Christine McGuinness opens up about heartbreaking four-year struggle to conceive

Christine McGuinness has penned a new autobiography A Beautiful Nightmare and ahead of the release, the former Real Housewives star told OK! about one of the topics she covers in the memoir – her struggle to conceive children.

Christine, who now shares three children, twins Felicity and Leo, eight, and five-year-old Felicity with husband Patrick McGuiness, spoke about her fertility troubles after her battle with anorexia stopped her periods.

"As soon as we got married, the questions started, “When are you having babies?” and it didn’t happen for years. We didn’t use any contraception for such a long time, around four years. I went to have some check-ups and was told I had polycystic ovaries, so I didn’t ovulate that often. I didn’t have periods for most of my twenties.

"My eating disorder at the time was quite out of control and we were devastated that it didn’t happen for us.

"It was all I ever wanted from being quite young, I knew I wanted to be a mum and I couldn’t wait to have my own little family," she told us.

"Every time someone asked, “Are you going to have a baby soon?” it was heartbreaking."

But this story has a happy ending and Christine told of the magical moment, after four years of trying, she found out she wasn't expecting just one baby, but she was pregnant with twins.

"When I saw that first pregnancy test come up positive and then we found out it was twins, it was just an incredible moment I will never forget," she explained.

"With Felicity, it was three years after having the twins that she came along. We weren’t sure if it would happen again, but thank God it did."

And Christine, who also revealed to OK! she's been diagnosed with autism like her three children, said her struggle to get pregnant makes her "even more grateful" for the family she has now.

The 33-year-old campaigner said: "I remember seeing people walking around shops with prams and babies and thinking, “Will that ever be me?” There were pregnant women everywhere.

"It’s something I would never want to go through again. I found it really emotionally draining. Thank God we got there in the end."

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