Former Celtic WAG Helen Flanagan has announced to fans her current pregnancy will be her last.
The star has entered the third trimester, with only two months to go, but admits her latest journey to motherhood has been a “challenge”.
Helen, who shares daughters daughters Matilda, five, and two-year-old Delilah with ex-Hoops player fiance Scott Sinclair, has been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.
She says the condition – which causes nausea, vomiting, dehydration and weight loss – means she hasn’t felt “like herself”.
And she says the illness has helped her come to the decision that she won’t have any more children in the future.
Sharing an update on the recent highs and lows with Instagram followers, the 30-year-old said: “This is definitely my last pregnancy.
“I had Matilda at 24 and I wanted my children close together and it just feels right for me.
“I would never want to go through the hyperemesis again, it wouldn’t be fair on the children I already have and I want to give each child as much attention as each other.
“I thought I’d feel sad if I knew I was carrying my last but the hyperemis has been a blessing as it’s took that away.
“I’ve definitely found this pregnancy a challenge after having a hyperemesis gravidarum pregnancy and I’ve not really felt like myself since I fell pregnant.
“I still have nausea most days but just grateful that I don’t have hyperemesis gravidarum anymore and can be a mum to the girls and get about doing things.
“What I have liked about being pregnant is my hormones have been really stable. Before I fell pregnant I was getting a diagnosis of PMDD and seeing a hormone specialist as my moods were hugely impacted by my cycle so I’ve really enjoyed not having the highs and lows from my menstrual cycle.”
The former Coronation Street actress has been honest with Instagram followers throughout her pregnancy about the issues she’s faced.
Providing the latest update, she revealed she’s “anxious” about labour and she is trying a hypnotherapy course this time.
She also said she would be happy with either a girl or a boy, after previously stating she’s decided to wait until the birth to find out the baby’s sex.
She added: “I do feel anxious about my labour.
“I’ve always had a bit of a fear about giving birth and I have been scared before each labour though I’ve been really lucky to have two really good positive labours. Midwives are just amazing. I’m trying a hypnotherapy course this time round. For me I work myself up in my head which is way worse than the actual labour.
“I have quite a lot of back pain in this pregnancy and juggling the two girls can sometimes hurt my back more but I’m finding a hot water bottle and baths really help. Scott usually takes over with the bed/bath time routine with the girls but has broke his hand recently in a game.
“I genuinely would love a girl or a boy. I’d love to have three girls and sisters together, a girl gang, and I would equally adore to have a little boy a son as it’s a totally new experience. I just feel lucky to carry with other women close to me not having such an easy time.
“I’ve decided to choose to go to hospital for my labour I did think of maybe a home birth but because I do get more anxious about giving birth I think I might feel calmer in hospital.”