She has taken the motherhood with ease, after welcoming her son Daye Colmic with partner Greg Lake back in June. But Jennifer Metcalfe has now revealed the birth itself was incredibly traumatic, with her son coming to close to death due to a knot in his umbilical cord.
Speaking on Thursday’s Lorraine the actress, 34, admitted her little boy had ‘defied the odds’ against a condition which often ends in stillbirth – before discussing the positive feedback she received from her recent ‘inspiring’ underwear selfie.
Jennifer revealed the darker side to her birthing experience to Christine Bleakley, who was filling in for the usual Scottish host.
Gushing her son was ‘just amazing’, the Hollyoaks actress then explained that little Daye was close to death upon arrival, as he was born with a tight knot in his umbilical cord. Recalling the dramatic time, she explained: ‘As far as labour was concerned I quite enjoyed it, but midwives came rushing in at the end as his heart rate had dropped.’
She went on to reveal that her son had been born with a rare medical condition, which often ends in death, adding: ‘When our little gorgeous boy came out, his cord was in a tight knot. It happens to one in 100 babies, and often ends in stillbirth.’ However proving her child to be a fighter, she added proudly: ‘But our little man defied the odds, and here he is. ‘He’d been battling against it for 9 months, and if he’d tightened it in my stomach, things may have ended differently.’
Despite the tense time, Jennifer was quick to gush of the support she received from her midwives, joking: ‘They made me feel like superwoman. They said I was best pusher in the North East!’ Daye had accompanied Jennifer to the interview with his father Greg, and the pair were seen cuddling and waving sweetly to cameras from the green room. With her face lighting up at the sight of her son, the brunette beauty could not help but gush of Daye – despite admitting life with a newborn had its difficulties. She confessed: ‘Sleep deprivation is a killer, but he’s just amazing and when he smiles at you at 3am, he’s forgiven.’
Jennifer and Greg, who rose to fame on Geordie Shore, welcomed their child after four years of dating (pictured in 2015)
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