Kate Lawler has revealed that her newborn daughter is out of her incubator after being rushed to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with breathing issues.
The former Big Brother star, 40, welcomed her first child with her fiancé and partner of seven years, Martin, in the early hours of Friday morning after a ‘complicated birth’.
Taking to Instagram on Saturday, Kate revealed that her newborn daughter was out of her incubator after she was rushed to NICU one hour after she gave birth.
Update: Kate Lawler has revealed that her newborn daughter is out of her incubator after being rushed to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with breathing issues
The Virgin Radio host also sweetly shared the first snaps of her baby girl as she and fiancé Martin proudly cradled her in their arms.
Writing a lengthy caption, the star said that her baby girl ‘thankfully improved quite quickly’ and that they can ‘hopefully’ come home on Sunday or Monday at the latest.
Kate also admitted that the last two days had been ‘incredibly overwhelming, tiring and not what we expected’.
She penned: ‘After a wonderful, complication-free abdominal birth yesterday lunchtime thanks to the kind and caring NHS staff, our little girl was born on 11.02.2021 at 2:01pm.
‘Look who’s out of the incubator’: The former Big Brother star, 40, welcomed her first child with her fiancé and partner of seven years, Martin, in the early hours of Friday morning after a ‘complicated birth’
Doting mother: Taking to Instagram on Saturday, Kate revealed that her newborn daughter was out of her incubator after she was rushed to NICU one hour after she gave birth
‘She was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit an hour later as she was having issues with her breathing, which isn’t uncommon in babies who are delivered abdominally as sometimes the fluid isn’t drained properly from their lungs.
‘We were informed it was either that or an infection, but from the most recent consultant update, it’s looking less like an infection which is great news.
‘Thankfully our little lady improved quite quickly, coming off oxygen last night and onto assisted air.
‘Meanwhile I tried to get up and out of bed around 10pm once the feeling was back in my legs, but I threw up (brilliennnnnt) so I had to go back to bed.
So sweet: The Virgin Radio host also sweetly shared the first snaps of her baby girl as she and fiancé Martin proudly cradled her in their arms
Candid: Writing a lengthy caption, the star said that her baby girl ‘thankfully improved quite quickly’ and that they can ‘hopefully’ come home on Sunday or Monday at the latest
‘Overwhelming’: Kate also admitted that the last two days had been ‘incredibly overwhelming, tiring and not what we expected’
‘But at 2:30am this morning I was finally mobilised, had my catheter out, had a wash, brushed my teeth and walked to the baby unit where I was able to hold my daughter skin on skin and she breastfed for two hours from 5:30-7:30 which was beautiful, very calming and she latched to both sides.
‘They tried taking her off the tubes at 8am this morning and her respiratory rate went up too high so although she’s still on the tubes, her checkup at 10am today was positive.
‘She’s a healthy weight, everything else is perfect, there’s a murmur on her heart which they’re monitoring but again is very common in newborn babies and they’re going to see if she can breath unassisted again this evening.
‘I’ve been in to visit her three times, thankfully Boj has been as well and we’ve been told hopefully we can come home on Sunday, Monday at the latest.
‘The last two days have been incredibly overwhelming, tiring and not what we expected but she’s here and in the best possible care. The outpouring of love from family and friends we’ve received has been staggering.
‘Thank you so much for all the love, well wishes and kindness, and a special thank you to my darling fiancé who I couldn’t have got through these last two days without. I love you and I’m so lucky to have you.Xx.’
Later on Saturday, Kate shared a sweet snap of her newborn daughter in a hospital cot as she penned: ‘Look who’s out of the incubator…’ followed by a strong arm, heart and baby emoji.
The former Big Brother star also shared a collection of candid snaps from before and after giving birth to her Instagram Story, as well as her fiancé Martin, also known as Boj.
Updates: The former Big Brother star also shared a collection of candid snaps from before and after giving birth to her Instagram Story
Sweet: She also posted some shots with her fiancé Martin, also known as Boj
Kate welcomed the couple’s daughter in the early hours of Friday morning after a ‘complicated birth’.
