Julia Bradbury expecting twins
Julia Bradbury has revealed she is pregnant with twins at the age of 44 following five rounds of IVF treatment.
Julia Bradbury is pregnant with twins.
The 44-year-old presenter announced her second pregnancy in September, and has now revealed her three-year-old son Zephyrus will be joined by twin siblings.
She said: "Starting later in life having children, I didn't ever think I'd have a big family. Zeph was the unexpected miracle and I was thrilled and happy to have him.
"It's taken a long time to get to this stage so the prospect of going from one to three is utterly amazing."
However, the former 'Countryfile' host - who is expecting the babies with her partner Gerard Cunningham - is feeling anxious due to her age and because she suffered from pre-eclampsia towards the end of her first pregnancy.
She explained: "We've got to be ultra, ultra careful, really cautious and try to stay as healthy, calm and comfortable as possible."
Julia - who will return to television in January with ITV's 'Wonder of Britain' - now says she feels relieved to be pregnant after five rounds of IVF treatment.
She said: "It's punishing on the body - five rounds of general anaesthetic, months of pumping yourself full of hormonal drugs - and emotionally, too, because you can go through failure after failure as well as moments of hope - 'Is this one going to work?' - then it's a blow when it doesn't.
"I felt physically tired from everything. When we phoned to get the [pregnancy] results, I just burst into tears because you always question whether your body is going to say no, so it was a complete relief."
Despite the troubles she had in conceiving her children, the former 'Watchdog' co-host is glad the twins are arriving now as she thinks being older makes her a better mother.
Talking to the new issue of HELLO! magazine, she said: "I feel more able to be a good parent now than I would have been a decade ago. There's no question. I wasn't ready emotionally and I don't think that I would have been as capable a mother."