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Gemma Atkinson has told fans that she would like another child with her fiance, Gorka Márquez, but the couple plan to wait until their daughter Mia is a bit older.
Chatting to fans on her Instagram, Gemma, 36, did a Q&A where they were able to ask her questions about her life.
The former Emmerdale actress revealed that a lot of people had been asking her whether she would have another baby after her traumatic birth experience with Mia.
In reply, Gemma wrote: “Lots asking if my experience has put me off having more children. Absolutely not. If we’re lucky enough I’d love a sibling for Mia, but when she’s older now now! When she can wipe her own bum maybe.”
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Former Hollyoaks star Gemma gave birth to Mia, 19 months, in July 2019. The star has spoken out about her experience after suffering from a haemorrhage. At the time, Gemma shared her birth story on Instagram with a picture of her and baby Mia.
She wrote: “She begins: “This picture was taken when Mia was 30hrs old. The weary smile on my face doesn’t quite portray how happy I was inside as 30hrs earlier, things could have gone very differently.
“Mia was a tiny baby, 4lb 10, with that in mind the midwife was concerned she wouldn’t be strong enough to open my cervix.
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“My water broke on a tues & we gave her the benefit of the doubt but by the Wednesday evening despite her being in the perfect place & so low down, she still hadn’t managed it.
“The decision was made to induce me to help her along but she disliked that even more.” [sic]
Gemma continued: “With every contraction her heart rate dropped.
“On the 3rd one midwife Katie who was taking care of me at the time pressed the panic alarm & within 15 mins I was rushed out, prepped & delivered Mia via an emergency C section.
“It wasn’t what I’d planned but thanks to my hypnobirthing despite the madness & panic, I was able to calmly keep my breathing technique & accept whatever is best for Mia just do it!
“2hrs later I was alone with Gorks & Mia blissfully happy in a ward when I suddenly felt extremely unwell,” she said.
“Gorka got a doctor and she took 1 look at me & again pressed the panic button. I was having a hemorrhage. A big one & I lost a lot of blood.
“I don’t remember much other than having around 9 doctors in the room, some injecting me, hooking me to drips, physically pulling clots out of me & one comforting Gorks who was beside himself in the corner.
“I woke in another room with Gorks & my family there, Mia sleeping soundly & a lovely midwife named Di who was checking my notes.
“The trauma was over & thanks to our NHS & incredible hospital staff we were ok. I’m fully aware for some people it’s a different outcome & I feel incredibly lucky that me & Mia are healthy & healed.
“My mum moved in with me while Gorks was away & has been incredible! If I can be half the mum she is to me I’ll be happy!
“I’m going to remind Mia of this story any time she has doubts about what she can achieve in life.
“The odds were against her from the start, but she’s been a little fighter from day 1. feeds perfectly & is gaining weight like I do on an all inclusive holiday!” she joked.
“We’re SO proud of her, she’s our little soldier & I’m so grateful.”
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