Hilary Rhoda expecting first child

Hilary Rhoda displays her baby bump. Credit: Instagram - @hilaryrhoda

Hilary Rhoda is to become a first-time mother.

The model, who is perhaps best known for her work with Estee Lauder and appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, took to Instagram on Thursday to announce that she and her sportsman husband Sean Avery are expecting a son.

"It's a boy," she wrote alongside a snap of herself cradling her growing baby bump while sitting on a sofa. "@imseanavery and I are having a baby and we're so excited about this next chapter of life together."

Accordingly, a number of Hilary's celebrity pals were quick to send her congratulatory messages, including the likes of Martha Hunt, Brooklyn Decker, Nicky Hilton, Georgia Fowler, and Nina Agdal.

"Congratulations to you guys!!!!! What an amazing news (sic)," Natasha Poly wrote, while Carolyn Murphy added: "Yay mama and papa."

However, when announcing the news on her Instagram Stories, Hilary added that falling pregnant hadn't been easy.

"We're having a baby! The last year has been quite a journey getting to this point, lots of ups & downs... but for those trying to conceive, all I can say is just keep going," the 32-year-old wrote, along with a red heart emoji. "Trying to conceive is a mindf**k and might have almost ended our marriage once or twice."

Meanwhile, Sean opened up about his journey with Hilary on his podcast No F**ks Given, revealing she had suffered two miscarriages before they conceived their baby boy.

"The moment we took the noise, science and methods out of it - that's how you make a baby in tough times," he said, explaining that it was when he returned home from a five-week trip that the conception happened.

Hilary and former National Hockey League player Sean, 39, married in October 2015.

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