Cara De La Hoyde has revealed her husband Nathan Massey nearly missed the birth of their daughter because he was asleep at home.
The Love Island star, 30, gave birth to Delilah three weeks early on 28 July, after midwives diagnosed her with the early stages of pre-eclampsia.
Cara spent an anxious four days in hospital trying to be induced, while Nathan, 28, had to patiently wait by the phone at home due to coronavirus restrictions.
Baby: Cara De La Hoyde has revealed her husband Nathan Massey nearly missed the birth of their daughter because he was asleep at home (pictured son Teddie, two, kissing Delilah)
After three days trying various methods to induce labour, Cara started getting strong contractions at 3am in the morning.
The reality star was taken to the delivery suite and rang Nathan, who was at home, to tell him she was in labour – but it went straight to voicemail.
Nathan said: ‘I nodded off. If I had missed it I don’t think I would be sitting here now. I just saw the look in her eyes as I walked through the doors and she was like “you’re late”.’
Expecting: Cara spent an anxious four days in hospital trying to be induced, while Nathan, 28, had to patiently wait by the phone at home due to coronavirus restrictions
Last minute: Of only just making the birth, Nathan said: ‘I nodded off. If I had missed it I don’t think I would be sitting here now’
Gorgeous family: The couple went on to say their son has bonded really well with their daughter and that they still ensure they take him out to do activities so he doesn’t feel jealous
Cara added: ‘They broke my waters at 4.30am and by 5.30am she was here. I had two pushing contractions and she came out- no-one expected her to come out the quick.’
Discussing her pre-eclampsia scare, the reality star said people started commenting on how swollen her face was, but Cara put that down to ‘people telling me I was fat’.
But when she went for a check-up, her midwife said the same thing and asked her if she had been experiencing headaches and seeing spots.
WHAT IS PRE-ECLAMPSIA?
Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy complication that causes high blood pressure, which can be deadly for both a woman and her unborn baby if untreated.
It usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure is typically normal.
The most effective treatment is an early delivery; usually via C-section.
However, this may not be best for the baby if it is early on in the pregnancy.
Pre-eclampsia affects about 25,000 women in England and Wales each year, and four per cent of pregnancies in the US.
It can have no symptoms if it develops gradually rather than coming on suddenly.
A blood pressure reading above 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) on two occasions is usually the first sign.
Other symptoms may include:
- Severe headaches
- Blurred vision, temporary loss of sight or light sensitivity
- Upper abdominal pain, particularly under the ribs on the right side
- Nausea or vomiting
- Reduced urination
- Shortness of breath due to a build up of fluid in the lungs
Sudden weight gain, and swelling in the face and hands, are also symptoms, however, these can occur during normal pregnancies.
Pre-eclampsia is thought to begin in the placenta when its blood vessels narrow and do not react to hormones properly.
This reduces the amount of blood that flows through them.
Its underlying cause may be genetic, due to a problem with a woman’s immune system or existing blood vessel damage.
A woman is more at risk if she, or a member of her family, suffered from pre-eclampsia before.
The risk is also highest during the first pregnancy, and if a woman is over 40; obese; black; having a multiple birth, like twins; or conceived via IVF.
Existing medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, migraines and kidney disease also raise the risk.
If untreated, pre-eclampsia can restrict a baby’s growth or cause it to be delivered early.
The placenta can also separate from the uterus wall, which can lead to severe bleeding.
A woman may also suffer seizures, organ damage and even heart disease as a result of untreated pre-eclampsia.
Although treatment is usually inducing labour, if it is too early to deliver the baby, medications may be prescribed to lower a woman’s blood pressure.
There is no clear advice on how to prevent pre-eclampsia, however, research suggests taking a low-dose of aspirin and calcium supplements may help.
Pregnant women should talk to their doctor before taking any drugs or supplements.
Source: Mayo Clinic
After a test, doctors ruled it was best to induce Cara.
She said: ‘I’m not going to lie, I was relieved. My pregnancy with Fred was so easy but with her I’d had indigestion, backache, sciatica and pre-eclampsia so I was quite relieved’.
The couple went on to say their son has bonded really well with their daughter and that they still ensure they take him out to do activities so he doesn’t feel jealous.
Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Cara shared the first snap of the siblings. The toddler, two, looked adorable as he kissed Delilah on the head.
She captioned the snap: ‘So happy that I can finally post my favourite photo on my camera roll. My babies’.
Loving parents: Cara and Nathan are besotted with their baby daughter