Alex Reid’s fiancée Nikki Manashe has confirmed she is four weeks pregnant following a seven-year IVF journey.
Sharing a photo of a positive pregnancy test, Nikki, 35, wrote: ‘Even Miracles Take A Little Time. We Still Hope
‘And sometimes against all odds, against all logic, we still hope.
Happy news: Alex Reid’s fiancée Nikki Manashe has confirmed she is four weeks pregnant following a seven-year IVF journey
‘It’s official!! I can finally say it!!! My HCG levels today are 366!!! I was told that a healthy pregnancy should be around 100 and for twins 250 plus!!!
‘I know it’s so early on but how can I not share this when I’ve been blogging my journey with you and who makes up these rules that we can’t embrace pregnancy at 4 weeks and 1 day?
‘So on that note I can’t believe I am writing this, I’m one step closer! The Reid babies will be here by June/July!
‘I hope my Instagram account shows you to never give up on your dreams, to keep fighting for what you want, to believe and trust.’
Mum-to-be: Sharing a photo of a positive pregnancy test, Nikki, 35, wrote: ‘Even Miracles Take A Little Time. We Still Hope’
Possibly twins: She wrote: ‘It’s official!! I can finally say it!!! My HCG levels today are 366!!! I was told that a healthy pregnancy should be around 100 and for twins 250 plus!!’
London-based Nikki and Alex have suffered five miscarriages and have already undergone four IVF cycles in their journey to become parents.
Production of hCG usually starts six days after conception and levels rise rapidly, doubling every two to three days.
Alex shared the same snap with a heartwarming caption: ‘Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.
‘It’s official and I’m proud to say that @ivf_chasing_dreams is pregnant with my babies!!!!
‘Her HCG pregnancy levels today are 366 which is high for one baby so it’s quite possible we are having twins!
‘As she is a IVF blogger every moment has been shared to raise awareness and to give others hope and it has been her wish to announce today after getting off the phone to @hsfc_uk that she is officially 4 weeks and 1 day pregnant!!!!
‘We have many many more hurdles to pass, one hospital visit at a time but today is a good day!
‘She is a high risk pregnancy and extremely vulnerable isolating alone but she is as strong as a lion and we got this! My only prayers is to keep all 3 of you safe. I pray to god that my mum can last and stay alive to hold my new babies.
‘Reid babies coming June/July 2021.’
Last week Alex gave an update on fiancée Nikki’s IVF journey, revealing she’s had two embryos implanted.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, Alex- the ex-husband of glamour model Katie Price – said: ‘We had two embryos put inside the oven. And we are currently until proven otherwise three weeks pregnant’.
It comes after Nikki revealed in September that she was ‘excited and petrified’ when they started IVF again yet needed to self-isolate until she is 28 weeks pregnant.
On not seeing Nikki, Alex went on: ‘I’m also not happy because I don’t get to see Nicola. Because she’s on such powerful IVF drugs and immune-suppressant drugs to kill the immune system…
‘Because we’ve had five miscarriages due to her immune system killing the babies.’
Nikki also writes a blog called www.ivfchasingdreams.com to document her journey and to help and educate others.
She wrote a post called ‘To my embryos’ last week, ‘To the love of my life that I am yet to hold in my arms. My two little embryos, I am so excited to meet you! It’s taken years but finally we can meet!
‘We’ve had two embryos put inside the oven’: Last week Alex gave an update on fiancée Nikki’s IVF journey, revealing she’s had two embryos implanted
Tough time: It comes after Nikki revealed in September that she was ‘excited and petrified’ when they started IVF again yet would need to self-isolate until she was five months pregnant
‘My heart is filled with so much love, excitement and hopeful tears. You are only a bunch of cells, and on Friday I will officially be pregnant until proven otherwise. To me you are my whole world, you are my love, my baby and I am your mother.
‘I want you to know how loved you already are and how many people are routing for you to be born in July. I know, you will ultimately choose what is best for you. I wanted to thank you little embryos for you have taught me how to finally love myself and to love my body. I also feel stronger mentally and physically.
Nikki also poignantly writes: ‘Every single needle, pill, surgery was worth it to have you in my arms’ and says Alex is ‘desperate to be the father he has the divine right to be.’
Earlier this year, the IVF blogger described how she has ‘always wanted a big family’ and the couple were hoping to transfer two of their four embryos which raises the possibility of twins.
