Millie Mackintosh has shared a refreshingly open post about the challenges she’s faced around pregnancy on her Instagram account.
The former Made In Chelsea star, who is expecting her first child with husband, Hugo Taylor, in May, has been open about her pregnancy journey over the course of the last few months.
Now, she has shared a post about the less glamorous side of pregnancy, from bladder leaks to water retention in a post many pregnant women will relate to.
Despite her challenges, she said that growing a human “feels like a miracle”.
She said, however, the “miracle comes with a side portion of crazy old symptoms, soaring hormone levels and physical and emotional challenges.”
She shared a photo of her bump alongside the honest post.
“The baby is currently on my bladder making me feel like I need to pee all the time, and don’t get me started on the 4-5 visits to the loo throughout the night!
“A memorable moment would be an evening a few weeks ago when I thought my waters had broken, but much to Hugo's relief It was just my weakened leaky bladder! Oh the joys!!! My least favourite third trimester symptom has been Carpel [sic] Tunnel Syndrome, which causes tingling, pain and swelling in my hands and wrists, which delightfully worsens at night. Who needs sleep hey?”
According to the NHS, carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the carpal tunnel inside your wrist swells and squeezes 1 of your nerve.
Women who are pregnant are at a higher risk of suffering from this.
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Mackintosh continued: “At least my hands and feet are in sync, water retention has re-enforced my love for a good slider... nothing else fits on my feet! Relaxing on the sofa means Hugo can’t go far (luckily he’s on lockdown with me) as he needs to manually hoist me up like a human forklift, which he does every night with the sound effects.”
“I’ve got out of control cravings for sugary cereal and can’t get enough crushed ice with fizzy water and fruit juice, which doesn't bode well with the baby currently using my bladder as a trampoline.
“Time at home has been such a blessing in all this, I schedule in afternoon naps, gentle exercise, meditation, cooking and reading, and every time that I’m greeted with an uncomfortable symptom, I’m also met with a wave of excitement to meet our baby girl.”
The post was welcomed by Mackintosh’s 1.3 million followers, who went on to share their own experiences with 30-year-old.
She continued to share some more advice in the comments below, admitting to getting hot flushes and red cheeks in her third trimester as well.