Former Morning Musume member Ishikawa Rika has announced the birth of her first child, a baby boy.
In her announcement, Ishikawa expressed how moved she was at the experience of childbirth and meeting her baby for the first time. She wrote, "Thankfully, I have many senpai mamas, including the original members of Morning Musume, around me. While receiving advice from them, I hope to grow together with my child."
Ishikawa married Nogami Ryoma, professional baseball player for the Yomiuri Giants (Saitama Seibu Lions at the time), in March of last year. She announced that she was pregnant last November.