Pregnant Louise Thompson was rushed to hospital after coughing up blood amid fears a suspected clot could spark more baby heartbreak following her tragic miscarriage.
The Made In Chelsea star, 31, revealed she’s endured a difficult pregnancy after feeling unwell and being in a ‘high risk category’ due to her autoimmune condition, causing her to have more frequent scans.
In an exclusive interview, Louise admitted she’s fearful of not delivering a healthy baby after miscarrying earlier this year but vows she can handle any future challenges as a new mother once she’s reached the final ‘goalpost’ and given birth.
‘It hasn’t been the easiest road’: Louise Thompson was rushed to hospital after coughing up blood amid fears a clot could spark more baby heartbreak following her tragic miscarriage
Louise, who’s expecting with fiancé Ryan Libbey, 31, told MailOnline: ‘In the beginning I was so happy just to see the two lines on the stick. I was elated. We have wanted another addition to the family for years.
‘I spoke openly about having a miscarriage earlier in the year and it hasn’t been the easiest road to get here so, we’re trying to feel grateful but at the same time I’d be lying if I said I found pregnancy easy. There seems to be a new hurdle every month.
‘Everyone’s experience is different, some people find it a doddle and they feel guilty for saying how easy they found it but I almost feel guilty saying how hard I find it because there are people that can’t get pregnant in the first place.
‘There have been a number of scans and I was quite unwell about three weeks ago. I had to go to Chelsea and Westminster hospital because I was coughing up blood.
‘I had to have scans because they were worried I had a blood clot. The chance of getting a blood clot in pregnancy is a lot higher than not in pregnancy, and I have an autoimmune condition as well. I spent 24 hours there and everything came back fine but because of my condition I’m in a high risk category.’
‘I was quite unwell’: Louise, who’s expecting with fiancé Ryan Libbey (pictured), revealed she’s endured a difficult pregnancy and is in a ‘high risk category’ due to her autoimmune condition
‘I just want to get to that end point’: In an exclusive interview, Louise admitted she’s fearful of not delivering a healthy baby after miscarrying earlier this year
Despite feeling unnerved by her experiences during pregnancy, Louise, who’s due in November, is relieved to have finally passed the six-month milestone.
She added: ‘For me, delivering a healthy baby, that’s where all my fears lie. Anything that comes after that I can handle.
‘I just want to get to that end point in one shape and for it to all turn out well. Anyone that has had fertility issues or a miscarriage, the fear that it will end before that goalpost…
‘The good news is I am about six and a half months now. I shouldn’t even think about this but I am someone that knows all the stats, babies can be delivered prematurely so, I feel like I’m in a really comfortable place now.’
Louise, who rose to fame on E4 reality series Made In Chelsea in 2011, reflected on how her priorities changed when she turned 30, and she questioned why she was ever so concerned with her public image.
‘I’m in a comfortable place’: Despite feeling unnerved by her experiences during pregnancy, Louise, who’s due in November, is relieved to have finally passed the six-month milestone
She said: ‘It’s a combination of turning 30 and you think ‘oh God, why did I care about being cool? Why did I care about what other people thought of me?’ I just want to be with the people that I like and my animals.
‘Now, I’m really excited about the prospect of motherhood. Ryan is apprehensive, and really excited but he’s a little bit more nervous. It’s such a big change.
‘We’re also doing our home renovation project at the moment – the deadlines for both things – I don’t know if one is more predictable than the other, both can be early and both can be late. There’s not a lot of security in that sense.
‘We’re trying to get the nursery sorted in the house at least so at the bare minimum we will have a bedroom and the nursery.’
Louise and Ryan’s new arrival will join the couple’s two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Koji and Toto, and complete their close-knit family.
‘Giving back’: Louise is an ambassador for the UK’s largest pet insurance provider Petplan, who are hosting The Pet Awards this month, giving owners the chance to nominate their animals
Louise is an ambassador for the UK’s largest pet insurance provider Petplan, who are hosting their second award ceremony this month to honour the animals that have change their owner’s lives for the better.
The Pet Awards, that features a range of categories such as Hero Pet of the Year and Rescue Pet of the Year, received over 7,000 entries in 2020, and there’s still the chance to nominate your furry friend for this year’s event.
Entries, which can be submitted via the Petplan website, close on Friday, August 6, with finalists and winners being announced the last week of this month.
Louise explained: ‘Pet insurance is so important, I learned that mistake the hard way when I didn’t have any in the beginning. I am a responsible dog owner and any signs of anything that was potentially wrong, I would go straight to the vets and the bills were tallying up.
‘When Petplan got in touch about wanting to collaborate on a bigger project, I was really keen because I love their ethos. People have until Friday, which is August 6, to enter The Pet Awards and it’s just such a lovely event.
‘I love their ethos’: The Pet Awards received over 7,000 entries in 2020, and there’s still the chance to nominate your furry friend for this year’s event by searching for the Petplan Pet Awards 2021
‘It gives people the chance to enter something for free and pet owners the chance to give back by being able to win prizes. There are different categories, including one for new pets that have adopted into new families.’
Louise believes her dogs are even aware of her pregnancy, and she hopes one day they will feel the baby kick.
She said: ‘They do lay on my tummy now a lot, Koji will lay his head on my tummy, which is the coolest thing ever. I am still waiting for the moment where I feel a kick, and the dogs feel that through my tummy.
‘I am not terribly nervous because they are so good with children. I hate this, but I know people that have got rid of dogs or cats when they’ve had a baby and it’s as though their priorities change. But no one is replacing my pets, they are on a level pedestal.
‘We have a massive bed when we do move back home and the dogs will be on one side, and the baby on the other, we will make it work.’
- Pet owners will be able to nominate their pet for an award on the Petplan website until August 6, with winners announced in the week of August 30