Victoria's Secret model Romee Strijd is pregnant and expecting her first child with longtime partner Laurens Van Leeuwen.
AShe announced the news on Instagram and revealed that she's been battling with the hormonal disorder, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). "2 years ago I got diagnosed with PCOS after not getting my period for 7 years," she wrote in a lengthy post. She went on to say that becoming a mother has been her dream so the diagnosis was scary for her. Strijd claims that her PCOS was because of stress she was putting on her body to maintain a certain weight and lifestyle for her job.
"I never felt mentally super stressed so it was hard te understand this, but my life consisted of traveling all the time (no biorhythm), working out every day, eating super clean (restricting foods). I think I pressured my body to much, and honestly every body is so different but I think my weight was not good for my body to function properly and couldn’t handle the constant traveling," she said.
She went on to say that she finally got her period back and is now looking forward to having a family of three with her partner. Strijd also shared a sweet photo of her and Van Leeuwen. She's wearing a cut out Cult Gaia Serita Dress and he's wearing an all black outfit.
WE’RE HAVING A BABY 💗 2 years ago I got diagnosed with PCOS after not getting my period for 7 years. I was devastated because being a mom and starting a family with @laurensvleeuwen is my biggest dream.. I was so scared that I would never be able to because I got told it was harder to get babies in a natural way.. I started to research PCOS and came to the conclusion that mine was not the typical pcos.. Mine was because of my body being in fight or flight mode.. which means my body was under constant stress. I never felt mentally super stressed so it was hard te understand this, but my life consisted of travelling all the time (no biorhythm), working out every day, eating super clean (restricting foods). I think I pressured my body to much, and honestly every body is so different but I think my weight was not good for my body to function properly and couldn’t handle the constant traveling. This was the point where I started to research natural healing for PCOS and came to the conclusion that I should do way less high intensity training, don’t restrict foods, be nice to myself, and take breaks when needed. I also tried some natural supplements, acupuncture and we got a place back in the Netherlands as well, so we could spend more time with Family (since im such a family person). I’m so happy and grateful to say that I got my period back last november AND that WE’RE SOON A FAMILY OF THREE ❤ ❤❤❤ & to the women trying to conceive, believe in yourself and be nice for yourself and your body and don’t let those thoughts get to you to much 😚
A post shared by Romee Strijd (@romeestrijd) on May 28, 2020 at 10:14am PDT
In the wake of many changes at Victoria's Secret (namely, the cancelation of the annual show), Strijd and Van Leeuwen have created a successful YouTube channel that chronicles their life and travels. Her nearly two million subscribers will almost certainly be looking forward to watching her next chapter unfold.