‘My milk has leaked right through my bra’: EOTB star Melissa Reeves ‘says she’s ‘grumpy and emotional’ as she details the ‘hard’ reality of motherhood after sepsis battle
Melissa Reeves has shared a candid insight into her ‘hard’ first few weeks as a mother after revealing she and her newborn daughter battled sepsis during labour.
The former Ex On The Beach contestant, 26, said she was ‘grumpy and emotional’ as she admitted she wanted to be transparent with her followers about the realities of what it’s like to be a new mum.
In one Instagram post, Melissa shared an image as she breastfed her three-week-old baby girl, Vienna Simpson Reeves, noting her breast milk had leaked through her bra overnight.
New mum: Melissa Reeves has shared a candid insight into her first few weeks as a mother after revealing she and her newborn daughter battled sepsis during labour
She captioned the honest snap: ‘I’m probably gonna get a lot of stick for posting this but I don’t really care.
‘I post a lot of glamorous pics of me & my baby, but that’s isn’t the reality of motherhood, and I feel like I shouldn’t create a false illusion.
‘Motherhood is hard, it’s worth it but it is hard. This is the reality….Messy greasy hair, dark circles around my eyes, my boobs are veiny, and huge because I was lucky enough for the baby not to wake up much during the night.
‘Unlike the night before where I got absolutely no sleep. The sleep deprivation makes me cranky, feel grumpy, and sometimes even emotional.
‘In this picture my milk has leaked right through my bra because I some how lost my nipple pad in the night.
‘I smell like baby sick, and there’s pee on my bed where she decided to pee whilst I was changing her nappy during the night.
Honest: In another post, Melissa revealed that she had decided to start pumping in order to share the load of feeding occasionally if she needs a break
Sharing an image of herself using the pumps, she wrote: ‘I’ve decided to start pumping to take some weight off my shoulders so that someone else can occasionally feed Vienna if I need a break or if I need someone to baby sit her’
‘This is what it’s like having a newborn, & I wouldn’t change anything. No matter how tired I feel, or how many poo explosions there are. My baby girl is worth absolutely all of it.’
In another post, Melissa revealed that she had decided to start pumping in order to share the load of feeding occasionally if she needs a break.
Sharing an image of herself using the pumps, she wrote: ‘I’ve decided to start pumping to take some weight off my shoulders so that someone else can occasionally feed Vienna if I need a break or if I need someone to baby sit her.’
Earlier this month, Melissa shared snaps taken during three-day labour and revealed that both she and her daughter battled sepsis following an emergency C-section.
It’s not all glamour! The Ex On The Beach contestant, 26, admitted that she wanted to be transparent with her followers as she posted the realities of what it’s like to be a new mum
Taking to Instagram, the TV personality admitted ‘nothing went smoothly’ and her ‘birth plan went out the window’ alongside photographs of her struggling with the pain while attempting to have a water birth, before sharing a link to a YouTube video.
Melissa captioned the photographs: ‘This time last week I was going through one of the most surreal experiences of my life…. Labour!
‘It was a completely different experience than I ever could have ever imagined, my birth plan went out the window & absolutely nothing went smoothly.
‘I can honestly credit my hypnobirthing course I did with @thismumliverpool for keeping me calm throughout this entire process.
‘Lots of people have messaged asking why my baby & I had to stay in hospital for 5 days so I’ve done a YouTube video just talking about my labour and explaining why we had to stay in the hospital. The link is in my bio.’
Candid: Earlier this month, Melissa shared snaps taken during three-day labour and revealed that both she and her daughter battled sepsis following an emergency C-section
Melissa described her labouring journey, which began on on a Thursday, with her baby arriving three days later on Sunday May 24.
After struggling to get over 2cm dilated for days, having a hormone drip to help bring on active labour and an epidural to help with the pain.
Eventually, after doctors suggested she should consider a caesarean, Melissa was taken into surgery within 20 minutes.
‘I could feel the sensation of them cutting me open and moving around trying to get the baby around.
‘I was so scared but as soon as I heard that baby cry it was like everything just went away.
Saying it how it is: Melissa praised hypnobirthing for helping keep her calm throughout
‘I wasn’t scared anymore. Nothing mattered. And they pulled out the little curtain in front of me and I got to see the baby for the first time.
‘It was so surreal that I forgot that I was just lying on a theatre table with my belly open.
‘Nothing mattered. The pain I’d been going through for the past three days didn’t matter. The love I felt was overwhelming.’
‘After the caesarian. I was 39.6 degrees celsius. Baby had a temperature. I was going a bit faint. It turned out there was an infection in my womb.
‘They took baby away and gave baby some antibiotics. They gave me some antibiotics. We were treated for sepsis. That’s why we were in hospital for 5 days.
Melissa’s babies infection rate started at a terrifying 56 but five days later was down to 6, and the pair were allowed to return home.
New mum: Melissa took to Instagram to announce that she had given birth to a baby girl
Melissa’s video came after she took to social media to announce that she had given birth to a baby girl, sharing the happy news with her 149k followers.
The Liverpool-born reality star welcomed her daughter with footballer Danny Simpson, 33, after a short-lived romance between the pair.
Melissa shared an adorable picture with her newborn as she discussed her traumatic labour experience.
She penned: ’24/05/2020 My world changed forever my baby girl arrived right on her due date words can’t describe how in love with this little angle [angel] I am. I feel so happy and blessed.
‘I was in labour for 3 days, then we had to opt for a C section because it turns out she is one big baby, she’s 8lb 11!!’
Baby daddy: The Liverpool-born reality star welcomed her daughter with footballer Danny Simpson, 33, after a short-lived romance between the pair
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