Emily Andre admits she's 'put off' by pregnancy because of the coronavirus
Emily Andre, 31, has said she has been “put off” having a baby soon due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sharing her thoughts in her OK! magazine column, the doctor and wife of pop star Peter Andre, 47, said she had spoken to a lot of pregnant women and new mums and has been told it’s a “very different experience” to have a baby with COVID-19 restrictions.
Her comments came in the same week many women shared upsetting stories on Twitter of having to give birth alone this year.
Although some restrictions have been lifted, a recent petition has called for all hospitals to allow birth partners for the entirety of labour - something that’s currently not happening everywhere in the UK.
“I've spoken to a lot of people who are pregnant or have given birth during this time and they've told me it's a really different experience because of who can come with them to appointments or even when they're in labour,” Andre explained.
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She married Peter Andre in 2015 and the pair have since had two children - Amelia, six and Theo, three, together.
Peter Andre also co-parents his two eldest children, Junior, 15, and Princess, 13, with former wife Katie Price.
But, plans for further children may have to be put on hold for the time being.
“It slightly puts me off having a baby during this time, because the scans and other aspects are such precious moments that are lovely to share with someone else,” she added.
In the past, Peter Andre has shared his desire to have one or two more children by the time he’s 50.
Speaking about his future baby plans in an interview with The Sun, he said: “I said to Emily, ‘If you want another one then we have to start trying now.’
“I'm 47 and I don't want to be changing nappies at 50 because I've done it so many times over the last 15 years.”
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Although the government hasn’t released official advice about whether people trying to have a baby should put their plans on hold, many couples have felt undecided due to the restrictions in place.
The measures, designed to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, mean many hospitals in England are only allowing birthing partners to be present when the expectant mother is in “established labour” (4cm or more dilated).
However, it is a regularly-changing situation.