Fifi Box has shared more details about her second pregnancy, including how she fell pregnant and the “debilitating” morning sickness she has been struggling with.
Speaking on her Fox FM breakfast show Fifi, Fev & Byron with co-host Byron Cooke this morning — Brendan Fevola was off after undergoing a vasectomy a week earlier — the 41-year-old TV and radio presenter ecstatically announced, “Yes, it’s official — I am pregnant!”
“It’s so good to finally say it,” she continued, “because it’s been such a long journey — for me, obviously, and for people close to me, and my family — but to finally just be able to breathe out!”
When Cooke told her how much she was showing with this pregnancy, Fox explained, “They always say the second pops out faster, and whoa, this one popped out very quickly.”
Box, who is already mother to 5-year-old daughter Trixie Belle, went on to reveal more about her IVF journey, which she mentioned in her Instagram Post that broke the news on Sunday afternoon.
“My IVF journey started a couple of years ago,” she said. “I knew I wanted to expand my little family, and my love for Trixie, and I thought what a blessing it would be for her to have a sibling. So I went to an IVF specialist, Dr Sameer Jatker, who was amazing and so incredible, and a few years ago we started egg retrieval — so I started freezing my eggs and went through that process — and then last year, with the help of a donor, I went about falling pregnant.”
Box said she knew how lucky she was to conceive as easily as she did.
“It happened — and I said this in my message last night, and I do mean it — I’m so lucky and blessed, because even just being part of the IVF process and going to the clinic, I could see the heartbreak, and so many women and couples on really heartbreaking journeys with IVF,” she continued. “I had a very slim chance of having a successful pregnancy — in fact it was a 7 per cent chance of this being successful.”
Despite her happiness, Box described her first trimester as “tough”. “I don’t do pregnancy well, and I’ve been so sick, and for people who were aware that I was sick and not at work at the end of last year, I was in hospital on a drip, and I suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum, which is a very debilitating form of morning sickness,” she said. “Kate Middleton went and got it, and now apparently I’m just copying her.”
“But it was so debilitating that it didn’t allow me to experience that joy, and I think for any women who have struggled to fall pregnant, and know that it’s a high risk pregnancy, you really don’t relax, and you really don’t let it sink in. So I’ve been so lucky, I’ve completed lots of tests and scans that have told me, assured me, that we’ve got a really healthy baby on the way.”
Cooke revealed another fun fact about Box when she’s expecting: “You also have an obsession with laying on bean bags when you’re pregnant.”
Box laughed. “As I said, I don’t do pregnancy well.”