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Simon Thomas’ baby girl born eight weeks early after wife ‘rapidly falls ill’

Simon Thomas’ baby girl born eight weeks early after wife ‘rapidly falls ill’

Our thoughts are with Simon, Derrina and their baby girl

TV presenter Simon Thomas has welcomed a baby girl with wife Derrina.

Simon revealed that Derrina gave birth to their little one eight weeks early, after doctors found she had taken 'rapidly ill'.

It is believed Derrina had been suffering from preeclampsia - a condition that causes high blood pressure and can be serious for both mother and baby.

Simon revealed that wife Derrina gave birth to their little one eight weeks early.

Writing on Instagram, Simon said: "Not everything in life goes quite according to plan.

"One moment we think we’ve got eight weeks until our little one arrives; the next, after Derrina fell rapidly ill, we’re suddenly welcoming into the world a very tiny, but hugely precious baby girl weighing just over three pounds.

"The #neonatal team at #stokemandeville hospital were simply incredible and held our hands physically and in spirit the whole way through a very fear filled and stressful day yesterday.

"I cannot express how proud and blessed I feel right now - I have a beautiful, brave wife in @derrina , a precious son and now a tiny, wonderful daughter and sister for our boy Ethan."

Alongside the post, Simon also tagged #preeclampsia in his caption.

"We have a long road ahead of being in hospital for the next few weeks; but we have the best team around us," he added.

"Thank you Stoke Mandeville, thank you #nhs for being there for us and thank you God for blessing us as a family so much."

Their baby girl weighed just over three pounds.

Since sharing the post, the former Blue Peter presenter has been flooded with support from friends and followers.

One wrote: "Ah huge congratulations x hope you all get to go home very soon."

Meanwhile, another said: "Congratulations to you all. How wonderful a little baby girl. My son was born at 29 weeks and is 3 and half now and thriving."

And a third added: "Congratulations firstly on becoming a family of 4! Wishing baby girl and @derrina a speedy recovery!"

We're wishing both Derrina and their baby girl a speedy recovery!

Fans have been sending their well wishes.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from 20 weeks) or soon after their baby is delivered.

Early signs of pre-eclampsia include having high blood pressure and protein in your urine - often picked up in antenatal appointments.

Further symptoms can develop, including:

severe headache

vision problems, such as blurring or flashing

pain just below the ribs


sudden swelling of the face, hands or feet

You can find more information on the NHS website.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/simonthomastv

Topics: Life, Health, Parenting