Lucy Watson of Made in Chelsea went to TikTok to urge fans to consider their fertility following her own ‘never-ending’ struggle to conceive.
In the open video, the 32-year-old was visibly moved as she ‘acknowledged the anguish’ of viewers’ reproductive issues in the aftermath of her pregnancy announcement.
Lucy announced last month that she was expecting her’miracle first child’ with her husband, James Dunmore, 34.
In a new video, she speaks to other women – and men – who are experiencing similar suffering, urging them to check their fertility before starting a family.
Holding back tears, she said: ‘I thought I owed it to anyone going through struggles with fertility do a little video to acknowledge your pain.
‘Sorry I am getting emotional, but I want to acknowledge everyone dealing with fertility issues. If this has been triggering for anyone then I can relate to that a lot.
‘Everyone had been so sweet and I’ve had lots of messages on Instagram from similar people. Fertility problems aren’t spoken about enough and if you’ve had a normal cycles and periods you assume it will happen really quickly for you.
‘I had a few friends going through the same problems at the same time and some had harder journeys than others. I want to do a longer video on all I’ve learnt over the past two years and when I want to learn about something I’m pretty thorough.’
She added: ‘I also wanted to say for people that do want children, if you have the financial option to get testing done then do it sooner rather than later don’t wait until you’re ready to try. There can be so much going on under the surface – this applies to men and women by the way.
‘You can always get a scan or sperm analysis to see where you are now and it doesn’t mean things can’t improve but if things aren’t great you don’t want things to deteriorate you want to take control.’
She concluded: ‘I’m not miserable by the way! I’m just emotional and this can be a really hard topic to talk about. I am going to carry on talking about it and help others as much as I can!’
In a previous Q+A about her pregnancy, the reality star opened up about her struggle to conceive: ‘There were times when it felt like bad news after bad news, it was never ending and the light at the end of the tunnel felt faint…
‘We have seen so many specialists over the last few years and there were times when I wasn’t sure if this could ever happen for us.
‘We know there are people out there who have it way worse and for everyone struggling, I see you and feel your pain.’
Lucy shared the happy news of her pregnancy while on holiday in September. Taking to Instagram, she wrote: ‘Our little miracle,’ alongside a snap of James cradling her bump.
The post was met with many congratulations, from friends, family, and fans including Tiffany Watson, Lucy’s sister, who welcomed her own baby boy earlier this year and commented: ‘I’m so happy and excited can’t wait! Love you both so much.’
Lucy and James have kept their personal lives out of the public since meeting on Made in Chelsea. They will marry in a vacation wedding in Greece in 2021.