Playboy model Hope Smith has revealed that she is expecting identical twin girls via surrogate after opening up about her struggle to grow her family while battling an autoimmune disease.
The 34-year-old MUTHA skincare founder shared her incredible news over the weekend, writing four lengthy Instagram posts about why and she and her billionaire husband, Vista Equity Partners founder, chairman, and CEO Robert Smith, turned to IVF and surrogacy to grow their family after she battled an autoimmune disease.
Hope, who has sons Hendrix, four, and Legend, three, posted a photo of her stunned children holding up pink tutus to happily announce that she and Robert, 56, are expecting not one but two babies this January.
‘Miracles happen everyday [sic] and sometimes when you wish for one miracle, you get two. IDENTICAL TWIN GIRLS coming January 2020,’ she wrote.
Another snapshot from the heartwarming announcement shows Hendrix and Legend wearing pink and white striped pajamas while holding up a sign that says ‘Girls: 0 Boys: 2 Tie Coming Soon January 2020.’
In the first post she wrote on Saturday, Hope admitted that if felt like she has ‘been keeping a really big secret’ from her 243,000 Instagram followers.
She recalled how she had two pregnancies without using IVF. It took her 18 months to get pregnant with Hendrix, while she and Robert conceived Legend a month after they stopped using birth control.
‘Hendrix was only 7 months old when we found out we were pregnant with Legend,’ she wrote, noting that she had two home births and went on to become a doula.
‘So why did I do IVF? It’s not that I couldn’t get pregnant. I think I actually likely would have. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2018,’ she explained.
Hope recalled feeling ‘extremely tired’ and suffering from a ‘brain fog that wouldn’t go away. She assumed she was just tired from being a new mom to two young boys, who were both under two at the time.
The model said that suffering from an autoimmune issue and being a new mom left her ‘mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted.’
After seeing doctors at John Hopkins for over a year, a physician from Mass General called her to say that he believed an infusion would put her autoimmune disease into remission.
‘The side effects of this infusion is that you can not and should not attempt to carry a pregnancy because of serious birth defects and death,’ she explained. ‘In March of 2018 I went for my first infusion of a drug that would deplete my B cells and keep my body from attacking myself but also keep me from carrying a third pregnancy.
‘I knew I had to be healthy for my boys and so I turned off the part of me that wanted a third baby’s and instead chose to treat the AI.’
Hope said her husband was nothing but supportive during what she called ‘the second scariest’ moment of her life.
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Source: Daily Mail