Louise Thompson has told how she spent five weeks in hospital after nearly dying following the birth to her first child, a son named Leo, with fiance Ryan Libbey last month.
The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, announced the birth of her little boy in an Instagram post on Thursday, but told how she ‘suffered serious complications’ that left her intensive care.
Louise shared the first picture of her adorable son on her page and admitted ‘it wasn’t easy’ to explain what has happened to her in recent weeks.
Baby joy: Louise Thompson has revealed she spent five weeks in hospital after giving birth to her first child, a son named Leo, with fiance Ryan Libbey last month
Louise announced that she was taking a break from social media ahead of the birth on November 14, but had since been silent on Instagram up until now.
The reality personality, wrote: ‘Hello everyone, this post isn’t an easy one for me to write. I have so many things that I want to say but at the same time I’m struggling to find the words to explain what has happened to me and my family so for now I will keep it quite simple.
‘The reason I have been absent for weeks is because I have been very unwell.
‘5 weeks ago I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy Leo-Hunter Libbey weighing in at 7lbs. Unfortunately it wasn’t the easiest start for either of us. One ended up in NICU and the other ended up in ICU.
Reassuring her followers that Leo was not unwell for long, Louise said: ‘Whilst Leo made a fairly quick recovery. I have been recovering in hospital for a month with various serious complications.’
Mama: The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, announced the birth of her little boy in an Instagram post on Thursday, but told how she ‘suffered serious complications’ that left her intensive care
Louise, who was recently involved in a house fire at her mother’s house which meant she had nowhere to live while heavily pregnant, said that the two incidents have meant she how has a new outlook on life.
‘In all honesty I never imagined that so many bad things could happen to me, but to dance with death twice brings a whole new view of the world – a stark reminder of how short and sacred life really is.
‘We need to start living, we need to start loving, we need to start enjoying every minute detail in life (certainly easier said than done when you’re stuck in mental and/or physical purgatory or dealing with serious illness, depression or the fear of the unknown), but if you DO have the capacity, then try and cling onto any nuggets of good… and please please please be grateful for good health. The hard truth is that you don’t know how lucky you are to have it until it’s too late.’
Pictured: Louise announced that she was taking a break from social media ahead of the birth on November 14, but had since been silent on Instagram up until now
Going on to reveal she is seeking psychological support following the trauma, Louise said: ‘The reality is that I am in a bit of a strange place mentally and physically and I might be for a while, but that’s just part of the me now and part of my recovery.
‘It’s not going to be easy or linear but thankfully I am being offered some very valuable psychological help and the good news is that I’m starting to experience some good hours as well as bad ones. (Sometimes living hour by hour is your only option).’
Concluding by saying that things are on the up, Louise said: ‘I want to finish with some happy news… ‘I have been given the green light and been discharged from hospital which means that i’m able to recover from the comfort of my own home for Christmas. For the first time in a month I actually see a future where I get to live peacefully on this earth with my son.
Reaction: Louise and Ryan received an influx of support from their friends and followers in the comments section of the post after sharing the news
‘I can’t wait to start our new journey together as a family of 3 and to start bonding little baby Leo.’
Louise’s partner Ryan, 31, has yet to announce the birth of their little boy on his Instagram, however he has since updated his bio to read: ‘daddy’.
Louise and Ryan received an influx of support from their friends and followers in the comments section of the post after sharing the news.
Influencer Hattie Bourn, wrote: ‘He is perfect. Sending you so much love and strength. You’ve got this mama.’
TOWIE star Georgia Kousoulou, said: ‘Sending you so much love. And congratulations he is beautiful.’
Jessica Wright said: ‘Congratulations Louise & sending so much love & strength to you right now. Leo looks amazing.’
While, Pete Wicks penned: ‘Sending love to you, Ryan and the baby.’
Ferne McCann said: ‘Sending so much love and strength my darling. Praying by for you. Congratulations on Leo. He looks so perfect.’
After seeing some of the messages, Louise wrote: ‘A massive thank you to everyone who has kept us in their thoughts and prayers. It is working.
‘More thank yous to follow. I am a bit overwhelemed and scared right now.
‘But I did want to send a prayer out to anyone who is also suffering and might need love too. Life can be cruel and Christmas can be hard.
‘It’s a good time to remember those less fortunate, there are a lot of them. I’ve seen it.’