If Helen Flanagan’s social media feeds are anything to go by, she has taken to motherhood like a duck to water after welcoming her daughter, Matilda, to the world six weeks ago with partner, Scott Sinclair.
But now, in a new interview with OK! magazine, the star has admitted that her birth was anything but easy, with the long labour and complications leaving her “screaming fro an epidural”.
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Speaking candidly about her labour to the mag, Helen shared: “I was eleven days overdue when my contractions started. I woke up at around 5am on the Saturday with stomach pains but I wasn’t sure if it was the real thing because I’d been having Braxton Hicks for the weeks leading up to the labour.
“I managed to cope with the contractions at home until 6.30pm, then I felt like I had to go to hospital. By the time we got there I was already 3-4cm dilated so they gave me gas and air but the contractions stopped.
“The contractions didn’t come back so on Sunday night the doctors decided they were going to induce me. They broke my waters at 7.30pm and the whole thing was terrifying but so exciting.
“At first I was fine using gas and air but when I got to 6cm dilated it really began to hurt so the doctor gave me some Pethidine. Matilda was in the back-to-back position, which made it even more painful, and at one point my back was hurting so much that I screamed out for the doctor to give me an epidural.
“I was pushing for an hour and forty minutes but Matilda kept turning, so she wasn’t coming out as quickly as she should have.
“It was then that they decided to take me into theatre so that they could use forceps as they had to act quickly.”
Phew, talk about making an entrance into the world, eh Matilda?
Despite the stressful birthing experience, 25-year-old Helen insisted that she is definitely going to have more kids, adding: “It hasn’t put me off doing it again. I can’t wait to have more babies with Scott.
“When I saw her for the first time I couldn’t keep my eyes off her. It made the pain I was in all worth it - she’s a dream come true.
“I had a couple of days where I would just look at Matilida and cry because I was so overwhelmed by how much I love her, but other than that I was fine.
“I’m completely obsessed by her though, I can’t stop hugging and kissing her.”
Well, when you look at what an absolute cutie-pie she is, we can totally see why.
Congrats once again on your bundle of joy, Helen and Scott - we are so glad that everything was okay in the end!