Lauren Goodger has opened up about her struggles during her second pregnancy, confessing: “I don’t feel like myself.”
The 35-year-old is due to give birth in July, but admitted she is feeling the strain as she also juggles being a mum to her 10-month-old daughter Larose.
Lauren, who is expecting another daughter with boyfriend Charles Drury, also said she is desperate to get her “mind and body back”.
“This has been the hardest time I’ve been through. I don’t feel like myself,” she said. “I’ve been tested to the max and not had it easy, things have been made harder. I am exhausted but I have to stay focused ‘cos this is temporary and I don’t want to complain, as I am very lucky.”
She then added on her Instagram Stories: “I’m strong & I’m a mum I will be grateful for these days I’ll look back and think that was exactly how it was meant to be. And be so grateful how far I’ve come.”
A source close to Lauren tells us: “She is struggling with tiredness as Larose is crawling, climbing and is on the move, and Lauren is chasing around after her all day.
“She also has pelvic pain from carrying the baby. When she was pregnant with Larose she could sit down and relax. But she can’t this pregnancy as she has to care for Larose.”
Our source adds that it’s all been made harder for Lauren by the fact that builder Charles, 24, has been away from home.
“Charlie is working, so as much as he is supportive and great with Larose, Lauren is a stay-at-home mum,” they said.
“She is grateful to be having another baby, but it’s one of the hardest times she has been through.
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“Lauren isn’t sleeping as much as she was before. She is powering through, but she is exhausted.”
Last week, the former TOWIE star revealed she’s hired a doula to help her prepare for the birth. The star, who plans to have a home birth, shared a photo alongside doula Emma, who she explained, has been supporting her both “mentally and physically”.
“My first labour was 7 hours so this time I am hoping for it to be even more amazing!” she said. “I’m absolutely exhausted with minimal support and hands full 24/7 with my @babylarose.x so I’m so grateful to have this help
it’s peace of mind and I can’t wait to share the experience with
In a bid to connect with her baby, Lauren has been practising reflexology: the application of pressure to the feet and hands.
Showing off her growing bump, she tagged reflexologist Lisa Russell and wrote: “When I had Larose I had Lisa do my last session to bring on labour and my waters broke five minutes after the session!
“Honestly it’s helped me today so much that one hour of relaxing and breathing and feeling connected with unborn, just the best. Love my sessions leading to birth, it’s all so true how connected the feet are it’s crazy.”
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