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Louise Thompson has opened up about her traumatic birth, telling followers on Instagram it was 'worse than she remembers'.
The former Made in Chelsea star, 31, has previously opened up about the physical and mental struggle she has faced since welcoming her little boy, Leo-Hunter Libbey, last year.
Louise was kept in hospital for a month after she 'died and came back to life' following serious complications during her little one's birth.
As a result of the traumatic experience, Louise has been fighting depression, anxiety and PTSD.
More recently, as her health begins to improve, Louise has slowly been transitioning back into social media. This week, after returning from a family holiday in Mykonos, Louise shared an update on her health.
"I am a prime example of how someone can look good on the outside and still feel incredibly fragile on the inside," she wrote.
"I’m glad that sharing my story has helped normalise some of your problems and helped people feel less alone in their suffering.
"Quite a lot of you have asked for more details on what actually happened to me. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to do this right now for 2 reasons:
"1. I have a lot of pregnant friends and I don’t want to scare anyone - I would hate to hear my story whilst pregnant.
"2. Apparently I don't know the full extent of what happened to me second time round and I'm not mentally strong enough to go in for my debrief yet. I have however been told by one of my mental health doctors that it's worse than what I think I know, and trust me what I do know is absolutely horrendous so let's just assume the worst and I think you're there."
Louise went on to explain she is currently dealing with mental, colon and uterus issues, before explaining to followers that she's also been on some new medication for around four weeks, which has been a significant improvement on the Sertraline she was prescribed previously.
"I just want to be clear that I have close friends who have had great success on Sertraline so if you’re on it then please don’t panic. Sadly it is NOT a one size fits all policy, we all have a different genetic makeup/physiology," she wrote.
"Personally it made me feel v agitated, like I wanted to drill a hole into both ears and release some pressure in my brain. I couldn't concentrate on anything other than the sheer discomfort. Thankfully (or I wouldn't be alive) it would come in waves so I would have moments of total clarity.
"Aside from that I’ve managed to ween myself off the antipsychotics and I’m gradually starting to have more ‘old Louise’ thoughts. I’ll surprise myself when I have a thought and it’s something that I might have thought BL (before Leo) and then I’m like ‘oh hey, I’m still in there somewhere’."
In some brilliant progress, Louise explained that she has started driving again for the first time in seven months. She is also set to have some diagnostic testing this week to address the issues she's having with her colon.
Louise added that as her periods are yet to return despite having not breastfed for nearly seven months, she's also due to have a pelvic ultrasound to investigate possible reasons.
"Have been handed back over to my gp who has referred me for a pelvic ultrasound scan at the end of this month to see what’s going on. Fertility isn’t an issue I’ve had the capacity to think about. I’m more worried about hormones and rarer complications," she said.
As always, our thoughts are with Louise, Ryan and baby Leo.
If you have been affected by the content of this article, you can find help, support and advice at Mind.
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