Romee Strijd's Pregnancy Announcement on Instagram
In a lengthy post, Romee used the news of their first child to shine a light on her fears around falling pregnant while struggling with PCOS (PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome).
"2 years ago I got diagnosed with PCOS after not getting my period for 7 years," she began.
"I was devastated because being a mum and starting a family with [Laurens van Leeuwen] 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," she shared, alluding to her the pressure the fashion industry places on models.
"I never felt mentally super stressed so it was hard the 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."
After committing to "less high intensity training, don't restrict foods, be nice to myself, and take breaks when needed," as well as "natural supplements, acupuncture and we got a place back in the Netherlands as well, so we could spend more time with family," Romee was able to conceive.
She went on to share that she had been trying natural supplements and treatments like acupuncture to realign her body and closed out the post with a message of hope for women suffering from PCOS.
"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 too much."
Her comments section was immediately flooded with people congratulating the couple as well as other women singing her praise for shining a light on a very common, yet rarely talked about disease.
Scroll to read Romee's full pregnancy announcement and watch her YouTube announcement video.