The Queen actress, Sibusisiwe Jili - who plays Georgina on the popular soapie - recently had a stunning pregnancy shoot ahead of the expected birth of her second child.
“The idea of the shoot was based around two births: my own as a queen/lioness finally coming out of my shell and embracing my path; and the cub that gave light to the path,” she says.
Speaking to TRUELOVE, Sibusisiwe revealed that she lost her first child through a still birth and was told that she would not be able to bear children due to the complications that came with having a small womb.
But because of her strong faith and the will to carry her own children, the actress is pregnant once again and is the happiest she’s ever been.
She tells us all about her pregnancy journey.
Keeping the faith after a devastating diagnosis
Sibusisiwe says that she was diagnosed with IUGR (intrauterine growth retardation) and Oligohydramnios. "The umbilical cord stops sending oxygen & food to the baby, the baby stops growing after 5 months and I lose amniotic fluid. All of this could not be picked up until I was closely monitored,” she says.
“After being told I can never bear children after my first born’s stillbirth due to having a small womb, I said a prayer. Onke (her son who's now 5 years old) - although premature due to this ‘theory’ - is by far living proof of the true power of my belief. Now, my baby on the way has broken all barriers and is still fighting for womb time at my new record of 32 weeks.”
As would be the case for anyone, losing her first child was not an easy journey for Sibusisiwe.
"I prayed with the belief that everything happens for a reason and I can get through this. I went for counselling, wrote a lot about my feelings and cried a lot. It took letting go of all of who I thought I was, which was a long journey on its own. Feeling the pain, letting it go and acknowledging the message she carried has made me appreciate her presence in my heart,” Sibusisiwe says.
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Looking forward to a new member in her family
Her current pregnancy has brought on a range of different feelings which all speak to a sense of unspeakable joy.
“The journey of my [current] pregnancy has been all sorts of exciting, from the frustration of finding out about the pregnancy, to the breathless joy in my partner’s voice when I called to share the news," she tells us.
"Walking the journey at work and seeing how happy everyone who knew at the time was for me [was incredible]. The Ferguson family has shown me nothing but love," she says excitedly before revealing what she looks forward to the most about being a mother.
“I won’t lie, it’s their helpless little bodies in my arms, depending on me to keep them safe. From feeling a new life growing inside me to helping them experience life.”
Advice to women facing complications
She says that women who may be experiencing issues with fertility should never lose their faith.
"We’re not designed the same and we are all here to experience our own personal journeys; everything we go through is designed to either build or break us down in order to rebuild. Never lose your faith when an obstacle is presented in your life for that obstacle is the beginning of your growth. Walk your path and go through the emotions - the evolution of your soul is the gift at the end.”
Here are some pictures from Sibusiswe’s stunning pregnancy photoshoot: