RTÉ's Joanna Donnelly speaks out about suffering several miscarriages after IVF
Weather presenter Joanna Donnelly has opened up for the first time about suffering several miscarriages after undergoing IVF treatment.
The RTÉ broadcaster and her meteorologist husband Harm Luijkx conceived their first child, daughter Nicci, naturally but struggled to have a second.
The couple tried IVF in a bid to grow their family.
"We already had Nicci so we just assumed that we would have another baby," Joanna told RSVP.
"We tried the normal way and it didn’t work, so I went to the gynaecologist and they prescribed Clomid and HGC shots. They said ‘if that doesn’t work then let’s try IUI’.
“You don’t just go from A-Z, you go through the B,C,D beforehand.”
Sadly the couple were able to conceive but suffered several miscarriages.
"I kept falling pregnant but then I would lose the baby at various stages, mostly very early in the pregnancy," she said.
They eventually welcomed a son, Tobias, via IVF. They then conceived a third baby naturally.
Joanna admitted that she was anxious about having another miscarriage
“When I got pregnant with Casper I kind of expected to lose the pregnancy.
"I kept waiting to miscarry and when I didn’t, that was wonderful.”
Images via Joanna Donnelly/ Twitter.