The star’s fiancé Martin announced the happy news via social media, joking that their little one, adorably nicknamed Nuchky, is ‘gorgeous and has lots of hair’.
The birth comes after Kate’s waters broke on Thursday, 11 days before her due date and four days before her planned caesarean section.
Sharing a selfie leaving the hospital in the back of a taxi, Martin wrote: ‘Nuchky is gorgeous and has lots of hair which makes me think Kate definitely has a hairy lover out there.’
He previously said: ‘Hi everyone – sorry for the radio silence, it’s been a long day. Nuchky is fine, fit and healthy, as is Kate.
Lovely: Kate sweetly gushed over Martin as she said: ‘Thank you for being my side, always. I love you x’
‘We had a bit of complication but Nuchky is ok and on the quick mend and will be with us tomorrow, all being good.
‘@KateLawler is absolutely pooped so I’ve left her to sleep and I’m going to try and get some shut eye myself.
‘I didn’t know how else to tell the news except with these s**t cab selfies but thank you for all of your messages.
‘It’s been an overwhelming day. I’m glad to see she has about 200,000 aunties ready to march for her if she ever needs help.’
Kate announced she had gone into labour on Thursday morning, four days ahead of her baby’s planned birth by caesarean section.
Happy news: Kate welcomed the couple’s daughter in the early hours of Friday morning after a ‘complicated birth’
Alongside a photograph of herself strapped up to monitors and wearing a facemask, Kate explained she was waiting to find out if she can be scheduled in for an abdominal birth.
She wrote: ‘Good morning all. My waters broke at 5:45am this morning.
‘I’m in hospital 11 days before my due date and 4 days ahead of my planned birth but I guess little Nuchky is ready to meet us!
‘I’ve been monitored, had bloods and Covid test and am now waiting to hear from the doctor.
Parents: The star’s fiancé Martin announced the happy news via social media, joking that their little one, adorably nicknamed Nuchky, is ‘gorgeous and has lots of hair’
‘Boj isn’t allowed in until a decision has been made on whether they can fit me in today for an abdominal birth but hopefully they can and he will be allowed to come with me for the arrival of our little girl. It’s finally happening! x’
Kate, who won the third series of Big Brother back in 2002, had scheduled an elective abdominal birth on the NHS due to her fear of spontaneous births.
Kate revealed she was expecting a baby girl in a video in November, accompanied by the Beyoncé track, Run The World (Girls).
The reality star confirmed her plans to overrun the household with females was ‘nearly complete’ as she brandished a pair of adorable pink shoes while holding her dog Shirley, who excitedly licked her face.
Happy: Sharing a selfie leaving the hospital in the back of a taxi, Martin wrote: ‘Nuchky is gorgeous and has lots of hair which make me think Kate definitely has a hairy lover out there’
She posted: ‘My long term plan to assume total control over the household is nearly complete (Just kidding).
‘We are both delighted to share with you all, that we are having a little girl. Happy Sunday everyone.’
The Big Brother star announced her pregnancy in September, two years after revealing her engagement to Martin.
Kate was previously adamant about never wanting children, until she turned 40 and realised Martin was the one she wanted to have a baby with.
‘It’s happening!’: Kate announced she had gone into labour on Thursday morning, four days ahead of her baby’s planned birth by planned caesarean section
Update: Alongside a photograph of herself strapped up to monitors, and wearing a facemask, Kate told her followers that she was waiting to find out if she can be fit in for an abdominal birth
Speaking to Hello! magazine recently, Kate explained that she and Martin started trying for a baby after their wedding was cancelled and she’s ‘never felt more ready’ to be a mum.
The former Love Island star explained: ‘The wedding got cancelled and I wasn’t thinking about a baby at all.
‘But when we rebooked it for the following year, a few of our friends and family said we could have a baby between now and then.
‘I laughed, but then I turned 40 in May and suddenly I felt grown up and like I was ready for something and I didn’t know what it was.’
In December, Kate explained her reasons for opting for a C-section through the NHS and her fears of going into labour.
WHAT ARE THE MEDICAL REASONS FOR A CAESAREAN?
