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Happy news is exactly what we need right now! When Married At First Sight contestants Jules Robinson and Cam Merchant announced on Sunday, April 5 that they were expecting their first child, we were overjoyed for them.
The happy couple who “married at first sight” in 2018 and then again in real life in November, last year, took to Instagram to share their pregnancy joy.
In sweet post that showed an image of them pushing an old-fashioned pram on the cover of Stellar magazine, the cover line read: “First comes marriage, then comes love, then comes a MAFS baby in the baby carriage.”
Jules 37, admitted she was surprised at how quickly she fell pregnant.
“I honestly thought it was going to come with a fight. Because of my age, I had done all the hormone testing, the egg count… so much is instilled that you’re going to struggle because of your age,” she told the magazine.
“So I had it in my head that it was going to be a problem, but on the flip side, I think my saving grace was because all my focus was on launching my Figure shapewear line, it wasn’t the centre of my universe. I wasn’t obsessing over it. And for that, I’m so grateful.”
In a video post to Instagram, Jules went on to give hope to older women who may have been told they might medically struggle to conceive.
“It’s official, I’m having a baby,” said Jules, sitting with husband Cam.
“I just want to say to women out there who are my age and go and have those tests done that tell you, you don’t have any eggs and all that, which is what I went through and that you’re going to struggle, to just keep on believing that it is going to happen for you because that’s what I did.”
Jules proudly shows off the first image of her baby bump. Sharing the pic to Instagram, she writes: “And she whispers softly……. You’re the baby Daddy 😂😂. So happy to parade this bump out on our once a day outings!. #nohiding 😂”
Jules says manifesting it would happen is what helped her and Cam and encourages others to also think positive thoughts.
“I really did not think this was going to happen without a fight and I’m so happy and I’m honestly, I know doctor’s are great when they do their tests and stuff but I thought this was going to be a lot harder than it was,” she says.
“So just keep manifesting to yourself that is going to happen because that is what I did for like a whole year, I kept saying to myself January, January, January. So (we’re in a) really, really happy moment right now and I can’t wait to have a baby with this man.”
Proud dad to-be Cam admitted he was over-the-moon when they found out they were expecting in January this year.
“I cried, for sure. I was emotional. It’s a big step and I’ve never done this before,” Cam said.
The truth about fertility
According to the stats, women in their mid-40s have a five per cent chance of conceiving naturally.
Why, you may ask? Fertility is the most important factor.
You see, a woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have. As she ages her eggs age with her and their number and quality reduces over time.
Women younger than 30 have about a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant naturally each month. By age 40, the chance of pregnancy is about five percent each month.
Some people may believe fertility treatment is the answer to pregnancy later in life but with age, treatments like IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and ICSI (Intracytoplasmic sperm injection) success also declines.
Using donor eggs or frozen embryos to try to conceive is another option.