Erin & Zac's joy ‘WE'RE FINALLY HAVING A BABY!'
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ|January 24, 2022
After heartbreak and hesitation, there’s a little one on the way for the TV lovebirds
India Hendrikse

Two years after tying the knot, following health scares and fertility worries, Erin Simpson and Zac Franich are finally fulfilling their pregnancy dream, with the TV stars expecting their first child together in June.

When Woman’s Day catches up with the couple at their home in Auckland, the news that they’re making a little human hasn’t quite sunk in.

“I couldn’t tell Zac for a good week – I had to get my head around it first!” shares Erin, her face still a picture of awe and disbelief.

But after two home pregnancy tests and confirmation from a doctor, the former children’s TV presenter, 39, finally broke the news to her hunky hubby, best known as the leading man of the third season of The Bachelor NZ in 2017.

“I’m excited for the pram!” laughs Zac, 33. “I’m going to be the pram dad. I might even be the running pram dad. Sign me up – I can’t wait!”

But while the surf lifesaving coach is brimming with excitement, Erin admits she’s been plagued by self-doubt and fears of miscarriage since learning she’s going to become a mum. The entrepreneur and events planner explains, “While it’s great that so many people are talking about miscarriage these days and lifting that taboo, the flipside is that I wake up every day worried I’m going to have one!”

Her concerns are understandable given the couple’s rocky road to pregnancy, with Erin having a flurry of medical issues when the pair decided to start trying. It all began when she went to get her hormonal IUD removed and the doctors couldn’t find it.

An MRI to locate the birth-control device led to a discovery of growths on her ovaries. Luckily, after a few weeks of nervous waiting, they were found to be benign, but the ensuing surgery and the prospect of a painful retrieval of the device rattled Erin. Finally, last April, it was finally removed, giving her and Zac the green light to start trying for a baby.

“That whole experience was quite challenging,” admits Zac. “But we came through it in one piece, so we’re starting to feel grateful, lucky and excited for the next stage.”

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