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So Precious! Stephanie Linus opens up about her Pregnancy Journey in Genevieve Magazine



Stephanie Linus 2Stephanie Linus was recently unveiled as the cover star for Genevieve Magazine’s August 2015 issue (click here if you missed it), and apart from the amazing and precious photos taken by TY Bello for the magazine, her interview with the magazine is refreshing.

Inside the magazine Stephanie talks about her new reality TV show ‘Make Me Fabulous’, her newly released movie ‘Dry’ and she also talks extensively about her journey to being a mum for the first time.

Talking about working on the shoot, a mum of twins herself TY Bello shared on Instagram:

‘STEPHANIE LINUS: THE POWER. When Genevieve magazine asked me to photograph Stephanie for their cover ,I instantly saw this image of her in my head.The idea came together almost effortlessly… The cornrows.. The fabric..the look in her eyes.I knew I wanted her to look beautiful .. But more importantly.. I wanted her POWER to come through. Recently pregnant myself… I wanted the image to somehow covey that being with child..considering how vulnerable it can make a woman feel a beautifully empowering experience . The entire journey of being a portal for the beginning of another person’s divine journey changes you to your core. You begin to develop strengths you never even knew you had. Here in this image is a strong and inspiring Nigerian woman. Her story will bless you.’

We loved her interview and you should too.

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Read excerpts below.

On keeping her pregnancy a secret: You just don’t say anything. Your family and friends know, but you stay at home and don’t go anywhere. People have been trying to get me to come out but I keep telling them I’m on bed rest. I didn’t want people talking about it until I was ready to announce it.

On finding the right time to get pregnant: Waiting this long to have a baby is a personal choice and God ultimately decides. You have to be ready mentally and physically. I had a lot of films that I was shooting and I was travelling a lot too. My movie is out now, and I cannot even promote it across Africa like I wanted to do because I am stuck in one place. Its also God’s timing. Neither my husband nor I were pressured. I feel this is the right time for it to happen. Right after we got married, I was on set shooting. But this year was different. It’s the perfect year for me to get pregnant.

On adjusting to her new body: This pregnancy has been wonderful, and I’m adjusting really well. I’m grateful to my baby because I don’t have any major stress. Apart from the few aches and pains, I feel great. Thankfully my husband rubs the aches and pains away. I have literally turned him into a rubbing machine. I’m watching the changes though, especially the nose. I’m begging it not to grow bigger than it is. It’s been wonderful for me. I just cant wait. It’s more of an anticipation to see the end of the journey and what the baby would look like.

On being a first time mum: At this stage, I’m preparing my mind. Pregnancy differs from person to person. How the books even tell you your body would react is different from the way your body does react. It’s the first time for both of us and we are excited to explore everything. It is going to be a collaborative effort. Thankfully, my husband is very hands-on, very involved. He is going to be the one feeding the baby while I sleep. I’ll pump out the milk and he can feed. He’s probably going to laugh when he reads this. I think it will be a wonderful experience for us as a couple to bond. We will do it together.

To read up more from Stephanie Linus pick up the August 2015 issue of Genevieve Magazine.

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  1. cleo

    August 7, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I see happy woman. Congrats Dear. All the best.

  2. Patty

    August 7, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I wish you a safe delivery Steph..May God see you through to a successful end.

  3. DES

    August 7, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Pregnant African woman is a masterpiece, you are beautiful Stephanie! Thumbs up, looking forward to carrying mine soon after four years of patiently waiting in marriage.

    • nene+

      August 7, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      @ DES yours will be next by God’s grace! Hugs

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      August 7, 2015 at 4:32 pm


      Praying as well that Stephanie’s birth is uneventful and she and baby come out alive and healthy. Beautiful photos in all.

  4. Sharon Anurukem

    August 7, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Stephanie, You look gorgeous, angelic and adorable. Your poise will make any woman want to get ‘belle’ sha.! I am happy for you and pray that God will grant you safe-delivery when you are due IJN Amen. Love you dear. BRAVO!!

  5. Eby

    August 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I just love this woman. Safe delivery dear.

  6. nene+

    August 7, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Congratulations Stephanie!
    I want to believe you where just keeping your privacy as to you choosing to have your baby now.

    I doubt it was your choice, I believe it was God’s time. Haba nwa nne! We all expect babies ASAP after marriage especially for non students etc.

    All the same dearie I prayed for your babies the days I saw your flat stomach and I am over joy ed that you have a baby/ies baking gently in there. Big congrats to you and your cute husband! Season of babies and baby dust to those trusting in God.

    • mdb

      August 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Oro run run lenu obo.
      You were in her home making this decision for her right?
      Who are the “all” that expect babies “ASAP after marriage” ?
      Some people just refuse to accept that other people do things differently.
      There’s more than one lane in life.

    • adebisi

      August 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      @ mdb Go and take several seats behind! Waited to have babies because she married at 20 years and it’s her first marriage. Abeg go sit down. This child was gotten via IVF the lady don wait tire! Her first marriage was three years without a child so shut up! Stephanie waited long for this child transgender madam.

