Iveta Lukosiute, 39, has shared the “happy” news that she and her husband Jenya Raytses are expecting their second baby. The couple had experienced struggles in their efforts to add to their family after the former Strictly Come Dancing professional suffered two miscarriages. Iveta and Jenya became parents for the first time three years ago when she gave birth to their son named Vidas. The dancer announced her pregnancy in an Instagram post in view of her 12,000 followers yesterday.
She posed for a smiling selfie with her other half while holding up a sonogram picture of their little one.
Iveta captioned the image: “After two years of unsuccessful tries and two consecutive miscarriages, we are happy to share that we are finally expecting a second baby.”
The Ballroom and Latin dancer then added the hashtags: “#pregnant #parents #2ndbaby #alloveragain #happy #family #love.”
Iveta’s former Strictly co-stars flocked to the comments section of her post to share their congratulatory messages.
Ex-pro Kristina Rihanoff, 42, wrote: “Congrats lovely xxx.”
Dancing With The Stars professional Emma Slater also commented: “Congratulations guys!!! So happy for you!”
One of Iveta’s celebrity dance partners from the series Thom Evans, 34, who is now starring on The X Factor: Celebrity, replied: “Amazing news!”
“Aghhhhh!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is AMAZING news,” Strictly pro Janette Manrara, 35, added.
Former Strictly star Kimberley Walsh, 37, responded: “Ah congratulations,” alongside a love heart emoji.
Iveta was a professional dancer on the BBC show from 2012 to 2014.
She decided to leave just before the 2015 series in order to concentrate on her New York dance school.
During her time on the show, Iveta danced with Zoe Ball’s dad Johnny Ball, 81, Mark Benton, 53, and Thom Evans.
Her most successful year was with Mark, who she managed to achieve sixth place with.
Elsewhere, David James, 49, has become the latest contestant to leave Strictly 2019.
The former England goalkeeper lost out to BBC Breakfast host Mike Bushell, 53, in the dance-off last weekend.
Opening up about his exit in an Instagram post which he shared with his 144,000 followers, David wrote: “Thank you @bbcstrictly and especially @nadiyabychkova, you were the best partner and best teacher. You got me to fall in love with dancing, giving me confidence to perform in front of millions, with a smile on my face.
“I felt so bad that I was unable to take you further in the show, I know how much it means to you too. Remember this, I was scared to do things, you had faith and belief in me, I can’t thank you enough. Our journey was beautiful.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.35pm on BBC One.
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