Catherine Tyldesley has opened up about her latest pregnancy struggles after previously admitting she was suffering from insomnia.
Taking to Twitter in the early hours of the morning, the former Coronation Street said that she was “hungry”, “emotional” and has “fingers like sausages”.
The 38 year old wrote at 2:53am: “Wide awake. Hungry, emotional, fingers like sausages…
“Babies doing high kicks/the can-can … today’s gonna be a loooooooong day”.
She added a series of crying emojis.
Catherine’s 400,000 followers were quick to share their sympathies with the actress, with one writing: “I am so sad for you”.
Another added: “Oooh remember it well!”
Catherine, who recently showed off her bare bump, announced she was expecting her child last month, and it’s a girl!
She and her husband Tom Pitfield are already parents to son Alfie, six.
The star, who is due in April, has admitted that this time she’d love a relaxing birth in a lbirthing pool after being “hospitalised, induced with synthetic hormones and cut downstairs” during her first labour with Alfie.
Sharing a snap of herself straight after Alfie’s birth, Catherine penned: 'Your "Birth Story" might not always go to plan. Mine didn't.
“With a birthing pool set up in our conservatory and a very holistic midwife, I was hell bent on having a natural birth at home.
“I had my heart set on an idyllic birth, daffodils just starting to bloom in the garden and the odd butterfly roaming past as I held my newborn son. Alas, this wasn't the case.
“I ended up 15 days overdue, and needed to be hospitalised and induced.”
She continued: “'I was then induced with synthetic hormones… everything that I didn't want.
“Contractions were thick and fast and suddenly my midwife spraying lavender oil in my face wasn't cutting it for my pain threshold!
“Babies heart rate started to dip and I was prepped for a C-Section. When suddenly as if by magic, I felt the need to push! They reluctantly checked me again – I'd gone from 2cm to 8cm in a matter of minutes.
'”With gas and air I pushed for an hour, towards the end the midwives cut me downstairs to get the baby out… but honestly… I didn't feel a thing. Adrenaline had taken over.
“Eye of The Tiger was playing and I was in full competition with myself!! This was it! The final encore! Come on Cath!! You can do this!! With Tom by my side like some kind of professional boxing coach- Alfie finally arrived!”
Catherine concluded: “I didn't have the birth I dreamed of… but not one bit of that mattered. He was here. We were all safe, all healthy and all abundantly grateful to medical staff around us.
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“This time, I'm much more chilled. What will be will be. I'd love to birth my daughter in a birthing pool, but honestly – I'd go through any which way to get her here safely. Birth is magic. It is a miracle. However it happens!
“I just want to make sure i am being open and honest to help prepare others – it's not always rainbows and butterflies.”
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