Months after giving birth to her first child, Shahs of Sunset‘s Jessica Parido has announced her joyous baby news.
The reality star, 30, shared a black-and-white portrait of her baby bump on Instagram Tuesday, along with an emotional video from her ultrasound appointment during which she heard her child’s heartbeat for the first time.
“On February 23, 2019, My little miracle Boy was born,” Parido wrote of her now 7-week-old son.
Shahs star Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi congratulated her former costar with a sweet message in the comments section. “Yay! Congratulations baby girl! I’m so happy for you and your journey. You deserve all of this happiness!” she wrote, along with a red heart emoji.
“Best mom,” said fellow mom and former costar Lilly Ghalichi.
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In her announcement, Parido, whose divorce from Shahs star Mike Shouhed was finalized in June 2017, also opened up about her journey to become a mom.
“Since I was 15 years old I was told that the high doses of chemotherapy I got to fight my leukemia would cause me to be sterile. It was something I struggled with accepting for years,” she said.
“After 15 years and countless specialists I accepted the fact I would never have children of my own. God had other plans for me. The level of shock and disbelief I had when I found out I was pregnant naturally was unimaginable,” Parido recalled.
“I had spent half of my life believing I would never feel these feelings. To say this came without struggle would be a lie. The traditional family I’ve dreamed of my entire life is not something I have. The vision of love, marriage then baby I had wanted is gone,” she shared.
Parido also revealed why she did not post about her pregnancy on social media, telling followers that she chose to “enjoy the time without the opinions and comments of others.”
The new mom added, “I contemplated never posting about it and carrying on but IM A MOM, I have a son, a beautiful little miracle who I’ll cherish the rest of my life and to not share this would be not sharing me.”
Parido previously shared her leukemia battle with PEOPLE in 2015.
“It was a complete and utter shock,” she said about finding out about her diagnosis at age 14.
Her sister Kristina, who was 12 at the time, was luckily deemed a match for a bone marrow transplant. “I literally owe her my life,” Parido said.
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