Janette Manrara gives birth! Strictly star and husband Aljaž Škorjanec welcome first child
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Janette Manrara has given birth to her first baby.
The former Strictly Come Dancing star, 39, has welcomed a baby girl with her Strictly pro-dancer husband, Aljaž Škorjanec, 33.
The pair announced the joyful news as they shared a gorgeous black-and-white snap, revealing their daughter was born yesterday, July 28, 2023.
They also announced they have named her, Lyra Rose Skorjanec, as they sweetly added a rose emoji to their post.
The new parents are seen beaming in the hospital snap, as newborn Lyra is cradled on Janette's chest.
Celeb pals and Strictly co-stars quickly shared their messages of congratulations, as Ashley Roberts wrote: "Lyra Rose is here!!! So beautiful!!! Love you!!!"
Former Strictly dancer James Jordan said: "So happy for you both. Sending love from the Jordans" while Oti Mabuse gushed: "CONGRATULATIONS. best news ever."
Gemma Atkinson – who recently welcomed a son with Strictly pro Gorka Marquez – wrote: "Just wonderful.
Dianne Buswell gushed: "yay so so exciting", while Amy Dowden sweetly said: "Utter perfection."
Former EastEnders star Jake Wood wrote: "Welcome to the world Lyra!!! You have chosen amazing parents."
The pair, who married in 2017, had previously opened up about the birth plans and shared that Janette had been advised to have a caesarean.
Speaking to HELLO!, she said: "It looks like we have a bigger than average size baby, but I’m not an average size human and because of the width of my hips it’s advised that I get a C-section."
Prior to the birth, Janette had taken to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday, 11 July, to announce she was packing for hospital.
She said: "Today is hospital bag day. It's time to pack it. Let me show you what I put in there and if you have any other suggestions of what else I can put in here let me know, but I think I've got it covered."
She also said: "Excuse my state but belt is on. Back is ok and another rough night's sleep, but all good."
They announced their pregnancy news back in February, sharing how they'd been struggling to conceive and had begun considering IVF, but eventually ended up conceiving naturally.
Janette had previously shared exclusively with OK! that she could get "frustrated" when people asked about her baby plans with Aljaž.
"It can be frustrating as a woman to feel that constant expectation but, in saying that, we’ve been really lucky because the public have been so lovely and kind to us," she told us.
“Anything I’ve seen online about us has been beautiful. We count our blessings.”
Janette had been regularly updating fans throughout her pregnancy, including posting a photo of her sonogram.
Earlier this month, Janette's friend Sara Davies – from TV's Dragon's Den – treated her Instagram followers to a look at Janette's star-studded surprise baby shower.
The Winnie the Pooh-themed bash was planned by Jeanette's Strictly pro pal Katya Jones, and former Pussycat Dolls star, Ashley Roberts.
Sara's post showed the ladies having a ball at the event, which was filled with gold, white and yellow balloons.
The expectant mum couldn't have looked happier as she sat amongst the balloons, and held a special one that read: "Janette's baby shower," whilst her other had rested under her bump.
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