‘I wouldn’t rule out another’: Helen Flanagan admits she’s considering having a fourth child with fiancé Scott Sinclair despite suffering from severe morning sickness
She suffered from postnatal anxiety and hyperemesis gravidarum in her last pregnancy – a complication which causes severe nausea, vomiting, dehydration and weight loss.
But Helen Flanagan, 30, has decided it’s all worth it – as she’s revealed that she ‘wouldn’t rule out another’ baby.
‘I wouldn’t rule out another’: Helen Flanagan admitted she’s considering having a fourth child with fiancé Scott Sinclair despite suffering from severe morning sickness
Despite her last pregnancy causing her to remain bed-bound, Helen is keen to further grow her family with her fiancé Scott Sinclair, 32.
‘When you feel so dreadful, you do think, “No way, I will absolutely never have another baby”, but as soon as Charlie arrived I just thought, “You’re so worth it,”’ Helen told the platform.
Helen, who played Rosie Webster on the soap since 2000, already shares three children with her Preston North End footballer beau: Matilda, six, Delilah, three, and baby Charlie.
Struggle: Helen suffered from postnatal anxiety and hyperemesis gravidarum in her last pregnancy (pictured with baby Charlie)
She gave birth to her youngest child in March this year – set on the idea that he would be the last addition to their happy family.
Now that the pandemic has foiled their wedding plans, Helen is open to the idea of having another child once she settles in with their third.
‘I think for women it’s really sad to say, “This is my last baby”, and Scott is very laid-back about it. But I would have to wait until Charlie is a bit older.’
Helen told Ok! Magazine in June last year that they originally planned for their big day to be ‘full on’.
It’ll be big hair, big make-up, full on glam. I’m going all out!’
She told The Mirror that they’re now planning on tying the knot in Italy in 2023, once restrictions have completely ended and life returns to normal.
Helen’s interview comes after she revealed she would have to wait ‘a very long time’ if she decided to have another baby due to her suffering badly with hyperemesis gravidarum.
Postpartum: gave birth to her youngest child in March this year – set on the idea that he would be the last addition to their happy family (pictured in July 2021)
Sharing her experience with the extreme morning sickness, Helen explained on Instagram: ‘It got worse with each pregnancy. It was worth everything but it was horrendous.
‘As soon as I found out I was pregnant with Charlie, I said to my mum I hope I don’t get Hyperemesis. I hope I’m OK.
‘I had to live with my mum and dad for three, four months. I couldn’t look after them. Now I’m not pregnant I feel like a normal mum again, I have loads of energy which is lovely.’
Helen added: ‘I had medication that worked with Delilah but I was just immune with Charlie. You’re constantly sick but it makes you feel low as well, you’re so on your own.’
What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a pregnancy conditioned where expectant moms experience severe nausea, weight loss, vomiting and dehydration.
Mild cases of HG are able to be treated with a change in diet, rest and antacids. But more severe cases can force the expectant mother to stay in the hospital so they can receive the nourishment they need.
About 70 to 80 percent of women will experience some form of morning sickness throughout their pregnancy.
But the number of women who suffer from HG is not well known because the majority will often go unreported because they treat it at home or in an out-patient care.
The cause of HG remains unknown, but the severe nausea is believed to be due to the rise in hormone levels in the women’s body as it changes to house the growing fetus.
HG symptoms typically start during the first trimester at the four to six week mark and peak when the woman is nine to 12 weeks along.
While most women will experience relief as the enter their second trimester at 14 weeks, some will have severe nausea throughout the course of their pregnancy.
Source: American Pregnancy