An emotional Fifi Box has opened up about her “very private” and years-long IVF battle after being given just a seven per cent chance of getting pregnant.
Box, who revealed she was expecting a second child via an anonymous sperm donor over the weekend, fought back tears as she discussed her pregnancy on Tuesday night’s episode of The Project.
“Thank you guys, I’m getting really emotional,” Box said after the rest of the panel congratulated her.
“This is really exciting news for me and (daughter) Trixie obviously, our little family. It’s just so good to be able to talk about it because it’s been a really private journey.”
Box, 41, recounted how she had decided to try and have another child nearly three years ago but had been given “a very rude shock” when she found out her chances of conceiving.
“I made the decision that the right path for me and my little family was to go through IVF with the help of a donor,” she said.
“So I went to the clinic, I think most women in their late 30s would know that when you walk in to see an IVF specialist and you’re shown the graph, that gives you a very rude shock about your chances.
“From then on it was a case of fingers crossed, and I had my eggs retrieved and all of this is happening.
“(But) you don’t share it necessarily because you don’t know if you’re going to have any success.
“I was given a seven per cent chance of having a baby, so it’s still a bit of a shock for me, it’s still sinking in but we’re just really thrilled.”
Box, who is frequently targeted by the tabloids with false stories about her personal life, joked that for once the stories about her being pregnant were true.
“Well I thought I’d time it because they’d gone quiet for a few months and I went. ‘I’ll sneak it in now, let’s do it while they’re not watching!”’ Box said.
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We’re having a baby!! Yes Trixie and I are over the moon/jumping out of our skin/can’t stop smiling/floating on air/dancing in the streets/walking on sunshine and every other metephor that conveys absolute pure joy 😍 How did this happen you might ask? Well, a few years ago I made an appointment to see an IVF specialist, the amazing Dr Sameer Jatkar at Monash IVF, and I began an IVF journey to extend our little family. After a series of egg retrievals and freezing, last year I started the process to become pregnant via an anonymous donor. I am still pinching myself that I have been this blessed and that this little miracle is growing within me, a much wanted and longed for sibling for a very excited big sister! I know the value of this miracle because I have seen first hand the heartbreak, tears and sacrifices so many women and couples suffer on their IVF journeys and my heart goes out to those who are facing that pain and struggle. It is not lost on me that I am one of the lucky ones. Being a mum is my greatest joy in life, it is quite simply everything to me. Trixie has brought me more happiness and love than I ever imagined possible and to feel my heart expanding to include this little angel kicking and rollicking within me, I am overwhelmed with how much love and happiness the future holds. I will cherish Trixie and this little angel forever, and hold them so close for the rest of our lives 💕💕💕 #family
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Box broke the news she was pregnant by sharing a cute Instagram video of her telling five-year-old Trixie she was expecting.
After years of mystery in 2016 Box confirmed former Ironman Grant Kenny was the father of Trixie in an Instagram post.
The pair had enjoyed a brief romance in 2012 and are said to be on good terms.