"So early in the pregnancy, our baby was diagnosed with a Single Artery Umbilical Cord which is more common than I thought. In fact, 1 in 100 pregnancies have a single artery cord. The main concern being that the baby is small to develop."
Irena said that he baby bump is much smaller than what is expected for her stage of pregnancy.
"Our baby and my bump is smaller than what is expected for how far along I am and I didn’t want to be compared to other women around the same gestation as me," she said.
"Being pregnant isn’t easy, we compare our bump, our pregnancy, our baby and our experience to those around us. I just wanted to put it out there that it’s OK if your experience is different to those of your friends, colleagues, relatives, people in media or whoever. It’s your experience and it’s special…it’s a miracle.
"Thank you to everyone who has shared their story with me, I have read them all and find so much strength from them."
Irena and Locky announced that they are expecting their first child together, in late September 2023, six months on from their dream wedding.
The couple took to their Instagram accounts to share the happy news, much to the delight of their shared hundreds of thousands of fans.
"2023 has been a year of surprises, and now Locky and I are thrilled to share the biggest surprise of our lives - anticipating a new member in our family ♥️," Irena and Locky wrote.
"As we revel in our happiness, we're deeply sensitive to those who face the trials of infertility or have suffered loss. Having navigated the rollercoaster of emotions ourselves, we extend our hands and hearts to those on a similar path," she added.
"In the midst of life's storms, may you find your rainbow soon 🌈. Due early 2024 🍼."
The accompanying video saw the newlyweds in white, the wind in their hair as they kissed and cuddled on a beach, with a piano cover of Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses playing in the background.
After declaring their love for one another in 2020 on season eight of The Bachelor Australia, the couple have shared several exciting relationship milestones with one another.
From countless adventures to settling down in Western Australia, adopting a fur baby, and getting engaged and then married - they've well and truly started a life together.
But not everything has been smooth sailing, the expecting parents opening up about the struggles they faced on their pregnancy journey earlier this year.
Speaking with our sister publication WHO in 2020, Irena shared the heartbreaking news that she and Locky had previously suffered from a miscarriage.
"But Locky was my absolute rock and having his support made me love him even more," she revealed candidly.
The couple then made public that they had experienced another miscarriage in July 2023.
"We've been trying to get pregnant and try to start a family and were absolutely over the moon when we found out we were pregnant last month," Irena revealed to 7Life.
“Unfortunately, a week later we suffered a miscarriage, and... it was emotional, hard and obviously heartbreaking."
“It all happened so quickly, which at the time was terrible, but I’m kind of glad it happened quickly,” she continued,
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