    • nene+

      August 7, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      @ mdb please sit your butts down!
      Stephanie sort for this baby like the deer pants for streams.

      She married Linus at over 30 not 18, so take your gist to the swine.
      We are all happy her baby is almost here.
      Just shut it already.
      Not every one is willing to share their infertility journey to achieving pregnancy so i understand.

    • kikikiki

      August 7, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      @mdbEwo enue! elenu run run.
      Gay right activist. You wont shut up abi?
      Stephanie married first time was doing films, married second time on top films?? you no get eyes say she experienced delays???
      Abeg leave story. films since 2011??????
      Abeg carry your sagged arse go read for your WAEC.

    • or

      August 7, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Congrats Steph.

      Truth is that you waited on the Lord for this baby. Even Hollywood movie producers don’t wait this long to have babies these days due to high infertility issues.

      I just got married and my wife is preggie no chances. @DES God will do yours in Jesus name.

      Congrats in advance

    • Alias

      August 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      This isn’t true. We don’t all want babies asap after marriage. Stephanie has given logical reasons why she might have delayed starting a family. In the end, we can all plan but it’s God who gives children. Just to reiterate, depending on what stage of your life you are in, you might not want babies asap even if you’re a graduate.

    • Dee

      August 7, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Alias, please help me tell them o! NOT everyone wants a baby immediately after marriage. In fact my personal belief which of course is not for everyone is, after marriage wait at least 6 months to 1 year before getting pregnant. Enjoy that time exclusively with your husband, bond, and just play, play, play.

      However, the pressure to have a child immediately can frustrate this exclusivity with the spouse. Parents, church members, and almost everybody at your wedding will be asking, when is your naming? And if you now happen to have an unflattering belly like some us, they start calling you iya ibeji, safe delivery o, lol.

    • linda

      August 7, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Madam, ho do you know it wasn’t her choice to wait before having a baby?
      ITK is worrying you ganan

    • eyong

      August 8, 2015 at 1:46 am

      Look at these fools fighting over someone else’s choices. If she married five times and decided not to have a child how that one concern you guys? What makes you think this is her first pregnancy? You do realize that 50% of pregnancies don’t carry full term, right? And if the stories are true then her first husband was abusive, which will very well explain why she has chosen not to get pregnant, or maybe even aborted to keep from having a binding link with him.

      My point is, whatever someone else does with their lives and in their homes, you will never know, so stop shoving your idiotic opinions down everyone’s throat. IVF nko? You were with her when she went to get the procedure? Foolishness

  7. A Loco Viva Voce

    August 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Gorgeous! She must be having a girl. Girls bring out the best in you whilst pregnant. for interesting topics on societal matters

  8. Cici

    August 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    We know it’s a lie Stephanie that it was your personal choice to wait to have a baby until now. Why don’t you just chill and give all the glory to God. Why take a little self glory that it was your “personal choice” to wait because “I had a lot of films that I was shooting and I was travelling a lot”, yeye dey smell, mtchewww. Abeg, leave matter for Matthias, and stop all this kpanga and give the whole glory to the Living God that has blessed you with a baby finally.

    • Manny

      August 7, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Maybe it was her personal choice to go for IVF now. Maybe it was her personal choice to not go for IVF during the period when she was shooting movies up and down.

    • kikikiki

      August 7, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      should i say foolish girl? IVF na personal choice ???
      IVF is a medical choice kid!!!!!

    • hushhush

      August 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Manny you must be a baby! IVF is a costly medical choice. IVF is not free and it’s the last medical option after IUI.
      @ DES. Have you done IUI, please try it. Also look for ovaboost. God send his angels to assist you. Hugs and kisses.

  9. PurpleiciousBabe

    August 7, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I am happy for you Steph and Linus.
    I pray you have a safe delivery – healthy mother and child. xxxx
    Though I wished hubby joined you at the shoot.

  10. Cynical

    August 7, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I’m really happy for you Stephanie…..this is truly one of the best journeys one can embark on,the journey to being a first time mom. That being said,I really hope that your statement about waiting to have the baby being a personal choice is true cos if not you have missed out on an opportunity to help women who are going through difficulties TTC. And that will indeed be very sad.

  11. Nonye

    August 7, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I can’t stop laughing at this, “I’m watching the changes though, especially the nose. I’m begging it not to grow bigger than it is.” My dear, allow the nose biko so that plenty oxygen can go in for 2 ppl. Wishing you a safe delivery. Oge chukwu ka nma…

  12. Amarachi

    August 7, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I wish you Safe. Delivery in Advance Sweet Lady.

  13. Anne

    August 7, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Congratulations, Stephanie. The level of skepticism from some of the comments above worries me. Asserting that it wasn’t her decision to wait before having her baby, when you do not know her personally, is downright illogical. It’s 21st century, Sisters! Not every married woman wants to have a baby. We are in the world to play different roles, some to perpetuate humanity, others to make those who are here already breathe easier.

