Rhian Sugden announces she’s pregnant with first child after IVF heartbreak

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    Beloved model Rhian Sugden and her doting husband Oliver Mellor have proudly announced they are expecting their first child.

    The former Page 3 model has been extremely open about her fertility struggles over the past few years. Most recently, the star confessed that her successful OnlyFans account has helped fund her and her husband's rounds of IVF.

    The happy couple have been trying to conceive for over sic years. But on Sunday (November 19), the blonde bombshell, 37, and her supportive husband confirmed they are set to become parents for the first time.

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    Manchester native Rhian gushed that the pair are "over the moon" to share the joyous news with their loyal legion of fans. She noted that their lives are "going to change" as they excitedly prepare for their little bundle of joy who is expected to arrive in the new year.

    Before their recent conception, the TV personality admitted that she didn't think the pair would be able to have children. In her early 30s, tests showed that the star had a low egg count as well as premenopausal hormone levels.

    Their latest round of IVF took place back in August, which the model previously believed would be unsuccessful. But nine days later, she took a pregnancy test which came back positive.

    Speaking to Hello! magazine, Oliver recalled: "I was woken up by her calling out, 'Oh my God, I'm pregnant!" The former Celebrity Big Brother star says she can't help but keep taking pregnancy tests to "make sure" it's true.

    She added: "We were convinced it would never happen. But here we are, and we're thrilled." Taking to Instagram to share the news, Rhian's fans were overjoyed as they shared their delight for the star online.

    One user penned: "OH MY GOD!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!" as another penned: "Congrats love!!" A third echoed: "Congrats Suggers!!!" While a fourth added: "Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you [two heart emojis]."

    The model previously opened up to the Mirror about being mum-shamed while she was trying to conceive her first child. Discussing her decision to be open about her fertility struggles, the Bury-born star revealed how much support she received online.

    She explained: "Once you start talking about it loads of people get in touch which is quite nice because I've formed a little community of friends and we're all in the same position. I've never met them in real life but we speak all the time on WhatsApp so that's quite nice.

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    "Eighth time lucky hopefully – that's why I've got OnlyFans. It's expensive, it's like £15,000 per go. We had one round free with the NHS but the other seven, not so much."

    She went on to add that users were quick to shame her for using her platform to fund her ambitions to be a mother. Rhian added: "In the same breath, people will mum-shame me so to speak, even though I'm not a mum for being on OnlyFans."

    The star pointed out that if she didn't continue to work, the couple wouldn't be able to afford to keep trying for a child. She finished: "I'm not flashy, I don't drive around in a Range Rover or anything, my money is solely going on IVF at the moment."

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