Despite illness and a serious car accident, former My Kitchen Rules finalist Lauren Finelli has a bun in the oven! ‘This is the one good thing that’s happened since the show,’ says the excited mum-to-be, proudly breaking her pregnancy news with husband Carmine. ‘But it’s a really big shock!’
The ultra-competitive couple, who delayed having kids so they could appear on MKR last year, feared they might never have a bub due to Lauren’s ongoing battle with endometriosis. But a car accident following the show turned up the heat and left her with crippling back and neck pain, plus a battle with depression.
‘It’s been one thing after another,’ confides the bubbly 32-year-old, who is now 15 weeks pregnant. ‘I got rear- ended really badly last June, and since the accident, I just haven’t been able to go back to my normal life.
‘I used to be extremely active, exercising every day, dead-lifting 40 kilos. Now the pain is so bad, I struggle to do the shopping on my own or to cope with heavy pots and pans. Some nights I can’t sleep at all with the pain.
‘I lost my confidence and went through a bit of depression. I couldn’t get a job for the first time in my life. It seemed the window of opportunity had been taken away from me.
‘We had decided not to try for a baby because my back was in such bad shape, I didn’t know if I could carry a child. And then this happened!’
Pregnancy was the last thing these MKR ‘villains’ expected – even when Lauren’s period was late.
‘I’ve been all over the place since the car crash, so I didn’t think anything of it,’ she laughs. ‘Then I started getting some stomach pain, but it felt similar to endometriosis.
‘I remember lying in bed one night and saying to Carmine: “There’s something happening inside of me.” But I still didn’t realise what was going on!’
Lauren eventually woke up to the possibility and took a home pregnancy test two weeks before Christmas.
‘I just didn’t believe it at first,’ she says. ‘Carmine was at work, so I was by myself, but I didn’t ring to tell him. I called my specialist and went straight in for a blood test to confirm it.’
Setting up a video camera to film his reaction, Lauren then waited impatiently for 34-year-old Carmine to come home.
‘He was in shock because I’m a bit of a joker,’ she explains. ‘At first, he didn’t know whether to take me seriously or not, but we’re both so happy.
For the full story, see this week’s New Idea – out now.
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