    This outdated belief that a married couple must have children is the reason I feel very sorry for childless couples in Nigeria. Let them be already! There are many ways to find fulfillment in Life. We should not unduly pressure those who are unable to have children, either by choice or by fate. And yea, it is Stephanie’s call to disclose if she had IFV or not, not ours.

    • Anne teacher

      August 7, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      We know your type . Lesbian activist!!!
      Nigerian have cancer they hide it
      Nigerians experience infertility they hide it
      Stephanie congrats the secrecy is in order. Its a way of life in Nigeria.

    • Idomagirl

      August 7, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Anne thank you o. I don’t understand these oversabi comments. Odiegwu.

  14. Stacia

    August 7, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    isn’t it just beautiful how these pictures look? much pleasing to the eyes than those almost-naked pregnancy shoots that are in vogue. very classy! congratulation shephanie!

  15. Gona

    August 7, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I pray for safe delivery n may u n ur home be abundantly blessed. You are glowing

  16. Hadassah

    August 7, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Cant y’all just say Congrats and Move On?
    Must you decipher every information…(whether its IVF or she waited or not).. or its surrogacy sef
    (I know people can be soo ridiculous to say that)
    Mbok, have has this changed the status of your bank account?
    A simple Congrats Steph… Safe Delivery will do

  17. Lala

    August 7, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I am surprised at people’s comments that it wasn’t her choice to wait. I got married at 31. Now I am 34 and my husband and I waited deliberately to put ourselves together before getting pregnant.
    I resigned from my job last year to build up a business.
    August makes it 1 year since I resigned. Haven built the business to this point, as it grows gradually, I am starting a part time job 3 days a week in about a week, to have extra cash in the home and for cashflow for the business.
    I said all that to say this- hubby and I know we are not young (and now we are ready to have kids- just 2 any ways). But we had a financial foundation we needed to lay and thank God it’s there now.
    So, with a child on the way, we have his full time income. My part time income and gradually extra income from our business.
    The kids will go to daycare 3 days a week (of which 15 hours is free in my borough and we will pay for the other 10 hours). The other 2 days of the week, I will take them to my own office- where I run my business from.
    Wwhen the business brings in enough cash, maybe 3-6 years down the line, I will resign, God helping us.
    Plus, finding part time work for my level of experience was not beans and I just was fed up having to take rolls for A-level qualified people just because I wanted part time. ( has senior level part time roles/ job shares).
    All in all, it was worth the wait- I could not have done this much work with pregnancy. So yes, people do wait inspite of age. Seeing the options friends have had to take- one parent resigning or daycare for a 6 month old was frightening. I will do 1 year maternity leave. 6 months paid and 6 months unpaid.
    God help me!

    • Idomagirl

      August 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      These comments are not surprising. It doesn’t occur to a lot of our people that there are those out there who wait and plan properly before bringing a child into this world. Mba, just marry begin born anyhow. Smh.

    • Lagosgirl

      August 7, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      @ lala but you know you are in UK abi?
      Your financial capacity and that of steph are not same abi?
      Steph was waiting on God simple!

  18. ITK - resident commenter

    August 7, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    OMG!!! she is just to beautiful!!! Steph has always been my fave actress. she is just a QUEEN….fan girl moments…..haha. I love the creative styling of the pics too. Congrats mummy steph and daddy Linus. God bless you and grant you safe delivery.

    TyBello – God’s blessings will not pass you bye oh. Amen!!! and ur twins, ughhhh, cuties.

  19. Anon

    August 7, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Congrats. Twins maybe?

  20. Tee

    August 7, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Not all married couples want kids immediately. My husband and I waited for a bit(I was on birth control pills). When we were ready, i got off the pill and God blessed us with a pregnancy shortly after. If i hadn’t take the pill, i probably would have gotten pregnant earlier. That is what she means about it being a personal choice to wait. She took precaution(pills, condoms, etc) to not get pregnant immediately. When they were ready, they started trying and now God has blessed them with theirs. No need crucifying her. Just congratulate her and move on.

  21. Anne

    August 8, 2015 at 3:32 am

    @Anne Teacher, so sad you jump to conclusions! I am a Catholic. I don’t believe in homosexuality. I am happily married with two kids. I have friends who don’t have children yet and I feel sorry for the needless pressure they are subjected to: Prayer houses etc. Just saying we should not interfere in people’s business except we are invited. Stay blessed

    • Bruno teacher fearce

      August 8, 2015 at 10:56 am

      The point is Nigerians pretend a lot. Of which they don’t want to be stigmatised. Talk about infertility and every one will shy away. Its a taboo to some. I have TTC friends and when I talk to them they are amazed that other people have gone through simple infertility even two months infertility. Some of them are lonely as people make it look like TTC is for them alone. That’s why you find TTC community high abroad and only a hand full here a willing to share

      If Kim kadashian didn’t tell us she has been struggling to conceive, some of you would slit throats defending her that her baby is still small and that it’s her choice yet the poor lady has tried several, done unsuccessful IVF before the successful one.. I can understand that some people still wait. But if you still ask for my opinion, if you read in between her line of her story you would realise she waited.

  22. P!e

    August 8, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Ah TY…Your images give life!

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