Helen Flanagan has welcomed her third child, a baby boy, with her footballer fiancé Scott Sinclair, 32.
The former Coronation Street star, 30, is already mum to daughters Matilda, five and Delilah, two.
Proud dad Scott took to Instagram on Thursday to announce the happy news, telling fans they’ve named their first son Charlie Scott Sinclair.
Congratulations! Helen Flanagan has welcomed her third child, a baby boy called Charlie, with fiancé Scott Sinclair
Scott, who turned 32 on Thursday, shared a candid black-and-white snap showing Helen cradling their little boy while be beamed a grin for the camera.
He penned: ‘I couldn’t ask for a better gift on my Birthday, what a blessing!!! welcome to the world son. Charlie Scott Sinclair 25/03/21.’
Dozens of the couples friends rushed to congratulated them on the new arrival in the comments. with many of Scott’s football pals sending their well wishes.
Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent also gushed over little Charlie leaving several comments saying ‘OMGGGG’ and sharing her surprise at the couple having a boy.
Growing family: The actress, 30, is already mum to daughters Matilda, five and Delilah, two
The announcement comes after Helen originally predicted she would go into labour ‘tomorrow’ on Saturday, March 20.
The actress took to her Instagram Stories to share that she thought she would go into labour soon but joked her ‘predictions are rubbish’ and she’ll probably ‘be a week late’.
She then uploaded another Instagram story and said her footballer beau thought the baby would come on his birthday, a prediction which turned out to be true.
Helen penned: ‘Meaning I’ve always thought I’ll go into labour tomorrow. Scott thinks his birthday.
‘My baby predictions are rubbish though each time with my girls I thought I was having a boy. I’ll probably be a week late now. Baby will come when ready.’
Happy news: Dozens of the couple’s pals left congratulations messages under the candid snap
Bump: The announcement comes after Helen originally predicted she would go into labour ‘tomorrow’ on Saturday, March 20
The media personality recently touched on her arrival in a press release with fitness and wellness community app TRUCONNECT by TV.FIT: ‘I’m so excited.
‘I’m on the home straight and I don’t feel like it’s too long before I get to meet my baby.
‘My girls are super excited about having a new baby brother or sister and I know that Delilah and Matilda will be brilliant big sisters. I think I’ll be two days off my due date, so I think I’ll have my baby on the 21st March!’
Helen revealed the happy news of her pregnancy in September, sharing sweet family photos while showing off her bump.
The whole family posed for the snaps, with Matilda and Delilah proudly holding up ultrasound photos of their new sibling.
Family: Helen revealed the happy news of her pregnancy in September, sharing sweet family photos while showing off her bump
She captioned the post: ‘Our 3rd baby arriving March 2021 @scotty__sinclair’.
It was a difficult pregnancy for the star, who struggled with hyperemesis for the third time – a pregnancy complication that is characterised by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and dehydration.
In a November Instagram post Helen explained: ‘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 and Delilah, Helen continued: ‘I loved being pregnant with Matilda and Delilah.’
‘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.’
Big sisters: The whole family posed for the snaps, with Matilda and Delilah proudly holding up ultrasound photos of their new sibling
‘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 was 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.’
‘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.’
Sickness: It was a difficult pregnancy for the star, who struggled with hyperemesis for the third time – a pregnancy complication that is characterised by severe nausea
Helen went on to explain that she had been forced to move back in with her parents during early pregnancy as Scott 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.
‘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.’
Expecting: In November Helen 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 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.
‘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.’
Helen and Preston player Scott have been in a relationship since 2009 and got engaged in May 2018.
Role model: In June, the actress took to her Instagram to announce she will no longer edit her pictures as she wants to set a confident example for her girls (pictured in a throwback instagram taken in April)
The couple had originally planned to marry in 2020, with Helen previously revealing she’d even found her dream dress, but the actress explained in Ferbruary they had decided to postpone as her younger sister was due to wed in the same year.
Speaking exclusively to the MailOnline after her engagement, Helen gushed about motherhood, declaring it to be her most fulfilling role.
The soap star enthused: ‘I always wanted to have a baby, that’s what I’ve always wanted. I think it’s just made me a lot happier, and gives you perspective and helps you rationalise what’s important. I think it gives you a real purpose.
‘I feel like my girls make me feel like I can do anything. I love being a mum, I love everything of it. Sometimes I’m like “this is going to be really difficult” because I’m tired or whatever, but it is amazing as well and I really enjoy it.’
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