Astrid Loch Is Pregnant and Expecting First Child with Kevin Wendt After IVF Journey: 'A Dream Come True'
Another Bachelor Nation baby is on the way! Astrid Loch is pregnant and expecting her first child with fiancé Kevin Wendt after undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).
“A dream come true,” Astrid wrote in a Sunday Instagram post, accompanied by a photo of herself and Kevin holding ultrasound pics. “One of the first conversations @kevin.c.wendt and I had was about how we both loved kids and couldn’t wait to have our own. When I think about Kev holding our little angel for the first time my heart flutters. Even in my wildest dreams I couldn’t have imagined how amazing this would all feel.”
The franchise star continued: “To all the couples trying to get pregnant, my heart is with you. We know first hand how hard it can be to see these kinds of posts and feel sad & discouraged. We too struggled with fertility and conceiving naturally – it’s the toughest thing we’ve ever been through and I can’t wait to share more of how we got here. But today is finally about some good news & we hope you can enjoy it with us. #babywendt #ivf #infertility #infertilityawareness.”
In his own post, Kevin expressed his joy at the thought of future fatherhood while wishing Astrid a happy Mother’s Day.
“Happy 1st Mother’s Day to my queen. This is a very big day for us, after a long and tough road to get here. The @thewendtgang is officially growing!!” the handsome firefighter wrote. “Thank you @astridloch for giving me the one thing I’ve wanted most in my life.”
Kevin added that he and Astrid — who live in Toronto with their adorable dog Ace — will be sharing more about their path to conception: “We will have much more to share about the struggle and steps we took to get here, but today we are just so excited to share the news that we are going to be parents!!”
Astrid and Kevin — who met and fell in love during the summer of 2018 on Season 5 of “Bachelor in Paradise” — have been engaged since August 2019. They had plans to tie the knot on November 13, 2020, in Astrid’s native Florida, but were forced to readjust due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the deadly Tropical Storm Eta.
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Though they had plans to tie the knot this November, Kevin told People on Sunday that he and Astrid are postponing their nuptials again for a full year to prepare for parenthood.
“Since the wedding would keep getting pushed off, we thought ‘OK, well, I don’t want to wait five years to have a baby. Let’s just try to have one before the wedding,’” he said, adding that he and Astrid are waiting to discover their little one’s sex upon birth. “We’re just getting really excited daily. I think everything’s just lighter around here.”
According to Astrid — who is 12 weeks into her pregnancy — she and Kevin turned to non-traditional methods after the couple “spent a year of trying” to get pregnant naturally.
“We actually did IUIs (intrauterine insemination) before doing IVF. We did two cycles with that,” she told People. “IVF is just so much more intrusive, so we were trying to go that route at first and then during our second cycle, we actually ended up having an ectopic pregnancy. … I ended up having to take medication to terminate the ectopic pregnancy, and then it pushed our whole thing back another two-and-a-half months.”
Astrid, who began the “time-consuming” IVF process a week before last Christmas, elaborated, “You can’t try [to conceive] after that because the meds that you take to terminate are so strong. It’s basically like a cancer med that they give you to terminate all living cells. So then, we couldn’t try and go into our IVF cycle for almost three months.”
Despite their struggles, Astrid said that she and Kevin remained optimistic about starting a family.
“I’ve really realized that we’re glass half full type of people. It obviously took a while [for me to get pregnant] but I think throughout every single thing, if we’d see a negative pregnancy test or something wasn’t working out right or whatever, we really were good at not trying to, like, simmer in it for too long,” Astrid said. “We really try to just be so future orientated instead of letting ourselves get too down about it.”