Helen Flanagan has shared an update on her pregnancy ahead of her due date in March.
The former Coronation Street star posted a stunning photo of herself cradling her growing bump as she lounged by the pool in a bikini, but admitted in the accompanying caption that she hasn’t been enjoying her third pregnancy.
The photo showed the star, 30, who is around five months pregnant, gazing down at her bump while looking gorgeous in her grey bikini during a recent spa day.
Expecting: Helen Flanagan has shared an update on her pregnancy ahead of her due date in March, sharing a photo of herself cradling her growing bump as she lounged by the pool
Helen added a lengthy caption, explaining that while she is ‘super grateful’ to be expecting her third child, she has struggled throughout her pregnancy because of hyperemesis.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a pregnancy complication that is characterised by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and dehydration.
‘Can’t wait to meet you my little darling bring on March ,’ Helen began her caption. ‘Super grateful for my pregnancy and I can’t wait to hold my little one but to be honest I’m not really enjoying this pregnancy.’
Reflecting on her pregnancies with daughters Matilda, five, and Delilah, two, Helen continued: ‘I loved being pregnant with Matilda and Delilah.’
Tough: Helen added a lengthy caption, explaining that while she is ‘super grateful’ to be expecting her third child, she has struggled throughout her pregnancy because of hyperemesis
‘I think with Matilda everything was just so new and super exciting and with Delilah I just loved having my bump and everything about it after I got over the hyperemesis each time.’
‘This time round I just don’t feel like I’m enjoying it the same. Maybe because it’s my third and I just feel super tired and I know it’s going to be full on, I always just feel nauseas a lot and I just dont feel myself since I fell pregnant.’
Helen wanted to clarify that she is happy to be expecting, explaining: ‘It’s not that I’m ungrateful and I think it’s okay to feel however you feel in pregnancy.’
‘One of my close friends felt super anxious her whole pregnancy about the baby being okay and my mum said she felt pretty down in all her pregnancies ( I am one of four) but was on cloud 9 when the baby arrived.’
Sickness: On Sunday the star revealed on Insta Stories that she had ‘thrown up in the sink’ after struggling to take care of her girls and juggle work with her extreme morning sickness
‘It’s okay to feel however you feel, pregnancy or after the baby is born, all is okay. My mum keeps telling me to enjoy it as it’s extremely likely this is my last pregnancy.’
Helen went on to explain that she had been forced to move back in with her parents during early pregnancy as her footballer fiancé Scott Sinclair was busy training and she needed help with her girls.
‘I was really unwell this pregnancy with hyperemesis and had to move back to my parents house as I was so unwell and couldn’t look after the children and scott was training. ( I was allowed a support bubble with my parents, I was in and out of the early pregnancy ward ),’ she wrote.
Family: Helen was forced to move back in with her parents during early pregnancy as her footballer fiancé Scott Sinclair was busy training and she needed help with her girls
‘I don’t think I could ever go through hyperemesis again and I had it each pregnancy and wiped me each time. It was really miserable and this time round so strong, wouldn’t want to do that to the children I already have, and I relied on my mum for everything.’
Helen concluded by revealing she expecting this pregnancy to be her last, partly due to her experiences with hyperemesis.
‘I think there’s a sadness for women when they know it’s their last however for me that’s being taken away by the hyperemesis so that’s one positive,’ she said.
Over the moon: The soap star excitedly revealed she is expecting her third child with Scott in September. The couple are already parents to Matilda, five, and Delilah, two
‘Seeing as I’m pretty certain this as our last baby, I get a lot of people saying ah I hope it’s a boy for you this time. I think I’m pretty lucky just to carry to be honest with people close to me struggling to conceive, I’m just grateful to carry a baby.’
The soap star excitedly revealed she is expecting her third child with footballer fiancé Scott Sinclair, 31, in September.
The couple are already parents to Matilda, five, and Delilah, two.
The couple had planned to tie the knot this year after getting engaged in 2018, but have been forced to put their wedding on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They are yet to discover the sex of their unborn baby but have told daughters Matilda and Delilah whatever they have will be perfect for the family.
WHAT IS HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM?
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is defined as severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Celebrities who’ve been open about their own battles with HG include:
- The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton
- Kim Kardashian
- Kourtney Kardashian
- Debra Messing
- Kelly Clarkson
- Tia Mowry
- Tori Spelling
- Amy Schumer
It affects up to two percent of pregnant women.
HG symptoms usually appear between weeks four and six and peak at 9-to-13 weeks.
Up to 20 per cent of sufferers experience symptoms up to weeks 14-to-20, however, most have relief in the later stages.
Unlike morning sickness, which affects up to 80 percent of pregnant women, HG causes severe dehydration and prevents sufferers from keeping any food down.
Other symptoms include:
- Losing five percent or more of their pre-pregnancy weight
- Reduced urination
- Extreme fatigue
- Loss of skin elasticity
- A rapid heart rate
Some HG cases require hospitalization where women can receive IV fluids and nutrition.
HG’s cause was thought to be hormonal, however, research suggests it may be due to genetic variations.
Source: American Pregnancy Association