- Blonde beauty Roxy Burger is a loved South African presenter who has been on our screens for years
- Roxy gave birth to a delightful little girl Adrienne, and enjoys sharing photos of her on social media
- Adrienne was born without a thyroid gland, but Roxy keeps her happy and healthy
Charismatic Roxy Burger is mom to a precious little girl and she's loving every moment. Perhaps best known for presenting Top Billing and Strictly Come Dancing, Roxy has been on South African screens for many years.
She started as a presenter on KTV and her career has been reaching new heights since then. But with everything this stunning blonde has accomplished, the one thing she would credit as her best moment would be giving birth to her daughter.
Little Adrienne was born earlier this year and despite some health problems she's growing into a beautiful little princess.
Adrienne was born with no thyroid gland and needs medication to keep her happy and smiling. Roxy spoke openly about her birth experience and dealing with her baby girl's 'illness' on her blog.
My birth was pretty awesome. Here’s how it went, in short form: 4am wake up on the 11th of January; erratic contractions; laboured at home; walked and bounced like mad; went off to hospital at 11pm that night; took 24 hours to get to 3cm dilated; cried with disappointment; water broke; 0 to 100 real quick; excruciating pain; cried some more; called for anesthesiologist; epidural; wanted to marry anesthesiologist; fully dilated; time to push; pushed her out in 10 minutes; VOILA! We had a baby!
Adrienne’s TSH levels (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) were off the chart. Nearly triple what they should be, and she wasn’t even 24 hours old. This could mean a few things but when the words “no thyroid gland” and “birth defect” came out of the Pediatrician’s mouth I immediately felt and was physically ill.
For Roxy this was hard to deal with at first. She felt like she had failed as a mother before she even started being one.
Fortunately Congenital Hypothyroidism can be easily treated and those diagnosed with it can live happy and healthy lives.
Little Adrienne's body doesn't create Thyroxine on its own so she needs to be given medicine to help her body. This Thyroxine is important for the mental and physical development of babies.
Roxy gives her little girl a small pill everyday and that keeps her body healthy. Adrienne's health has taught the blonde mom many lessons.
The hardest part of all of this is the lesson I needed to learn: you can’t control everything.
I had done everything perfectly. I had eaten well. I had exercised. I had taken the folic acid. I’d gone for all the tests and my risk factors were low. I’d read the books. I’d prepped her room. I’d done everything I was told to do. And yet I still had no control over the fact that she would be born without this crucial organ.
I had always believed my baby to be 1 in a million – every mother does. But it turns out our Ady is 1 in 4000 – born with CH.
So for now, with a pill a day and blood tests every now and so often, we watch our baby grow and thrive into the amazing little human I know her to be. My Ady Baby is such a blessing. And I can’t imagine her not being in our lives. With or without a thyroid gland.
Roxy is a strong, dedicated and brave mother who takes care of her precious child in a way that would make anyone proud.
She loves taking creative photos of her little pink foot and sharing her wonderful experience as mom:
Roxy continues to inspire us with her unending love for her bundle of joy and her fans continue to enjoy the lovely photos she shares with them.
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