Pregnant Lauren Goodger cradles her baby bump as she holds a cluster of pink balloons after revealing she is expecting a girl with Charles Drury
Lauren Goodger showed off her growing baby bump on Wednesday morning as she prepares to welcome her first child with partner Charles Drury.
The pregnant former TOWIE star, 34, recently announced she is expecting a baby girl in a gender reveal video shared with Instagram followers.
And she acknowledged the sex of her unborn child by holding a cluster of baby pink balloons while posing for photos close to her Essex home.
She’s expecting: Lauren Goodger showed off her growing baby bump on Wednesday morning as she prepares to welcome her first child with partner Charles Drury
Sporting a grey maternity co-ord, Lauren looked radiant as she placed a hand on her prominent baby bump while holding the colourful balloons aloft.
The TV personality previously revealed her boyfriend, 23, will have control over her birthing plan as they prepare to welcome their first child together.
In a new interview, Lauren revealed the builder has been ‘very involved’ during her pregnancy and insisted he’s ‘much more emotional’ than her.
It’s a girl: The pregnant reality star acknowledged the sex of her unborn child by holding a cluster of baby pink balloons while posing for photos close to her Essex home
The mother-to-be, who recently confirmed she’s expecting a girl, said: ‘He’s very involved. You know the birth and how it’s normally up to the mum? Well, I have to ask Charlie!’
On how her beau reacted to the baby news, the businesswoman told new! magazine: ‘He cried! He said, ”I’m really happy it’s a girl now, I’ve got a real soft spot for a girl.” Charlie couldn’t wait to tell his family and friends.’
The media personality added that she’s considering a water birth, and joked about the realities of giving birth.
Close relationship: Lauren previously revealed her boyfriend Charles Drury will have control over her birthing plan as they prepare to welcome their first child together
Lauren said: ‘I’m always in the bath. I feel like that will really relax my back, my muscles, my n**n. The only reason I’d like to do it in the bed is it would be nice for photos. I’m having a blow-dry, a spray tan and I’m having my make-up done.
‘I want to have good memories to keep. I’m only joking – I’ll be holding the baby in tears, dripping with sweat and probably with my hair all over the place.’
A water birth is when the pregnant woman is in a birthing pool filled with warm water for at least part of their labour, delivery, or both.
Support system: In a new interview, the former TOWIE star revealed the builder has been ‘very involved’ during her pregnancy and insisted he’s ‘much more emotional’ than her
It’s a girl! Earlier in the week, the reality star and the hunk shared the heartwarming moment they discovered they’re having a girl in a cute gender reveal clip
‘I’ll be holding the baby in tears with my hair all over the place’: The media personality added that she’s considering a water birth, and joked about the realities of giving birth
It can take place in a hospital or at home with medical staff on hand to help the woman deliver their baby.
The beautician, who is 22 weeks pregnant, previously took to Instagram Stories to ask others what their experience was like.
The blonde wrote: ‘Been thinking about a water birth has anyone had one? DM me would to chat about how you found it?’
‘Each day is one closer to holding you’: In an accompanying message, the amateur football player enthused about meeting their ‘beautiful little girl’
A source told MailOnline: ‘Lauren is taking her birth really seriously having seen other people having water births and thinks it could be for her.
‘She thinks it seems calming and wants the calmest labour for her and her baby.’
Earlier in the week, the reality star and the hunk shared the heartwarming moment they discovered they’re having a girl in a cute gender reveal clip.
The couple appeared in great spirits as they popped a balloon to unveil pink confetti, before sharing a kiss.
In an accompanying message, the amateur football player enthused about meeting their ‘beautiful little girl’.
A smitten Charles wrote in a caption: ‘WE ARE HAVING A GIRL. Can’t wait until you’re with us beautiful little girl.
‘I feel like a king, Your mum my queen & you our princess! I promise you you’ll be born into a world of nothing but love, happiness & safety, you’ve made me see life in a totally different way, I’ve got everything I want, my own little family.
‘Each day is one closer to holding you in my arms but until then keep cosy in that tummy it’ll soon be time for you to meet me & your mummy♥️ (swipe for a balloon pop, it nearly knocked me off my feet).’ (sic)
Water births: Less pain for mum and less stress for baby
Water births are a popular alternative to giving birth in air because many mothers find the feeling of being submerged in hot water means they experience less pain during contractions and the birth itself.
Water births work because the breathing reflex is triggered by the change in temperature as the baby is born and the sensation of air on the skin.
This means that, provided the baby remains fully submerged in warm water, they continue receiving oxygen through the umbilical cord until they surface meaning they do not drown.
While there is no clear statistical evidence that babies born in water receive heath benefits, that means the opposite is also true – that there are no clear negative effects either.
However, water births are usually not recommended for mothers who have suffered complications during their pregnancy because the baby may need to be monitored with sensitive electronic equipment that cannot go in the pool.
Water births are also not recommended for very overweight mothers who may struggle to get out of the pool should their birthing plan need to change quickly.
If undertaking a home water birth, efforts should be taken to keep the water below 37C. A higher temperature risks overheating the baby and causing undue stress.
While lower temperatures are not recommended, this is largely because it negates many of the benefits to the mother – such as increased comfort – rather than because it could harm the child.
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