Real Housewives of Melbourne star Jackie Gillies has announced she’s expecting twins with her rocker husband Ben Gillies.
The 40-year-old reality star, who underwent seven rounds of IVF over the course of two years, announced the happy news on her Instagram page on Sunday.
Alongside a picture cradling her four-month bump, Jackie wrote: ‘I’m having TWINS! It has been a bumpy IVF journey but all worth it. Thank YOU for your support XOXO!’
Baby joy! Real Housewives of Melbourne star Jackie Gillies, 40, (pictured) has announced she’s expecting twins with her husband Ben Gillies
Jackie also spoke to The Herald Sun about her ‘rollercoaster’ journey with IVF, where she said: ‘I’ve gone through over seven rounds of IVF, egg retrieval and transfers.
‘A lot of ups and downs and it’s been emotionally challenging but to get to where we’ve got to has been so rewarding. You’ve got to keep pushing forward and having faith.’
She added that former Silverchair drummer Ben, who she married in 2010, is ecstatic with the news – but while the happy couple know the gender already, they want to keep the news private for now.
Jackie admitted her faith has been ‘completely and utterly tested’ after trying to get pregnant seven months after appearing on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2018.
Daddy cool: She added that former Silverchair drummer Ben is ecstatic with the news – and while the happy couple know the gender already, they’re going to keep it private for now
However, she went on to say that she ‘knew deep in my soul that it would happen,’ and even said her late grandmother visited her in a dream and confirmed she would have twins.
In August 2020, Jackie went into hospital to have her eggs retrieved, and shared an inspiring message for other women who might also be having fertility issues.
‘This is what pre-egg retrieval looks like. IVF. Ladies, you got this, for anyone out there going through IVF!’ she wrote.
Her post came months after Jackie confirmed to Stellar magazine that she had quit The Real Housewives of Melbourne to focus on starting a family with Ben in February 2020.
‘Ladies, you got this’: Jackie Gillies spoke about her heartbreaking IVF journey in August. Pictured before a procedure to retrieve her eggs
At the time, she revealed that she was on her fourth round of IVF, but had kept her treatments under wraps because she was worried about being judged.
She decided to share her experience because she wanted to be more ‘honest’ with herself and possibly help other women going through the same thing.
She explained that her time in the South African jungle on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2018 had made her realise she wanted to be a mother.
‘Do I know I’m definitely going to have children? From the depths of my heart, yes. But what I haven’t been prepared for is the way it was going to come,’ she said.
Family plans: In February, Jackie told Stellar magazine that she had quit The Real Housewives of Melbourne to focus on starting a family with Ben