Lauren Goodger is bursting with excitement as she makes her way through the final stretch of her first pregnancy. The reality TV star is 33-weeks pregnant with her baby girl, and seems more content and settled than ever when we catch up with her.
“A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have wanted to dedicate my life to being pregnant, but now I’m not in that head space, so the last couple of years have changed me,” she tells OK! VIP readers. See the rest of chat by signing up – for free! – below.
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Just before our exclusive chat, Lauren and her boyfriend Charles Drury, 23, found out she can have the natural home birth she has always wanted.
“I can set up a birthing pool in my front room with candles, relaxing music and I’ll call the shots,” she says.
Although she’s clearly thriving in her third trimester, pregnancy hasn’t been an easy journey for Lauren. The 34-year-old has suffered severe bouts of anxiety, one of which resulted in a panic-stricken dash to hospital when she couldn’t feel her baby girl move.
But in a much happier place now, Lauren opens up about her joy of becoming a mum, embracing her pregnancy figure and why she’s undecided whether to get pregnant again straight after the arrival of her little girl…
Lauren, you look gorgeous. How are you finding your changing pregnant body?
Do you know what’s funny? I’ve been quite comfortable being pregnant, even though my body has changed a bit more over the last few weeks. I did have just a nice bump, but now the boobs are dropping and everything’s changing. Obviously I had a boob job, but now I’m thinking, “I’m going to have to get these boobs sorted after!” My arms and legs are bigger, too. I’m very lucky, because the midwife said I’ve got a really neat bump. I feel confident because I’m not fat, I’m pregnant. I feel like I’m glowing and I’m embracing being pregnant.
Now you’ve had your final scan, is it becoming more real now that you’re going to be a mum?
Yes, but it doesn’t register that I’m having a baby. I’m starting to realise that in a few weeks time I’m going to have a baby that’s going to be with me for the rest of my life – it’s a really bizarre thought. It’s weird but beautiful and an amazing experience.
Will your little girl be your best friend?
Yes, definitely. There’s obviously a reason why I’m having a baby now – to give me more purpose in life. Before this I would find any excuse to go out and would always be the last one home. I love socialising, but I’ve grown into being more settled. A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have wanted to dedicate my life to being pregnant, but now I’m not in that head space, so the last couple of years have changed me. I feel like I’m going to be a good mum.
What kind of mum do you think you’ll be?
Fun. I’ve also got quite a lot of patience and understanding. Where I had such a funny upbringing with my mum, I will never not want to be with my child.
Do you have any contact with your mum now?
No, I haven’t heard from her or seen her, but she’s probably got her own stuff going on. It’s a shame if she misses out, but I’ve got so much going on I need to keep positive and focused on my baby.
Is it upsetting that your mum won’t be involved in your daughter’s life?
It doesn’t upset me, but it’s a shame she’s missed out on the pregnancy.
What’s been the hardest thing about pregnancy?
My anxiety and not being able to move how I want. Where you normally just get up and walk… I roll! It hurts my pelvis, so I have to scooch. I don’t want to do anything too quick to disturb her. The good things are how your body changes gracefully and I feel beautiful being pregnant. I love my bump and I’ve got this beautiful gift coming. I’m so happy that I’m having a girl. I feel really content and that I’ve got a purpose in life now. Get the violins out [laughs].
Ha. How are you feeling in terms of your anxiety now?
I don’t think I’m fully over it, I’ve had a couple of anxiety episodes recently, because I’ve been stressed out. I feel those are natural emotions and I’m having support from my midwife. I feel like I’m always going to have a little bit of anxiety and I’m going to get a bit of help. But I do feel so much better and I haven’t had an episode like when I went to the hospital, which is good.
Are you going to have therapy?
It’s something I’m thinking about and it’s so important to keep your mental health in check while pregnant.
And you’ve been given the all clear for a natural home birth…
Yes, I’ve got a doula and a midwife who I’m meeting next week and we’re going to talk about a home birth. I think being at home I haven’t got to pack a bag and haven’t got to drive anywhere and I’m much better being at home and without people around me. Birth is so about the mind and connecting to the body. I’m low risk, I haven’t got high blood pressure and the baby is perfect and a good size. She’s strong and in a good position.
That’s really good to hear!
I can set up a birthing pool in my front room with candles, relaxing music and I’ll call the shots. The more relaxed I am, the more chance she’s going to come out smoothly. I’m starting to relax now, so I’m in the right mindset for the birth. I’m even starting to do yoga one-to-one.
As long as I’m thinking positive I will be all right. I’m excited now – but she’s going to be a big baby. Charles was 10lbs and I was six or seven pounds, but she’s 5lbs 1oz now. She’s going to be about 9lbs! But I’m going to get my designer vagina done after [laughs].
Are you scared about the birth?
I am. I spoke to my midwife and we’re going to do some sessions more intensely, like yoga and hypnobirthing. I’m going to try and do some reflexology too. I am scared, because I don’t know what to expect. No one’s ever said, “It’s really easy!”, but then my mum’s had four. It’s the most natural thing you can ever do!
And you’ll have Charles there supporting you, too…
Yeah, he’ll probably be crying. It’s going to be a beautiful experience for him, so that’s why I’m going to get him involved in the hypnobirthing.
Do you dream about the moment you first meet her?
I think about it all the time. The moment she comes out, they put her on me and I look at her and go, “Oh my God.” I’m going to leave the cord in her for an hour, so all the goodness comes from the placenta. I also want a little boy now.
Oh, so you want another baby quite soon?
Well, I want to get my body back and my boobs sorted out and I could do that and get pregnant again, but there’s no point getting my body done and then get pregnant, is there?
So, you’re going to get your boobs done after this baby?
I think so. I want my implants out. But I’ll be breastfeeding, so I don’t want to mess around with anything, so I’ll see what they look like once I’ve had the baby. They might just be floppy at the minute, because they’re full of milk. We do say sometimes that we’ll have another one straight away, but f*****g hell! [Laughs].
What about a wedding? When are you going to fit that in?
Listen, we’re going to get married, definitely. We’ll either get married first and then have a baby or we’ll have another baby and
then get married. Let’s have this one first!
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