Shaughna Phillips has shared how she feared for her baby’s health before feeling her child move for the first time.
The 28 year old former Love Island star has told us that the anxiety she felt about her bundle of joy’s wellbeing had prevented her from fully enjoying her pregnancy experience.
She explained, “Everyone always says there’s a golden 12-week mark, where all the worries simply go away, but it’s not like that at all. It was after I felt the baby move for the first time that I started relaxing. It’s reassuring.
“But before you feel that, it’s a scary time. I think it consumed my whole mental health prior to the movement.”
Describing being pregnant as a “miracle”, Shaughna went on to share how pregnancy apps and her experience in hospital, when her father sadly passed away, also left her fearing for her child.
“I’ve actually tried to take a step back from pregnancy apps. And I feel like I’ve only had a negative experience when it comes to medical scenarios. I’m instantly a pessimist as a result…”
But, since the baby has started moving, Shaughna has started feeling more connected to her child. “It’s incredible to think there’s like an actual human moving around inside me,” she added.
It comes after Shaughna discussed her worries in her new OK! column.
She said: "Everyone talks about pregnancy being a beautiful thing, but I've noticed – just from speaking to pregnant friends – it is the most worrying time that I've ever had in my life.
"You think that it's just this most magical time of growing your child, but you are constantly on edge about… Is the baby okay? Is the baby doing what it's supposed to be doing? Was that feeling normal? You are constantly worrying.
"It's an anxiety that is justified because you're doing something you've never done before; you're growing a human. That, of course, is anxiety-inducing."
Shaughna announced her pregnancy with her first child with partner Billy in October, sharing her excitement at embarking on the adventure of parenthood.
The star had come off the pill over the summer and fell pregnant just two months later, describing the moment she saw the positive test as an "out-of-body experience".
She told us at the time: "I came off the pill because we’d had the conversation about having children. I said, 'I don’t really want kids before I’m 30 but I want to be off it and I want to let my body adjust.'
"But I got pregnant two months after I came off. I was so shocked. It wasn’t an accident, but it definitely came out of the blue because it happened a lot quicker than I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the most convenient time. We’re living at my mum’s and we’re building a house pretty much from scratch, but is there ever a right time?"
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