Helen Flanagan has revealed her current, and third, pregnancy will be ‘her last’ as it feels like ‘right’ for her.
The actress, 30, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share snaps from a stylish photo shoot with lingerie brand Pour Moi where she cradled her baby bump, as she told her fans she hasn’t ‘felt like herself’ during her third pregnancy.
Reflecting on her pregnancy in a lengthy caption, Helen wrote: ‘Finally in my third trimester. 7 months now.
Candid: Helen Flanagan revealed on Tuesday her current pregnancy will be ‘her last’ and admitted she’s ‘not really felt like herself’ since conceiving again
‘I’ve definitely found this pregnancy a challenge after having a hyperemesis gravidarum pregnancy and I’ve not really felt like myself since I fell pregnant I still have nausea most days but just grateful that I don’t have hyperemesis gravidarum anymore and can be a mum to the girls and get about doing things.
‘I do feel anxious about my labour. I’ve always had a bit of a fear about giving birth and I have been scared before each labour though I’ve been really lucky to have two really good positive labours.
‘Midwives are just amazing. I’m trying a hypnotherapy course this time round. For me I work myself up in my head which is way worse than the actual labour.’
Helen went on to detail how she’s struggled with back pain while pregnant, so much so it’s made it hard for her to juggle her daughters Matilda and Delilah, and fiancé Scott Sinclair helps with bath time and putting them to bed.
Cradling her baby bump in a stylish photo shoot for Pour Moi, Helen claimed: ‘I’ve definitely found this pregnancy a challenge after having a hyperemesis gravidarum pregnancy’
She continued: ‘I genuinely would love a girl or a boy. I’d love to have three girls and sisters together, a girl gang and i would equally adore to have a little boy a son as it’s a totally new experience.
‘I just feel lucky to carry with other women close to me not having such an easy time.
‘This is definitely my last pregnancy. I had Matilda at 24 and I wanted my children close together and it just feels right for me.
‘I would never want to go through the hyperemesis again, it wouldn’t be fair on the children I already have and I want to give each child as much attention as each other.
Reflecting: In a lengthy caption, Helen went on: ‘This is definitely my last pregnancy. I had Matilda at 24 and I wanted my children close together and it just feels right for me’
‘I thought I’d feel sad if I knew I was carrying my last but the hyperemis has been a blessing as it’s took that away.’
Helen told her followers she will be going to hospital when she goes into labour despite considering a home birth, as she claimed she’d feel ‘calmer’ in a hospital.
‘What I have liked about being pregnant is my hormones have been really stable,’ Helen reflected.
‘Before I fell pregnant I was getting a diagnosis of PMDD and seeing a hormone specialist as my moods were hugely impacted by my cycle so I’ve really enjoyed not having the highs and lows from my menstrual cycle.’
Honest: Reflecting on her pregnancy, she added: ‘I thought I’d feel sad if I knew I was carrying my last but the hyperemis has been a blessing as it’s took that away’
In a second lengthy caption, she went on: ‘Also I’ve loved having clear skin which I never usually have as I always have a bit of a battle with hormonal acne.
‘Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed at the thought of having three little ones. I sometimes think- how will I juggle everything?
‘Sometimes I think will I ever leave the house but I think every new mum thinks that regardless of how many children she has.
Struggle: In a second lengthy caption, she went on: ‘Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed at the thought of having three little ones. I sometimes think- how will I juggle everything?’
‘I always find it takes me a good month to feel a bit normal to recover from labour, to get to grips with nursing and to get out the house with more ease.’
Helen admitted she was curious to see how her youngest daughter Delilah, two, will react to her sibling, as she felt children have ‘different personalities’ and her little one is ‘very much the baby of the family’ currently.
She then claimed: ‘Matilda was never jealous of Delilah just so sweet with her. Delilah loves her dolly’s though so I have a feeling she will be like her sister and just want to hold and kiss the baby.
‘I get quite swollen at 36 weeks usually my feet and ankles just completely swell so much. I have no ankles ( I always get checked out with the midwife as I know swelling is something you have to watch)
‘I’ve recently had quite a bit of rib pain which I know is something you need to tell your midwife so I have done and we’re keeping on eye on it. Very excited to meet my little one, Love them so much already.’
Helen has been suffering from hyperemesis – a pregnancy complication characterised by nausea, vomiting, dehydration and weight loss. The media personality admitted she wants to ‘eat all the time’ to make herself feel better.
Family first: Helen is already a mother to her daughters Matilda, five, and Delilah, two, who she shares her footballer fiancé and partner of ten years, Scott Sinclair, 31