There are various reasons why a doctor may recommend that you have a caesarean section instead of giving birth vaginally.
If you had complications in a previous pregnancy or birth, or in your current pregnancy, you may be advised to have what’s called a planned or elective caesarean, or a planned repeat caesarean.
If you were planning to give birth vaginally, but complications during labour or birth mean that you’re advised to give birth by caesarean, you’ll have what’s called an unplanned or emergency caesarean.
Here are some reasons why doctors may opt for a planned or emergency caesarean, rather than a vaginal birth:
- You’ve already had at least one caesarean section.
- Your baby is in a bottom-down, or breech, position.
- Your baby is in a sideways (transverse) position, or keeps changing its position (unstable lie).
- You have a low-lying placenta (placenta praevia).
- You have a medical condition, such as heart disease or diabetes.
- You have lost a baby in the past, either before or during labour.
- You’re expecting twins or more.
- Your baby is not growing as well as it should be in your womb.
- You have severe pre-eclampsia or eclampsia, making it dangerous to delay the birth.
In the run-up to the birth, she detailed: ‘9 weeks to go! 30 weeks pregnant today and knowing that little Nuchky’s arrival is at 39 weeks has made my day.
‘I had a really positive video call with an NHS obstetrician about birth options and we discussed my fear of childbirth along with various facts and figures on both abdominal and spontaneous births.’
‘Thankfully she was understanding and told me that with elective abdominal births on the NHS, they’ll book me in for my due date minus 7 days which is February 15th, the day after Valentines Day.’ (sic)
The presenter previously shared her worries that Martin may not be able to attend the birth of their child due to rising COVID-19 cases.
She explained that she has a ‘huge fear of childbirth’ and said she is ‘upset’ at the thought of welcoming her baby ‘without the person I love holding my hand’.
Kate continued, thinking of others who have endured the process alone: ‘So first of all, my heart goes out to any woman who’s had to give birth without their partner there.
‘As someone who has a huge fear of childbirth, the idea of giving birth to my baby alone without the person I love there holding my hand is just terrifying.
‘It’s just not for me, it’s not what I want. So of course I’m upset, but there’s nothing we can do.’
The former reality star has been very candid throughout her pregnancy and often updated fans on how she was feeling as her due date approached.
Last week, Kate revealed that she’s ’embracing’ all of the changes she’s going through, including the weight gain and having ‘nipples like cigarette butts’.
Speaking on her Maybe Baby podcast with her beau and guest Giovanna Fletcher, the Big Brother winner admitted she’s found the entire process fascinating.
She said: ‘I’ve really embraced the changes in my body. It’s the biggest I’ve been and I love it.
‘I even love my massive areolas and the fact my nipples look like cigarette butts, I do love it.’
The Virgin Radio host and her fiancé and partner of seven years are filming a new TV show together, documenting their journey from pregnancy to parenthood.
Current NHS guidelines set out in mid December state that pregnant women should be allowed to take someone with them to hospital appointments and have them by their side during labour.
Under COVID regulations brought in 2020 mothers-to-be were required to go to appointments alone and leave partners, friends or relatives outside.
Ready for change: Kate was previously adamant about never wanting children, until she turned 40 and realised Martin was the one she wanted to have a baby with
CURRENT NHS GUIDELINES FOR MATERNITY SERVICES IN ENGLAND
In December 2020 the NHS issued new guidelines for all hospital trusts in England ‘to urgently complete any further action needed so that partners can accompany women to all appointments and throughout birth.’
Three steps have been advised:
1. Undertake a risk assessment in each part of maternity service to identify precisely whether and if so where there is an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission if support people are present (eg if space prevents social distancing)
2. Make changes to the configuration of space used to provide care and/or how the available space is used to address the issues highlighted in the risk assessment, alongside provision of other appropriate infection prevention and control measures, including training and PPE
3. Use your available testing capacity (eg PCR, rapid PCR testing, or lateral flow testing) to test women and their support people to help mitigate infection risks, in particular for scan appointments, for fetal medicine appointments, at birth, and for parents whose babies require neonatal care. Treat support people who test negative as part of the team supporting the woman