Kate Lawler has revealed that her waters have broken.
The former Big Brother star took to Instagram on Thursday morning to update fans from hospital and excitedly confirmed she’s preparing to welcome her first child 11 days ahead of her due date, and 4 days ahead of the baby’s planned birth.
Kate, 40 – who is expecting a little girl with her fiancé, and partner of seven years, Martin – enthused: ‘It’s finally happening!’ while awaiting confirmation that she can have her elective cesarean delivery earlier than planned.
It’s finally happening! Kate Lawler, 40, has revealed that her waters have broken and excitedly confirmed that she’s preparing to welcome her first child
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.
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.
‘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
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
Days early: ‘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!’ explained Kate
Baby daddy: Kate is expecting a little girl with her fiancé, and partner of seven years, Martin
Many stars were quick to send their well-wishes to the mother-to-be, with new mum Charlotte Dawson writing: ‘OMG so exciting.’
New dad Marcel Somerville commented: ‘Good Luck Kate. amazing news’ and Vicky Pattison wrote: ‘Good luck gorgeous girl.’
Gemma Atkinson added: ‘Good luck Kate!!! You got this!’ while Vogue Williams enthused: ‘So exciting!’ and Ashley James wrote: ‘OMG! Good luck lovely one. How exciting.’
Star supporters: Many stars were quick to send their well-wishes to the mother-to-be
The Virgin Radio host and Martin are filming a new TV show together, documenting their journey from pregnancy to parenthood.
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.
The presenter has 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’.
Reality stardom: Kate shot to fame on the third season of Big Brother, which she went on to win
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.’
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
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.