Kym Valen­tine: “We never thought in a mil­lion years that we’d have an­other baby”

AF­TER NINE YEARS AS A SIN­GLE MUM, KYM VALEN­TINE FEELS SO GRATE­FUL TO BE ABLE TO GIVE HER DAUGH­TER MILLANA, 13, A BABY BROTHER AND GRANT HER WISH OF BE­ING A BIG SIS­TER. BEST KNOWN FOR HER ROLE AS LIBBY KENNEDY IN NEIGH­BOURS, THE 39-YEAR-OLD AC­TRESS AND HER

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The for­mer Neigh­bours star opens up about adding to her fam­ily

TEST­ING times Trent and I had been try­ing to con­ceive for a few months, and one day I was just so grumpy – I just thought I was hangry! We were in be­tween mov­ing house and I was clean­ing up when I got this dizzy spell. Later on, when we were in the car, I asked Trent to stop in at the chemist so I could buy a test. It came back pos­i­tive!

It had taken us four months to get preg­nant, and we are so lucky that at my age it hap­pened so quickly. At 38, I thought it might be an uphill bat­tle, and I know so many of my friends are do­ing IVF at this age. Trent was very keen to add to the fam­ily. In fact, I think he would have me preg­nant for the rest of my child­bear­ing years if he could have his way! BUMP watch I loved be­ing preg­nant. I had no dra­mas, re­ally. I didn’t get the morn­ing sick­ness I got with Millana, and I def­i­nitely felt like I was hav­ing Trent’s son from early on be­cause I craved so much pro­tein – I couldn’t get enough ham and ba­con! Now when I look at Phoenix’s juicy legs I say they are full of pro­tein – all of the pro­tein I ate while I was preg­nant!

One down­side was that be­cause I had a blood clot on my lung years ago, Trent had to in­ject me with blood thin­ners ev­ery day, which wasn’t great be­cause I have a nee­dle pho­bia. Plus, there’s just some­thing so un­nat­u­ral about get­ting in­jec­tions in your grow­ing belly. IT’S A boy! Be­cause of my age, we had a lot of tests to make sure Phoenix was as healthy as pos­si­ble, and we chose to find out what we were hav­ing pretty early on in the piece. When the doc­tor called and said there was no risk of any com­pli­ca­tions, tears just fell out of my face – I was so happy! It was then that she told us both on loud­speaker that we were hav­ing a boy. We screamed with ex­cite­ment; Trent has two girls and I have my girl, so we were not-so-se­cretly hop­ing for a boy. It was amaz­ing to first of all fall preg­nant, then to pass all of the tests and have no risks – it was such a bless­ing. We feel so lucky! DE­LIV­ERY day Labour was awe­some! I know that’s a very odd thing to say. Of course it’s re­ally hard, but the more you try to re­lax and let your body get through it, the eas­ier it will be.

We chose to find out what we were hav­ing pretty early on.

KYM WEARS No­body ‘Luxe’ rib tee, $89, and ‘Cult’ su­per skinny an­kle jeans, $199 PHOENIX WEARS Sapling Child ‘Pa­per Planes’ graphic tee, $24.95, and bloomers, $12.95

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