'My world': Zoe Hardman shares sweet first snap of her baby girl... weeks after welcoming first child with partner Paul Doran-Jones
Zoe Hardman has given fans a teasing glimpse at her baby daughter, little more than a month after welcoming her first child with partner Paul Doran-Jones.
The TV presenter, 33, shared a snap of her new born girl across social media on Wednesday afternoon while dining out with her family in rural Gloucester.
Zoe is seen gazing down at her daughter, whose face is turned away from the camera while rugby player boyfriend Paul protectively cradles her in his arms.
Captioning the shot, she wrote: 'My world.'
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My world: Zoe Hardman has given fans a teasing glimpse at her baby daughter, little more than a month after welcoming her first child with partner Paul Doran-Jones
The snap gives fans of the presenter a first look at her daughter, weeks after she announced the birth on Twitter and Instagram.
Zoe shared the good news in September alongside a black-and-white shot of the baby's hand.
'On Monday evening our beautiful little girl arrived into the world,' she wrote. 'Now I know what perfection is. We love u so much L.'
Bundle of joy: Zoe Hardman announced the birth of her daughter with a sweet post on Friday
Zoe seemed to be enjoying the final few weeks of her pregnancy as she showcased her beautiful baby bump in a white bikini for a new Instagram post last month.
She looked incredible as she snapped a selfie while enjoying an early morning swim at her gym.
Revealing her excitement at impending motherhood, the fitness-conscious star admitted swimming was the only exercised she could partake in during the latter stages of her pregnancy.
Before the arrival: Zoe Hardman seemed to be enjoying the final few weeks of her pregnancy as she showcased her beautiful baby bump in a white bikini for an Instagram post last month
Alongside the snap, Zoe wrote: 'Not long to go now and for the next five weeks it's all about swimming! Bump is getting much bigger & I've had to stop doing weights and cardio as I've got no lungs left.
'The water is the only time I feel totally weightless and comfy, it's actually heaven! If you're struggling, get in the pool...it will keep you toned and feel amazing on your body #35weekspregnant.' (sic)
In August, Zoe bravely told of her fears that she would be unable to fall pregnant after her sister went through early menopause at the age of just 34.
Appearing on This Morning alongside her older sibling Kathryn, emotional Zoe discussed her journey and undergoing IVF treatment, describing discovering she had a low egg count as a 'ticking time bomb'.
Emotional: The TV presenter, 33, urged women to consider having their eggs frozen in their 20s as she discussed her own fertility struggles during a TV appearance in August
Talking to presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, the Heart FM host said: 'I have a very low AMH rate, which is anti-mullerian hormone, one of the markers for low ovarian reserves. So basically I don’t have many eggs left.'
Describing her thoughts after learning of her chances of conceiving, Zoe said: 'It felt like a ticking time bomb to me.'
'I said, "What do I do?" It felt like a ticking time bomb, and I tried to go for an egg freeze. He [Paul] kept very calm. He said we’ll deal with it together.'
IVF wasn't straightforward for Zoe, with the TV presenter explaining her struggle with the gruelling process.
Bumping along: The TV personality has just welcomed her first child with rugby player beau Paul Doran-Jones, 31
Struggles: Zoe worried she would be unable to fall pregnant after her sister (pictured) went through early menopause at the age of just 34
She said: 'I had to spend 12 days injecting my stomach. In the end they didn’t even harvest them.'
Despite Zoe's low ovarian count, she and her partner Paul learnt that they were to become parents at the end of 2015.
Though her happy moment came at a difficult time for her sister Kathryn, who discovered she had gone into the premature menopause at the age of just 34.
Having been on the pill for such a long-time, Kathryn explained that she didn't realise that she had POI (Primary Ovarian Insufficiency) - and it was only recently that she discovered she had the condition.
Supportive: Zoe appeared on Wednesday's This Morning alongside her older sibling Kathryn to chat to hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford
Hot mama: Zoe discussed her journey and undergoing IVF treatment, describing discovering she had a low egg count as a 'ticking time bomb'
Happy couple: Zoe explained her partner of one year, Paul, was hugely supportive when she discussed her condition with him
Kathryn explained: 'I remember it started when I came over all dizzy and lightheaded. I'd been away abroad, so when I came back I thought I was suffering from malaria.'
But after confiding in Zoe, who told her it sounded like the menopause, Kathryn was diagnosed with POI, a condition which their grandmother had also suffered from.
Zoe explained they discovered the condition ran in their family, saying: 'Our grandma had it [the menopause] quite early on. She was in her forties when she got the menopause.'
Happy ending: IVF wasn't straightforward for Zoe, with the TV presenter explaining her struggle with the gruelling process before eventually falling pregnant in late 2015
Tough time: Zoe's happy moment came at a difficult time for her sister Kathryn, who discovered she had gone into the premature menopause at the age of just 34
Unexpected: Kathryn said her 'whole world fell apart' when she was told she was going through premature menopause
Kathryn said of the devastating diagnosis: 'They thought it was initially malaria. I went to my GP who was amazing. But then she said I think it could be the menopause. I told them all about my mum.
'My whole world fell apart. I sat in the consultant’s office and just burst into tears. There was a bit of hope that it wasn’t.
'It has been one of the toughest years of my life but I couldn't be more thrilled Zoe is expecting a baby.'
Happy family: Zoe with Paul and his adorable daughter Isla, three, from a previous relationship outside the ITV studios after her TV appearance
Both sisters were unaware of the condition before Kathryn's diagnosis, and they were at pains to share their own fertility experiences with the public to raise awareness when it comes to POI.
According to The Daisy Network, an organisation set up to provide information on the condition, the Premature Menopause is a condition that mirrors the menopause, but occurs much earlier in women - aged 20-45.
With POI the ovaries often don’t completely fail, meaning that there could still be a chance to conceive.
Approximately one in every 100 women under the age of 40, one in 1,000 women under 30 and one in 10,000 under 20 experience POI.
Bumping along nicely: Throughout her pregnancy, she shared snapshots of her baby bump
WHAT IS PREMATURE MENOPAUSE?
- Premature Menopause is a condition that mirrors the menopause, but occurs much earlier in women - aged 20-45
- With POI the ovaries often don’t completely fail, meaning that there could still be a chance to conceive
- Unlike the menopause, POI can cause fluctuations in the ovarian function over time, occasionally resulting in a period, ovulation or even pregnancy, several years after diagnosis
- Because of this intermittent temporary return of ovarian function, approximately 5-10% of women with POI may still conceive.
- Approximately one in every 100 women under the age of 40, one in 1,000 women under 30 and one in 10,000 under 20 experience POI
- Most women go through the menopause at the age of around 45 to 55
Zoe and Paul have been dating for just over a year.
Speaking to HELLO! magazine about her pregnancy, she previously said: 'I'm watching my body change daily, which is weird and wonderful. I've never felt more beautiful, actually.
'I'm not thinking about the birth, I'm not thinking about getting the nursery ready, I'm literally just thinking, "Today is such a magical day.'"
'It's everything I could have hoped for times about ten.'
Zoe explained that being around his child inspired them to start their own family.
The rugby union star has a three-year-old daughter, Isla, from a previous relationship, and she has a great relationship with Zoe.
What a cutie: Zoe previously explained that being around his daughter Isla inspired the couple to start their own family
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