After Marnie Simpson exclusively revealed to OK! magazine that she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Casey Johnson, fans have been counting down the days until she gives birth in October.
It has been an eventful first pregnancy for the Geordie Shore star as she's opened up about fertility struggles and her pregnancy insecurities.
We take a look through 27 year old Marnie’s pregnancy timeline as she prepares to welcome her first child in nine weeks time.
When did Marnie Simpson announce her pregnancy?
The Geordie Shore star confirmed she was expecting her first child with Casey Johnson, 24, as she showed off her blossoming bump in a series of stunning photos with OK! magazine.
In her baby blog with OK! online, Marnie said she kept her pregnancy a secret from all her friends and family until it was revealed.
She added: “My phone went a bit crazy on the day of the big reveal, but it was so worth it because everyone’s reaction was just epic.
“I told my family like my mum and Casey’s family, but I didn’t tell any of my friends or anything like that so it was a total surprise.”
Days after announcing the happy news, Marnie shared a photo of an ultrasound scan on her Instagram Story and said in the caption: “See you in October baby, can’t wait to meet you.”
Marnie’s boyfriend Casey, who was thrust into the spotlight when he appeared on The X Factor as part of the boy band Stero Kicks in 2014, said he’s “excited about the news” and added: “I don’t think you’re ever ready until it happens. It feels amazing.”
Everything we know about Marnie and Casey’s baby so far
The mum-to-be is expected to give birth in October. And, in May the couple held a glamorous gender reveal party where celebrity friends including Lauren Goodger and fellow Geordie Shore cast mates were present to find out if Marnie and Casey are having a girl or boy.
After discovering they were expecting a baby boy at the gold-and-white themed party, Marnie said: “I was genuinely so shocked.”
“I just screamed and said: 'Oh my God, it’s a boy! I didn’t think I would produce a boy.'”
Since finding out her baby’s sex, Marnie has also revealed she and Casey have chosen her name for her unborn baby.
Updating her fans on Instagram, the pregnant reality star said: “Feeling very excited right now because me and @CaseyCodyJ finally agreed on a name for our baby boy and we absolutely LOVE it.”
Marnie’s fertility fears
The reality star admitted she wasn’t sure she was able to have children and said: “Because I’d done Geordie Shore I’d convinced myself that I couldn’t have kids because of all the alcohol abuse.”
Marnie later revealed she never used contraception before falling pregnant. She explained to her Instagram followers: “It was totally unplanned. I generally thought I would have children in my 30s, it was a massive shock but I think it was fate. I just turned 27 and I think it was meant to be and now I'm so, so, so happy.
“I’ve never used contraception as I find it never agreed with me, I was always careful and was very aware of my cycle then it just happened randomly.
"I'm a firm believer of everything happens for a reason and I think it was meant to happen.”
Marnie’s pregnancy body insecurities
Since announcing her pregnancy, Marnie has been incredibly honest about her her confidence issues surrounding her pregnancy body.
She’s taken a number of gorgeous snaps of herself with her ever-growing baby bump and has insisted she can still be sexy when pregnant.
Sharing a photo of herself wearing a bleach blonde wig and one-shoulder black swimsuit on Instagram in June, the Geordie beauty said in the caption: “Just because I’m pregnant doesn’t mean I can’t be sexy – and I finally have a tan yeyyyyy!”
However, later that month, the star bravely opened up about her pregnancy body insecurities .
Posing in a bikini while on holiday with her boyfriend Casey, Marnie told her followers: “My belly button has went really weird. @caseycodyj keeps saying it looks like a vagina.
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“I’m weirdly insecure about it and now and feel like I’m walking round with a vagina as a belly button.”
In August the star revealed her “upset” over her getting stretch marks . She said: “I was just getting really upset because I have got a few stretch marks which are new, and then Casey decides to tell me McDonalds have dropped a new nugget."
“It’s not really the best thing to tell us when I’m feeling like this.”
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