Brian McFadden and his fiancee Danielle Parkinson have announced they are expecting their first child together after suffering two devastating miscarriages.
The former Westlife singer, 40, and EP teacher, 39, shared the joyous news in an interview with OK !, revealing their bundle of joy is expected to arrive in May, after nearly two years of treatment for IVF.
Danielle told the publication: “We are 15 weeks away now… We are due May 14th. But they said that normally with your first baby it can be early.
Baby News! Brian McFadden and fiancee Danielle Parkinson announced they are expecting their first child together, after suffering two devastating miscarriages
She continued, “It’s true [feel like a miracle] but i feel horrible to say this because i have had so many posts on Instagram.
“The IVF community is so lovely and I’ve heard some real traumatic stories from people who have been trying for 10 years, from people who have had more than eight miscarriages, so I think we were lucky in our third attempt. “
During the interview, the couple also revealed that Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall – who had miscarried themselves – put them in touch with a nutritionist, who they said helped them conceive.
Seeking help: The former Westlife singer, 40, and PE teacher, 39, have revealed their bundle of joy is expected to arrive in May, after nearly two years of IVF treatments.
“Mike and Zara put us in touch with Simone, the nutritionist who prepared us for this period,” said Brian. “After the miscarriage, we sat down with them and talked. This woman would put us on a certain diet, and Mike guaranteed it would work. He was completely rigid.
The couple previously revealed that they suffered a “devastating” miscarriage in late 2019 after a year-long IVF trip.
They spoke about their fertility issues in OK! magazine, explaining that they had been trying to conceive naturally for two years, before turning to doctors for help.
Danielle, who suffers from low egg count, said she was thrilled to get pregnant during the couple’s first IVF cycle, but was heartbroken when she lost the baby at five weeks.
Helping Hand: The couple credited Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall – who miscarried themselves – for connecting with a nutritionist to help them conceive.
Danielle said: “It was horrible. She [the gynaecologist] showed us that my stomach was empty. I was in tears – I felt numb. Brian was upset too, but he was really strong for me.
Brian added, “We were devastated. I didn’t believe the baby was gone… it was the worst shipwreck feeling ever.
The musician is the father of two daughters, Molly, 18, and Lilly, 16, with ex-wife Kerry Katona, 39.
Danielle explained that she had a fairly low AMH [Anti-Müllerian hormone], which means it produces eggs but there are only a few.
Struggles: Danielle, who suffers from low egg count, has previously shared that she was thrilled to get pregnant during the couple’s first IVF cycle, but was heartbroken when she lost the baby to five weeks old (pictured with Brian’s daughter Lily)
Although the couple managed to get pregnant during their first cycle of IVF, five weeks Danielle said she was bleeding and her pregnancy symptoms were gone.
Danielle, who was alone at the time while Brian was working in Dubai, went to the hospital where they confirmed she lost the baby with a blood test.
The fitness guru must have told his fiancé over the phone that they had lost their unborn baby, before flying off to support himself emotionally.
Brian admitted he struggled to come to terms with the tragic news at first and booked Danielle on an appointment with a leading gynecologist in the country, where they were told she had definitely lost the baby with a to scan.
Due Date: Danielle said on announcing the news of her baby, “We’re 15 weeks away now… We’re due May 14th. But they said normally with your first baby it can be early ‘
The couple revealed that they tried to be strong for each other after being completely shocked by the loss of the pregnancy.
Brian said, “We were making plans and selecting baby names. I even avoided taking concerts abroad around the scheduled date. As far as we were concerned, we were out of danger.
Danielle explained that “anything” can trigger the feelings she first felt when she heard the news, but the couple insist they haven’t given up hope of having one. child.
Their second egg implantation didn’t take, but they still have the option of two more rounds of IVF, which Brian admitted he feels confident about.
Danielle previously, they would “know” when they had tried long enough, and also considered surrogate and adoption as other options for the future.
The couple first opened up about their fertility issues in a candid and emotional interview with earlier this year.
Talk to OK! magazine, Brian admitted that while they had “had fun trying”, they were considering other options.
Danielle added: “Absolutely [we would consider IVF]. We even talked about adoption, we really want kids.
Loving dad: The musician is the father of two daughters, Molly, 18, and Lilly, 16, with ex-wife Kerry Katona, 39
However, it has since emerged that they were already going through the IVF process at the time.
Brian asked his other half over Christmas last year, but admitted that their priority right now is to have a child and marriage can wait.
In addition to focusing on having a baby, Brian previously revealed that they are putting the marriage “on hold” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The singer said all of their plans have been scrapped until they see what happens with the social distancing guidelines.
Wait: The singer previously revealed all of their wedding plans have been scrapped while waiting to see what happens with social distancing guidelines
Speaking to Heat magazine, Brian said, “We have put our plans on hold for now. We’ll just wait and see what happens over the next few months.
Brian has previously revealed that he won’t ask his kids to be bridesmaids as they are “probably sick” from walking down the aisle with their mother Kerry – who has been married three times.
Speaking in January, he joked: “They were bridesmaids for their mother. [Kerry Katona] about five times already, so they’re probably fed up.
“There is only a limited number of times you can be a bridesmaid. They must be thinking, “Not another f ***** g marriage!”
Brian and Kerry were married from 2002 to 2006, with the Irish singer subsequently marrying Vogue Williams in 2012 for four years.
He was also engaged to Australian singer Delta Goodrem, but they ended things in April 2011.
Meanwhile, Kerry married Mark Croft for four years in 2011, before marrying George Kay in 2014 and going their separate ways three years later.
Brian and former Olympic hopeful Danielle went public with their relationship at the end of 2016 after being introduced by a mutual friend.
Cute couple: Brian and Danielle, a former Olympic hopeful, went public with their relationship at the end of 2016 after being introduced by a mutual friend