She recently shared that she’s set to welcome her first child with Aljaž Škorjanec.
And Janette Manrara broke into tears on Tuesday as she opened up a congratulatory gift – which had a sentimental meaning behind it.
The dancer, 39, took to Instagram to share the story behind the gift from dressmaker DSI London, who had sent her one of their dresses.
Explaining the significance of the dress, Janette shared that she wore it during the couple’s dance tour, A Christmas To Remember, which is also around the time that she and Aljaz found out their pregnancy news.
While donning the garment, the dancer recalled having ‘tears in my eyes dancing that dance because Aljaz and I shared a moment right before we performed celebrating the 3 of us, on stage’.
‘I will cherish it forever’: Pregnant Janette Manrara was left in tears on Tuesday as she opened a special gift to congratulate her on recent baby news with beau Aljaž Škorjanec
Gift: The dancer had been given a dress that she wore during her recent Christmas tour, during which she found out the pregnancy news (pictured wearing the dress)
Dubbing the moment ‘one of the most special in my life’, she later told the story to the brand, who this week then sent her the dress to keep.
Aljaz recorded his wife as she reacted to the gift, overcome with emotion and rubbing both eyes.
‘That’s what a dress can do,’ quipped the Slovenian dancer while Janette let out a giggle.
Telling the full story in the caption, the mother-to-be wrote: ‘I look a little rough in the video but I had to share this special moment, so who cares! I received a lovely package from @dsilondon congratulating us on the baby news. I remember sharing the story with them of how much I loved dancing in one of their dresses for a specific moment of our @rememberingtour.
‘It was my favourite moment in the show! If you came and watched, it was the opening of our second act. The music was magical, and I always felt like I was taken away to a dreamworld dancing it w/ @aljazskorjanec.
‘We found out we were pregnant during our Christmas tour, and on the last show, I head tears in my eyes dancing that dance because Aljaz and I shared a moment right before we performed celebrating the 3 of us, on stage, dancing together before anyone else in the world found out our very special little secret. To say it was one of the most special moments of my life, is an understatement.
‘Now, @dsilondon have given me as a gift the dress I wore for that number as they recalled the story and how much I loved dancing in it….. such a thoughtful thing to do!’
Concluding that the dress meant even more because of how far away she is from family, the Cuban-American star added: ‘I am so far away from my family but it’s gestures like these and all of your kind messages of love that have made me so emotional and feel so much love around Aljaz and I and our little baby. Thank you @dsilondon for this very special gift. I will cherish it forever’.
Sentimental: While donning the garment on stage, the dancer recalled having ‘tears in my eyes dancing that dance because Aljaz and I shared a moment right before we performed celebrating the 3 of us, on stage’
So sweet: Telling the full story in the caption, the mother-to-be shared that the gesture made her ‘so emotional’
Happy news: Strictly Come Dancing couple Janette Manrara and Aljaž Škorjanec have confirmed they are expecting their first child
Janette and Aljaz’s pregnancy news came after they had spent over two years struggling to conceive.
Speaking in a recent interview with HELLO!, she detailed: ‘For the past couple of years we hadn’t been using protection but nothing was happening, so we thought IVF was the next best thing for us to do.’
‘I turn 40 later this year and the NHS offers really good services to women under 40. The doctor said that as soon as I got my period we would start injections, but my period never came.’
‘I know that IVF can be really strenuous on a woman’s body and there is no guarantee it will work, so to know that this little miracle just came from a wonderful night we had together is amazing. I think the baby decided to make Mum and Dad panic a bit before saying, “ok, fine, I’m coming up now.”‘
Janette explained how she told Aljaž she was pregnant by handing him the positive pregnancy test and that they ‘cried and hugged; it was quite a moment’.
Aljaž added that he was ‘beside myself’ and hoped the baby would look more like Janette than him.
Miracle baby: Janette and Aljaz’s pregnancy news came after they had spent over two years struggling to conceive