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'I felt like I let him down': Emily MacDonagh on how Theo's C-section robbed her of natural birth - as she hints at happier baby news

Mirror logo Mirror 5 days ago Emmeline Saunders

Credits: ITV © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: ITV Emily MacDonagh has hinted that she and Peter Andre are planning more children in an open chat about her disappointing last birth.

The junior doctor, who met Pete in 2010 through her father, gave birth to their daughter Amelia in January 2014 with a natural birth - something she said was "so easy" despite seeing many tragic cases of childbirth throughout her medical career.

When little son Theo came along in November 2016, Emily was expecting her labour and delivery to go along the same lines as her firstborn... but was left feeling robbed when she had to undergo a Caesarean section.

Credits: ITV © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: ITV "Theo was breach - I'd planned to have a natural labour but couldn't," Emily told ITV's Lorraine Kelly on her chat show this morning.

"So it was a planned Caesarean in the end, which I wasn't expecting.

"I felt disappointed, like I'd let him down, because it is more risky having a C-section than a natural birth, so I was worried for him. Obviously I looked into all the risks - I probably ended up worrying more than I should have done."

Lorraine asked whether her medical background made it worse for Emily, as she was all too aware of what could have gone wrong.

"It probably does make it worse because you see the worse-case scenarios all the time," she agreed.

But while the actual operation went well and Theo was delivered safely, it was the recovery afterwards that Emily really struggled with.

"It was a lot harder than I thought it would be, in terms of managing the pain and struggling with breastfeeding, getting him in the right position. Not being able to drive, just the silly things that when you're a new mum makes it really hard.

"I couldn't pick Milly up while I was recovering and it took a good six weeks to feel better."

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But it was husband Peter who came to the rescue, looking after his wife and toddler daughter while Emily took care of her newborn son.

"He was fantastic - he had two people to look after, mum and baby," she went on, before letting slip her big hint about having more children.

"But everything's fine, everything's OK?" asked Lorraine, "And should you want to have more you can?"

Credits: peterandre/Instagram © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: peterandre/Instagram "Absolutely," Emily said. "I'd rather not [have another Caesarean] now I know I can do it with a natural delivery, and I did it so quickly and so easily with Milly.

"I'd like to try with a natural birth next time. I say next time! I'm not..." she trailed off while grinning, clearly thinking that she'd said too much.

It's the second time in the last few days that Emily and Peter have spoken about their future baby plans, as she confessed to feeling broody after hearing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child.

"I have to admit it's also made me quite broody!" she wrote on her OK! online column.

"I'm not sure that's going to happen as I need to get settled back into work first, but never say never when it comes to having more children. Don't tell Pete!"


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