Helen Flanagan has revealed she was rushed to hospital following a nasty fall at home just days before welcoming her son Charlie.
The former Coronation Street star, 30, gave birth to her baby boy in April, but has now revealed that things weren’t as plain sailing as she hoped in the lead up to his birth.
Days before going her due date, Helen suffered a nasty fall at home that left her with a ‘badly bruised coccyx’ but decided against being induced early, so she could still give birth naturally.
Hospital scare: Helen Flanagan has revealed she was rushed to hospital days before giving birth to baby son Charlie after suffering nasty fall at home
Speaking to OK! magazine, Helen explained that she hadn’t spoken about the fall when it happened as she was already feeling ‘anxious’ in the lead up to her due date.
Explaining what had happened, the soap star revealed she had been out at a physio appointment when she arrived at her mum’s house to pick up her daughter Delilah, and Delilah ran straight past her out of the front door.
She shares son Charlie and daughters Delilah, three, and Matilda, six, with football star Scott Sinclair.
Helen had tried to grab Delilah to stop her from heading out to the busy road, but slipped and fell badly on her back.
Badly bruised: The Coronation Street star revealed she fell onto her back and ‘badly bruised’ her coccyx days prior to her due date with doctors asking if she wanted to be induced early
Worried: Helen decided to go ahead with a natural birth as she thought it would be ‘easier’ (pictured above with football star Scott Sinclair)
She said: ‘Five days before my due date I’d had a bad fall and had to go to hospital. I didn’t want to mention it on social media because I was a bit anxious anyway.’
‘My mum lives on a busy road so I grabbed Delilah but I had sandals on and went flying, and landed badly on my coccyx’ Helen revealed.
‘I badly bruised my coccyx. I was a bit worried about it. When I went to hospital after the fall they asked me if I wanted to be induced but I chose not to as I thought it would be easier to give birth naturally.’
Despite her scare, Helen has said giving birth to Charlie is one of her ‘proudest moments’.
Anxious: The mum-of-three, who also shares daughters Delilah, three, and Matilda, six, with Scott, didn’t share news of her fall at the time because she was feeling ‘anxious’
Proud: She welcomed baby boy Charlie in April and told fans giving birth to him was one of her ‘proudest moments’ as a mum (pictured in hospital with Scott after birth)
Announcing his arrival on Instagram in April, earlier this year, Helen shared a black and white where she was seen alongside Scott, cradling Charlie on her chest while in hospital, and said: ‘I was so lucky I had the loveliest midwife looking after me that day and Scott and I are so grateful to her for the safe delivery of our boy.
‘She was amazing and held my hand with Scott through it. I wanted a water birth like I had with Delilah. Delilahs birth was so quick, only two hours and really straight forward. I had to have my waters broken with Charlie though and he pooed so I gave birth on the bed and didn’t let go of my gas and air for a second.
‘I feel like I can do anything now and it was really magical. He was 8lbs 4.5oz which is mine and Scott’s biggest baby our girls were really petite. It was really nice to have Charlie at Bolton Hospital too where my mum gave birth to me.’
‘It was magical’: Despite not getting a water birth like she had planned, Helen said giving birth to her youngest child was a ‘magical’ moment (pictured with son Charlie and fiancé Scott)
Opening up about her pregnancy a month after little Charlie’s arrival, Helen ruled out having another baby ‘for a very long time’ after experiencing severe morning sickness with all three of her pregnancies.
Helen said that after her experience with hyperemesis gravidarum, she feared she wouldn’t be able to look after her children properly if she had it again.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is characterised by severe nausea, vomiting and possible dehydration.
Appearing on ITV’s Loose Women, Helen explained her extreme morning sickness ‘got worse’ each time she was pregnant.
She explained: ‘It got worse with each pregnancy. It was worth everything but it was horrendous.
‘As soon as I found out I was pregnant with Charlie, I said to my mum I hope I don’t get Hyperemesis.I hope I’m OK.
Tough: Since Charlie’s birth, Helen has opened up about her ‘tough’ pregnancy after experiencing extreme morning sickness through all three of her pregnancies
‘I had to live with my mum and dad for three, four months. I couldn’t look after [the kids]. Now I’m not pregnant I feel like a normal mum again, I have loads of energy which is lovely.’
Helen explained that she was given medication to treat the morning sickness while pregnant second time round with Delilah, but she was ‘immune’ to the medication while expecting a third time.
‘You’re constantly sick but it makes you feel low as well, you’re so on your own,’ she said.
‘I couldn’t have the lights on, I couldn’t watch the TV, the lights would just make me feel sick. We’re so lucky to have a baby but Hyperemesis is a tough one.’
When asked whether her hyperemesis ordeal would put her off adding to her brood, Helen responded: ‘Scott will be watching this and be like no!
‘I love having babies but when I think of the Hyperemesis, I couldn’t have another for a very long time because I wouldn’t be able to look after [the children], my poor mum would be looking after everyone.’
Brood: Helen said she is put off having another baby for a ‘very long time’ as she doesn’t want to deal with the sickness again while trying to look after three children