will only strengthen his bond with his older daughters.
"Obviously Molly lives in Dublin now, so we don’t see her as much as we’d like to, but we’re happy now that Lilly’s with us as we get to see her a lot more. They’re very maternal and I can’t wait for them to be part of our family life as well. It’s going to be good. They’re excited. They’ve been with us since the beginning of the IVF, so they’ve gone through all the highs and lows.
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"They’ve been very supportive. And they’re not kids any more. Molly’s 19 and Lilly’s turning 18 in February. They’ve been through this before – they’ve pretty much helped to raise their brother and sisters at home. Both of them were pretty much in tears when they saw the scan, because they’ve been on the roller coaster with us."
But Brian and Danielle admit they haven't revealed their baby joy to Brian's first wife and mother to his daughters, Kerry Katona.
Brian explains: "We haven’t told Kerry. We’ve only told really, really close family and friends."
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