Pregnant Catherine Tyldesley admits she’d love a home birth as she recalls first labour
She announced last month that she is expecting her second child with her husband Tom Pitfield.
And on Friday, Catherine Tyldesley admitted she’d love a home birth as she recalled being ‘hospitalised, induced with synthetic hormones and cut downstairs’ during her first labour – but also insisted she’d ‘go through any which way’ to get her unborn daughter here safely.
The pregnant actress, 39, took to Instagram where she uploaded candid shots from when she welcomed son Alfie back in March 2015, and explained that her dream ‘idyllic’ birth plan went out of the window when she ended up 15 days overdue.
Candid: On Friday, Catherine Tyldesley, 38, admitted she’d love a home birth with her second child as she recalled being ‘hospitalised’ during her first labour
Catherine penned in a lengthy caption: ‘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 over due, and needed to be hospitalised and induced.
‘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.
The pregnant actress took to Instagram where she uploaded candid shots from when she was ‘induced with synthetic hormones’ before welcoming son Alfie back in March 2015
‘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!
‘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.
‘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.’