Surprise! Jessica Parido announced that she secretly gave birth to a son nearly two months ago.
“On February 23, 2019 my little miracle Boy was born,” the Shahs of Sunset alum, 30, wrote in a Tuesday, April 16, Instagram post. “I decided to keep my pregnancy off of social media and enjoy the time without the opinions and comments of others. 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.”
In the social media reveal, the Bravo personality shared a black-and-white shot of herself cradling her baby bump in a tight black dress. She also posted a video of her bursting into tears during an ultrasound appointment.
The California native explained her emotional response in the caption. “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. 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. I had spent half of my life believing I would never feel these feelings.”
The former reality star, who did not name the father of her child, added: “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.”
“I’m so happy for you to get what you always wanted and feared you couldn’t and couldn’t, being a mom,” Parido’s ex-husband, 40, commented on her reveal. “I know in my heart and feel it in my soul that you will do an amazing job as a parent. You have a lot of love to share and wisdom from life to pass along to him. May God continue to bless the both of you with endless health and happiness.”