Renae Ayris: Former Miss Universe Australia welcomes baby girl

Former Miss Universe Australia Renae Ayris has welcomed a beautiful baby girl with her fitness superstar husband Andrew Papadopoulos, after previously revealing their fertility struggles.

The new mum shared the happy news with her 240,000 followers on Instagram alongside an image of her new bub.

“Our hearts are SO full,” the beauty queen wrote with the first picture of her baby girl.

The baby’s name has been revealed, Harper Lee Papadopoulos, and her birthday was December 17.

The last update fans got from Ayris before her announcement was a video documenting her growing baby bump.

“Actually can’t get over how incredible the female body is… like HOW!?” she wrote, before going radio silent for two days.

The couple didn’t know what gender their baby was before the birth.

The 30-year-old previously shared the agony she and her husband went through in conceiving when she announced her pregnancy.

“This wasn’t a walk in the park for us, although I know it can be a lot tougher for others. Last year after many tests we were diagnosed with ‘unexplained infertility,” she wrote on Instagram at the time.

“Infertility is HARD, a roller coaster full of hope and disappointment … and with it brings so much stigma and isolation…It becomes easy to blame yourself and feel broken.”

Papadopoulos also shared a moving message to those experiencing infertility, expressing his adoration for his “beautiful wife”.

“The immense courage she showed throughout this journey was inspirational,” he wrote. “I personally witnessed Renae’s resolve being tested every day, every month and every time those around her deliver their happy news.

“I could see in her eyes and almost feel the burden that she was carrying on her shoulders.

“I knew she didn’t want to feel the way she did, but the pain was so deep, so immense it couldn’t be contained.”

Infertility affects one in eight couples and they hope by sharing their journey, breaks the “misplaced stigma attached to it” and shows others facing similar issues they are not alone.

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