Alex said: ‘I’m also not happy because I don’t get to see Nicola. Because she’s on such powerful IVF drugs and immune-suppressant drugs to kill the immune system’
Speaking to MailOnline about her treatment at Harley Street Fertility Clinic, she said: ‘I am excited and petrified which is such an oxymoron but I am.
‘There are no words. I cannot explain it – it is amazing but extremely frightening. I am putting my body through so much and it is so painful – emotionally and physically.’
Nikki, who has a high number of natural killer cells that causes her body to ‘fight pregnancy like an infection’, must undergo intralipid drips to bring down the cells.
Therefore the blogger is forced to self-isolate for five months, up until she is 28 weeks pregnant, due to the immune-suppressing nature of the medication.
Safety: Nikki, who has a high number of natural killer cells that causes her body to ‘fight pregnancy like an infection’, must undergo intralipid drips to bring down the cells
She said: ‘I have to self-isolate on my own I can see friends and family from a distance but I have to wear a visor and a mask – I can’t even go to the supermarket or see Alex.
‘All of the different scans go on until November to prepare my body for becoming a mum and bringing down my natural killer cells – which is what they believed made me miscarry and without them diagnosing that I would miscarry again.
‘It has taken many many years to find a reason why and I pray to God this is why.’
Yet Nikki described how she is trying to ‘keep as numb as possible’ in order to ‘protect’ herself after her previous cycles have resulted in devastating heartbreak.
She said: ‘It is excitement versus reality when it comes to IVF – I am trying to keep as numb as possible. I am trying to protect myself.
‘Every time I have got excited and passed every hurdle and got pregnant we have had the scans and seen the heartbeat and everything has gone perfect and then it doesn’t.
‘I am literally taking tomorrow as it comes because mentally I think I wouldn’t be able to cope.’
And the couple plan to transfer two of their four healthy embryos, following a series of scans, that are ‘ready and waiting’ for them which raises the possibility of twins.
Nikki said: ‘The next huge question is how many embryos to put inside my womb. I think we are going to go with two.
‘There is a huge possibility of twins. That would be amazing. I have always wanted a big family.
She added: ‘I have always said to Alex I would like to use the embryos we have then I would like to adopt as well.’
Candid: Nikki shared a picture on herself on Instagram in February with a cannula in her arm captioned: ‘One step closer baby Reid. I haven’t given up on holding you in my arms’
However Nikki, who has an Instagram page and YouTube channel documenting her IVF journey, also spoke of the hurtful comments she has received on social media.
She said: ‘I don’t understand why someone would go out of their way to spread evil and nastiness to someone who is showing such vulnerability and spreading awareness on such a taboo topic.
‘It hurts, I am human and I am extremely emotional and it is a very sensitive topic.’
Speaking about her IVF journey through lockdown, Nikki said: ‘It has made me age. I am lot more content with being on my own now.’
‘Lockdown has prepared me for this lockdown. I am not scared anymore and sharing my journey on my Instagram is keeping me sane.’
The IVF blogger has coached more than 2000 women privately and helped spread awareness, with diet plans and dealing with the emotional journey that comes with IVF.
Nikki runs the blog, www.ivfchasingdreams.com, and has since started a YouTube channel – IVF Chasing Dreams.
In September 2019, Alex sadly announced he and Nikki lost their fifth child following another round of IVF.
The former Celebrity Big Brother star posted the sad news to Instagram with a poignant quote.
Alex posted a quote which read: ‘I never got to hold you or bounce you on my lap. I never got to read to you or watch you as you nap. You slipped away so quickly before I said your name. And I want the world to know, I loved you just the same.’
How does IVF work?
In-vitro fertilisation, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.
It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally, and a sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and combined in a laboratory before the embryo is inserted into the woman.
Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should continue as normal.
The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or those from donors.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that IVF should be offered on the NHS to women under 43 who have been trying to conceive through regular unprotected sex for two years.
People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures published in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.
The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are about 29 per cent, with the chance of a successful cycle reducing as they age.
Around eight million babies are thought to have been born due to IVF since the first ever case, British woman Louise Brown, was born in 1978.
Chances of success
The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the cause of the infertility (if it’s known).
Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.
IVF isn’t usually recommended for women over the age of 42 because the chances of a successful pregnancy are thought to be too low.
Between 2014 and 2016 the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:
29 per cent for women under 35
23 per cent for women aged 35 to 37
15 per cent for women aged 38 to 39
9 per cent for women aged 40 to 42
3 per cent for women aged 43 to 44
2 per cent for women aged over 44