Strictly couple Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec expecting first child

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    Strictly Come Dancing couple Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec have announced they are expecting their first child.

    The couple, who have both left the BBC show as pro dancers, are set to welcome their little one in late summer.

    Janette, 39, and Aljaz, 33, who got married in 2017, had been planning on starting IVF treatment after struggling to conceive naturally.

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    But the couple discovered they had fallen pregnant and Janette has said she was "overwhelmed with emotion" at the 12-week scan when the doctor joked the baby is "already dancing".

    The former Strictly pros explained to Hello! magazine that they hadn't been using contraception for the past few years but had no luck.

    Janette said: "We thought IVF was the next best thing for us to do.

    "I turn 40 later this year and the NHS offers really good services to women under 40."

    The duo had been scheduled to start treatment as soon as Janette started her period, but it never ended up coming.

    Janette said: "I know that IVF can be really strenuous on a woman’s body and there is no guarantee it will work, so to know that this little miracle just came from a wonderful night we had together is amazing."

    The dancer quit as a pro on Strictly two years ago so that she and Aljaz could try for a baby, but she didn't stray far from the franchise as she landed the hosting role on It Takes Two.

    She has also been presenting the Strictly live tour, and has secretly been pregnant during her hosting duties since January.

    Aljaz then stepped down as a pro the following year.

    The loved-up couple have been flooded with well wishes from their pals and fans since they shared the news.

    Fellow Strictly star Giovanni Pernice wrote: "Congrats."

    While her former celebrity dance partner Dr Ranj said: "The best news!"

    Strictly pro Dianne Buswell said: "Yay so excited for you."

    Judge Shirley Ballas shared her congratulations too, as did pro Gorka Marquez, who will soon become a father for the second time with his partner Gemma Atkinson.


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