Denise Zimba on her struggles to conceive: 'It's been a tough journey'

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Denise Zimba. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Denise Zimba. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

South African actress Denise Zimba recently announced her pregnancy, and that she first had to get treatment for endometriosis – an often-painful condition in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, the endometrium, grows outside of it. The presenter shared her difficult story on Instagram.

“Only 1% possibility to conceive, even after treatment for some time. I was shocked and felt less of a woman.  I was not eager to fall pregnant, but it has always been important to me to have a family one day. I thought WOW! ... I didn’t realize that falling pregnant can be quite a difficult and physically painful experience,” she wrote.

She went on to say that it “became clear” she needed to take a break from work to focus on her family. “I have a beautiful relationship with an exceptional man, who I had to give up a few things – for the meantime – to nourish the partnership and protect the process. For once I was truly happy just being, no set life, no hustle, no need to be relevant, and knowing that I am truly blessed to have a partner who could support that,” she added.

Yet despite the odds, the 30-year-old conceived – and she couldn’t be happier. “On my 30th Birthday, I found out I was pregnant! My baby decided that anything is possible, even while my body was under construction. My human made its way through all odds and was that 1% POSSIBILITY. I couldn’t believe it.

She said it’s been a “tough journey thus far” and that it isn’t easy being pregnant. “It has definitely changed me. I am scared to be a mom, and I guess one is never ready for the changes and challenges. But I vow to kick ass, and raise an authentic, brave and kind human. Here’s to struggle and triumph.”

And after almost eight months of carrying her precious gift, the former Generations actress is almost due. She posted a sexy pregnancy pic on Twitter, with her belly looking perfectly round in a cute pink bathing suit and captioned it, “Getting Ready . . .”

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