Rugby league star Benji Marshall and his media personality wife Zoe have announced they are expecting their first child together.
In an interview with Woman’s Day, the couple said after four years of marriage, they were more than ready to start a family together.
“I’ve always believed that I was put on this earth to have a family. I have been waiting for a long time – I have wanted to be a dad forever,” the NRL star told the magazine.
However, the last couple of years have been plagued with Zoe’s health struggles, with the 33-year-old being open and transparent about her battle with stage four endometriosis, the toll it’s taken on her body and the potential for her to fall pregnant.
“We always knew we wanted a baby, so living with that uncertainty was tough. It was always in the back of my mind,” she said.
Writing about her battle with endo on her blog, the radio presenter has detailed how crippling the pain can be.
“Each month the pain differs but today it’s bad,” she wrote in November 2015.
“The pain wakes me during the night. Which means I have to make my way to the kitchen hunched over (its too painful to stand) heat a wheat pack in the microwave, try to stomach half a banana so I can take some prescription pain relief and then clean myself up. I don’t even want to get into the amount of blood lost. It’s a monthly nightmare and then 2 days pass and “poof” just like that I feel human again.”
The couple have said the baby is due in February.
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In March, Mamamia launched endo week, to being much-needed attention and support to women with endometriosis. You can read stories, listen to podcasts, and watch videos about what it’s like to live with endometriosis, here.