‘Peeing five times a night, not sleeping and can’t see my toes’: Pregnant Kate Lawler shows off her baby bump and gives candid update two weeks before the birth of her first child
Kate Lawler has given a candid update on her pregnancy, as she counts down the days until the birth of her first child.
The Big Brother winner, 40, shared a new photo of her bump on Wednesday night as she revealed she is just 2.5 weeks away from her elective cesarean.
The star is expecting a baby girl with her partner of seven years Martin.
Not long now! Kate Lawler has given a candid update on her pregnancy, as she counts down the days until the birth of her first child, sharing a new bump photo on Wednesday
Posing in black underwear, Kate proudly displayed her bump as she gave an honest update on her third trimester feelings and symptoms.
‘Ho my gosh 2.5 weeks to go!’ she told her followers before adding: ‘Peeing 5 times a night, bump is rock hard, not sleeping much at all, can’t see my toes, nesting like cray.’
The star is in her final week of presenting her Drive Time show for Virgin Radio before taking maternity leave, while she and Martin are also currently filming a new TV show together.
Kate has been very candid throughout her pregnancy and often updates fans on how she’s feeling as her due date approaches.
First child: The star is expecting a baby girl with her partner of seven years Martin, and has shared regular updates throughout her pregnancy
Earlier this month the ex reality star shared her worries that Martin may not be able to attend the birth of their child due to rising Covid-19 cases.
The mum-to-be emotionally admitted in a video shared to her Instagram stories that she is ‘terrified’ at the thought of having to ‘go it alone’.
She explained that she was warned by her obstetrician that ‘there is a chance’ her partner might not be able to go to hospital with her amid the coronavirus crisis.
A teary-eyed Kate told her followers: ‘I’ve been crying, that’s why I look like death. So I’ve just got off the phone with my obstetrician, we were talking about the birth and my abdominal birth has been booked in, six weeks from today I’m going to have it.
Changes: On Thursday, Kate posed in black lingerie and asked her followers for advice on the skin pigmentation around her derriere
‘But because of Covid cases on the rise there’s a chance that Boj might not be able to come to hospital with me and I might have to go it alone.’
She went on to explain 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: ‘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.’
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 in 2020 mothers-to-be were required to go to appointments alone and leave partners, friends or relatives outside.
Kate scheduled an elective abdominal birth on the NHS due to her fear of spontaneous births.
The Big Brother star announced her pregnancy in September, two years after revealing her engagement to Martin.
Concerns: Revealing her anxieties ahead of the birth, Kate shared her worries that Martin may not be able to attend the birth of their child due to rising Covid-19 cases
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