Charlotte Dawson is in labour with her her baby boy, the reality star announced on Tuesday morning.
The Ex On The Beach star, 28, shared a photo from her hospital bed, with rugby player fiancé Matthew Sarsfield by her side after a night of trying to kickstart labour.
On Monday, which marked her due date, Charlotte updated her Instagram followers after going for a sweep with her midwife, where she was told her baby’s reduced movements and gestational diabetes complications may lead to an induction.
Not long now! Charlotte Dawson is in labour with her her baby boy, the reality star announced on Tuesday morning after she spent the night trying to kickstart her labour
Charlotte’s at-home techniques of eating a spicy Nandos and having sex did the trick though as on Tuesday morning she shared that she was in labour.
‘I did it … just in labour my darlings. I can’t believe I did most of it at home but thankyou for all your messages. Love you all,’ she wrote alongside the hospital snap.
Matthew also gave an update, writing on his Instagram page: ‘Where all set ready for our little man! Charlottes waters broke at 4.30 so proud of my girl she’s a trooper ❤️’
The proud dad-to-be shared videos of Charlotte bouncing on her pregnancy ball in the early hours of Tuesday at home, and a second clip of his fianceé in hospital and using gas and air, writing ‘doing so well.’
In labour: The star’s rugby star fiancé Matthew Sarsfield also gave an update, writing on his Instagram page: ‘Where all set ready for our little man! Charlottes waters broke at 4.30’
Charlotte has been giving daily updates on her pregnancy, declaring on Monday night after her latest midwife appointment ‘there’s always a drama!’
The star was booked in for a sweep – which involves a midwife or doctorsweeping their finger around the cervix during an internal examination to attempt to separate the membranes of the amniotic sac surrounding baby to bring on labour.
A concerned Charlotte told fans in a series of videos: ‘I’m such a worrier. I’ve just got back from hospital and there’s always a drama. I had my sweep from salad fingers aka the professional sweeper.’
‘She went right up there a right good rummage and she came back to tell me I’m one centimetre dilated and I think my mucus plug thing has gone.’
New arrival incoming: The proud dad-to-be shared videos of Charlotte bouncing on her pregnancy ball in the early hours of Tuesday at home,
Charlotte explained that it was ‘good news’ as it meant her baby was ‘en route’ but the midwife told her she was concerned about his reduced movements.
‘His movements haven’t been as good because I’m literally holding no water for some reason,’ Charlotte told her fans. ‘I’m literally all baby. It’s tight.’
Charlotte said her midwife was also concerned about her unborn baby, partly because she is suffering from gestational diabetes. She added: ‘I went on the monitor and the monitor wasn’t meeting the criteria every time. She wasn’t happy. I was under 4.9 and you’re meant to be over five’
‘She booked me for a scan because I have to be careful with the diabetes. He is nine pounds so she just basically said we really need to think about an induction if you don’t go naturally tonight. Because of the diabetes they are just so worried about him not moving as much.’
Charlotte explained she had another appointment on Tuesday afternoon to monitor her baby but until then she was determined to try everything she could to bring on labour to try and avoid an induction.
Turning to old wives tales, she said: ‘I’ve got my pineapple, I’m going to go on my ball and I think I need sexy time. Apparently nipple stimulation or something so Matthew is in for a right good night, the most action he’s seen all year.’
At around nine pm the mum-to-be headed out to buy some spicy food with Matt and said: ‘Some spicy Nando’s to get baba out. Hot, oh my god, I’m petrified I’ve never ever had extra hot.’
After her extra hot dinner Charlotte lshowcased her baby bump in black underwear as she busted out some dances moves at her home in Manchester.
Celebration! Charlotte Dawson showcased her baby bump in black underwear on Monday, the due date of her little one, as she busted out some dances moves at her home in Manchester
She captioned the amusing Instagram clip: ‘How I’m feeling after my extra hot Nando’s chicken …..’ (sic) alongside crying laughing emojis.
She previously said she hopes that she can delay her labour until February 2 which was the birthday of her late dad, comedian Les Dawson.
The mum-to-be has shared very honest details throughout her pregnancy about how she’s coping.
She has revealed how the last few weeks of pregnancy have been ’emotional’ and said that after her gestational diabetes diagnosis, she’s been missing comfort food and her usual treats.
Having fun: The Ex On The Beach star, 28, showed no signs of labour as she boogied in her living room and uploaded the video to social media
Having a ball: Charlotte styled her chocolate tresses in voluminous waves and she wore minimal make-up
Comedian: She showed her sense of humour as she made a reference to her Nando’s dinner while dancing around
What is induction of labour?
Consultant obstetrician Dr Patrick O’Brien explains that there can be three steps to an induction.
First, the cervix — the neck of the womb — is ‘softened’ using a pessary or gel containing hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. Alternatively, this can be done using a balloon to stretch the cervix mechanically.
Sometimes, this first step alone is enough to trigger labour.
Then, once the cervix has dilated enough, if a woman’s waters haven’t broken, they’ll be broken manually. Again, this can prompt labour. Finally, if labour hasn’t been triggered by the first two steps, a drip of the hormone oxytocin is given to stimulate contractions.
Dr O’Brien says inducing labour this way, in three stages, mimics natural labour much more closely than inductions used to.
‘Twenty years ago, induction got a really bad name,’ he says. ‘They’d start the oxytocin drip straight away, and while that was really good at making contractions come, it would mean they were being forced against a cervix that was rigidly closed, so back then labour did tend to be much longer and more painful.’