By Nadia Mendoza

Happy families: Alex Reid and Chantelle Houghton, pictured here at the Amika event for London Fashion Week, are trying for a baby

After a whirlwind seven months, Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid have decided to start a family together.

But following a battle with bulimia and years of dieting destroying her body, the couple have turned to IVF as well as overdosing on natural methods.

The blonde reality star, who notoriously shot to fame after being the only non-celebrity to win Celebrity Big Brother in 2006, cannot rely on biology alone and Alex, who won CBB in 2010, sees the obstacle as 'a challenge'.

Alex, 36, told OK!: 'It's a big leap for us. It's only seven months since we got together. It's not a decision we've taken lightly at all.

'Chantelle has been saying: "Oh you can back out if you want!" No way. I've thought about this long and hard and it's what I really want.'

Speaking of her trips to the IVF clinic, Chantelle, 28, said: 'It's all really positive. I've had tests done. They can help us.

'I've had a lot of scans and horrible, painful things done to me.'

But despite help from the professionals, there is a chance the duo can conceive naturally without the egg being fertilised in a laboratory.

Alex added: 'I've never had so much sex. I was complaining to my mate, "She wants sex in the morning, she wants sex all the time." He was like, "Really? Stop moaning. Soon enough you won't be able to get any."'

And while Alex has a history of rushing into things, notably marrying former flame Katie Price after seven months together, he claims: 'I am normally so careful not to do things hastily.'

The pair also revealed they have chosen baby names already, but refused to ruin the surprise.

He credited his relationship with Katie for leading to his meeting to Chantelle, alluding to the turn of events as a 'Sliding Doors' effect.

The cagefighter revealed he has lost respect for his ex-wife after she branded their dirty laundry in public and even claimed he was so scared of her during their time together that he couldn't breathe.

However, love conquers all and speaking of his new girlfriend, he said: 'It is a fairytale. This wasn't the plan.

'Sometimes I have to pinch myself. I'm really in love.'

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