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My pregnancy miracle - Silverton

TV newsreader Kate Silverton has told how becoming pregnant for a second time against all expectations is "beyond a miracle".

The BBC presenter, 43, has struggled for years with fertility problems, undergoing IVF a number of times, but has now managed to conceive naturally for a second time and is two months away from giving birth.

Silverton tells the new issue of Hello! magazine: "To be blessed with baby number two seems beyond a miracle.

"It seems it's also beyond the doctors' understanding, too. It's simply amazing and we are so excited."

She and her husband Mike Heron have had years of setbacks in their efforts to have children and were both amazed when she became pregnant with their first child Clemency naturally after the unsuccessful IVF cycles.

"I have felt such utter joy in motherhood that I just wanted the chance to do it all over again.

"Despite my limited chances, I thought it was worth trying again. I just wanted to have one more try naturally and see what happened."

It has not been straightforward and she has had two miscarriages after Clemency's birth which led to her waiting in this pregnancy before going public.

Silverton hopes she will be able to provide support for others who have difficulty conceiving in the future.

"I think it helps for women and their partners to be able to talk openly about what they are going through and to know they're not alone, and that even with the tough times there can always be hope," she said.

"Mike and I struggled to have children for the last seven years. Now it feels as if we're coming to the fruition of a long but lovely journey. I would love to know that there are others out there who are able to do the same."

:: The full interview is in the new edition of Hello! which is out now.

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