Leona Lewis was 'severely ill and unable to leave the house' in first trimester

Leona Lewis attends the Monte-Carlo Gala For Planetary Health on September 24, 2020 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Corbis via Getty Images)
Leona Lewis and Dennis Jauch are expecting their first child. (Corbis via Getty Images)

Leona Lewis has opened up about being "severely ill" in her "challenging" first trimester of pregnancy in a heartfelt post aiming to help other mums-to-be.

The singer, 36, shared with fans that she was "unable to leave the house" due to her illness, promising more details soon.

Now able to get outside again, she is enjoying some time healing in nature with her husband Dennis Jauch, with whom she is expecting her first child.

Lewis posted a touching clip featuring her paddle-boarding with her baby bump on show, little pet pooch and husband near LA, accompanied by the song River by Leon Bridges.

The star wrote, "Spent time in nature with the pups and the bump this weekend. I had a really challenging first trimester, I'll share more at some point for anyone who is going through the same.

"But I was severely ill and unable to leave the house. So promised myself when I could get out I would spend more time in nature. She's truly healing."

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Leona Lewis and Dennis Jauch attending the Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park, Los Angeles, California, USA. (Photo by PA/PA Images via Getty Images)
Leona Lewis and Dennis Jauch tied the knot in Italy in 2019. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Many fans showed their support, wishing her well and acknowledging the power of nature. "Mother Nature helping a fellow mother out," one wrote, while another said, "Glad you're feeling better" and many commenting she looked "beautiful".

Fellow mum Natasha Bedingfield wrote, "Love u. Had a pregnancy like that. So excited for you," with others sharing their own similar pregnancy experiences and offering their sympathies.

Lewis' Instagram stories show more footage of the couple's romantic road trip with four of their dogs in total accompanying them.

On Mother's Day Lewis shared a nude photo of her caressing her bump – a right of passage for celebrities – holding a bouquet of flowers, wishing a "Happy Mother’s Day to all my mamas and mamas to be."

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Lewis only announced her pregnancy news last week with a photo-shoot in a tight black dress, highlighting her bump, with the caption, "Can't wait to meet you in the summer."

Many celeb pals wished her congratulations, including singer/actress Keri Hilson with a string of emojis, Perez Hilton with "THE BEST NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!", former Teen Vogue Editor in Chief Elaine Welteroth with "OMG CONGRATS", and Katy B with a heart face, along with many from the music industry.

Jauch himself wrote, "Hot Mama" with heart emojis.

Fans also expressed their excitement of the "beautiful news", saying the pair will be "amazing parents".

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Lewis credited her look to fashion styling duo Dani and Emma, make-up artist to the stars Adam Burrell, hair stylist Preston Wada and photographer Rahul.

Jauch shared the same image to his Instagram, with the caption, "Biggest gift I could've asked for coming this Summer. You're one hot a** Mama."

Lewis shortly followed this with some more snaps from the shoot, writing, "Thank you for all the beautiful comments of love and support. My heart is so full right now!"

The Bleeding Love star, who won The X Factor in 2006, married Jauch in 2019 in a ceremony in Tuscany, having first met in 2010 when he was a dancer on her Labyrinth tour, with them dating soon after.

Lewis has previously discussed her desire to have children and her openness to adopting. "I do want children, but Dennis and I have spoken about adopting," she told The Telegraph's Stella magazine in 2020.

β€œMy mum grew up in a children’s home. No one adopted her as a child and I would very much like to adopt.

β€œBut I’m still figuring things out. If it was up to my husband, we would have had kids yesterday.”

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