Pregnant Kate Lawler has revealed that her waters have broken and she is in hospital 11 days before her due date.
The former Big Brother winner, 40, updated her followers in a post shared to her Instagram on Thursday morning, explaining that she is now anticipating her first child’s arrival with fiancé Martin four days ahead of her planned caesarian section.
Wearing a face mask and strapped to a monitor, she wrote in the accompanying caption: ‘My waters broke at 5:45 am this morning.’
Kate added that she underwent a Covid test, had her bloods checked and was currently waiting to hear if doctors could fit her in for an abdominal birth later in the day.
‘Boj (Kate’s fiancé Martin) isn’t allowed in until a decision has been made on whether they can fit me in today for an abdominal birth but hopefully they can, and he will be allowed to come with me for the arrival of our little girl,’ she excitedly added.
‘It’s finally happening! x.’
The exciting development comes a week after the Virgin Radio host fuelled rumours she had gone into labour after going quiet on social media.
However, the reality star, who shot to fame after winning Big Brother in 2002, quickly cleared up the speculation, writing in a statement on her Instagram Story: ‘Evening all. Had lots of messages asking if I was okay and some of you thought I’d gone into early labour. I’m fine.’
Kate explained that her absence from Instagram was simply a result of a jam-packed weekend, saying: ‘It was a full-on Friday with my last radio show, followed by filming Friday night, all day Saturday and podcasting Sunday.
‘I also ended up having a busy Monday/Tuesday and not felt 100% today, but tomorrow is a new day. Thank you for caring. Hope you’re all ok. Sending lots of love.’
Meanwhile, Kate, who announced her pregnancy in September, recently admitted she was scared and upset about the prospect of giving birth alone, with the UK in the midst of another national lockdown.
Sharing a video to her Instagram Stories overnight, Kate revealed: ‘I think I should invest in some waterproof mascara, don’t you? I’ve been crying, that’s why I look like death.
‘As someone who has a huge fear of childbirth, the idea of giving birth to my baby alone without the person I love there holding my hand is just terrifying. ‘It’s just not for me, it’s not what I want so of course I’m upset, but there’s nothing we can do.’
NHS guidance currently states having a birth partner present is allowed as long as they do not have symptoms of Covid-19 (and advises having a ‘backup birth partner’ should your main one test positive for coronavirus).
However, it goes on to add there ‘may be limits’ on the amount of time the person is allowed to stay for following the birth.