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ONE of the most refreshing things about Stacey Solomon is the way she tells it like it is.
So when it comes to the joys of pregnancy (or lack thereof), it’s no surprise the Loose Woman star, 31, is the first to admit that – behind the glowing exterior – growing a baby isn’t always a bed of roses.
Stacey Solomon has always being honest about how she found being pregnantCredit: @staceysolomon/Instagram
Here we take a look at the symptoms Stacey can expect during her fourth pregnancy.
The old wives’ tale ‘gain a child but lose a tooth’ was certainly true for Stacey. She suffered with agonising dental problems throughout her pregnancy with son Leighton, now nine.
In her Fabulous column, the former I’m A Celeb winner revealed: “I have veneers and my real teeth underneath are like brown pegs.
It’s no walk in the park, with the Loose Women star suffering from dental problemsCredit: @staceysolomon/Instagram
“I loved my old teeth and am not a fan of changing myself in any way so I have to say to anyone considering shaving down their teeth to place new ones over the top: DON’T DO IT!”
But the star was left with no choice, after enduring ‘problem after problem’ with her teeth during her second pregnancy.
She wrote: “Up until that point I’d never even had a filling and all of a sudden I was being drilled into left, right and centre.
“My teeth turned a funny colour, I had to have some removed as they were so damaged and I was soon full of fillings.
“I couldn’t eat anything too hot or cold because it was excruciating and even breathing in cold air through my mouth was agony.”
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your gums more vulnerable to plaque, leading to swelling, soreness and bleeding. Combined with a growing baby that’s raiding the mum’s calcium reserves, and sugary food cravings many pregnant women experience, it can be a recipe for dental disaster.
She is expecting her second child with fiancé Joe SwashCredit: instagram
Stacey is already mum to three boys; Zachary, Leighton and Rex
Pregnant women are advised to take extra care of their teeth during pregnancy, and are eligible for free dental care up to a year after their due date.
GREY HAIR AND EXHAUSTION
Stacey had her first two children, Zachary, 13, and Leighton, nine, before the age of 22.
Even though the star was still only 29 when she fell pregnant with her and Joe Swash’s first child, Rex, seven years later, she said she had far less energy than her previous pregnancies – which she put down to age.
“There are some women who love being pregnant,” she said at the time.
“Like my stepmum. When she was pregnant with my little brother she was an earth mother. Her hair got longer and she was like a bright ray of sunshine in this happy state of zen.
“I don’t feel like that. My hair has gone grey – honestly, it has! I’ve been horrifically sick and I’m so tired. Obviously I’m grateful and I wouldn’t want anyone to think I’m not elated, but I’m not in love with being pregnant.”
Stacey revealed that her hair went grey while she was expecting for the third timeCredit: Instagram/Stacey Solomon
“I’m just trying to enjoy it while I’m awake, which isn’t a lot” she added. “Joe says it’s like I’ve been in a coma for months.”
Fatigue in pregnancy is an undisputed fact (growing a new human requires a lot of energy) and Stacey knows it: This time around too, she’s been napping during the day, falling asleep on the sofa and sleeping in more.
However, experts are divided on why pregnancy can make your hair turn grey.
Whether it’s the stress on your body, those pesky hormones again, or a symptom of an underlying nutrient deficiency (like vitamin B12), sprouting silver strands when you’re expecting is nothing out of the ordinary.
A HAIRY BELLY
When the presenter was expecting her third child Rex, now two, Stacey delighted fans by posting a candid photo of her ‘furby’.
“Did anyone else’s belly just suddenly become covered in fur?”, she asked when she shared the picture on social media.
“Im [sic] not sure if you can see it but all of the grainy little lines are blonde hairs that I’ve never had before. Now I’ve now started sprouting some lovely thick, wirey [sic] black ones around my belly button.
While pregnant with Rex, Stacey revealed she grew hairs on her bellyCredit: Refer to Caption
“I’ve always had my hair tummy snail trail which is a line of hair that practically goes from my cleavage all the way done to my hoo-ha but never an all over fuzz.”
The star, known for her body positive posts, made it clear her newfound fluff wasn’t of any concern: “I’m not upset by it one bit. I’ve always loved my, furrier than most, body, I’m just so fascinated as to why this happens? What does it mean? Is it to keep the Furby warm?”
Well, it’s those (yep, you guessed it) hormonal fluctuations again. The surge in oestrogen is the main culprit behind belly hair during pregnancy – and those new hairs may be thicker and darker than the hair on your head.
It’s not usually a permanent fixture though, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that extra tummy hair from pregnancy usually fades away within six months of delivery.
Interestingly, new belly fur is rumoured to mean you’re carrying a boy – which proved to be the case for Stacey last time. If she doesn’t grow a furby this time around, perhaps Stacey and Joe, 39, will be welcoming their first baby girl into the family!
The mum shared changes her body went through while expectingCredit: Instagram
Not only did her boobs grown, but she also gained stretch marks across her bodyCredit: Refer to Caption
BIG BOOBS AND STRETCH MARKS
In another body positive move, Stacey shared some holiday snaps on Instagram while pregnant with Rex, showing off her new curves and stretch marks.
“I honestly love how much stretch marks shine in the sun! Natural glitter,” she wrote.
In a second snap, joking about embarrassing her eldest son, the caption read: “Spending some time with mummy all to himself before he has to share me three ways. He’s been sharing me with his little brother for nearly 7 years and he’s been incredible.
“So we are getting some memories in during the calm before the storm love u [sic] Zachy P.S. He’s laughing because he thinks my boobs are way too big and embarrassing for me to be cuddling him.”
Pregnant women’s breasts can begin to grow straight away as the body prepares to make and supply milk for the baby, although most women will find they’ll be shopping for a bigger cup size come the second trimester.
As with all growth spurts, a burgeoning bump and bra-busting cleavage can cause stretch marks. But far from being anything to be ashamed of, many women – like Stacey – wear their tiger stripes with pride.
Stacey admits she’s been an emotional wreck while being pregnant this time aroundCredit: Instagram
After revealing her baby news, Stacey admitted she’s an ‘emotional wreck’. In fact, that was one of the reasons some shrewd followers had suspected the engaged couple, who have been together since 2015, were expecting a new addition.
The star had kept telling fans ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with me’ as she confessed to breaking down in tears a number of times ahead of their announcement.
She got very emotional once she finished decorating Rex’s bedroom, and was teary after finding her dream wedding dress. Then, she couldn’t stop crying on Rex’s second birthday.
Surprise surprise, pregnancy hormones are to blame again. The changing levels of oestrogen and progesterone can contribute to this mix of emotional highs and lows.
With her new baby due at the end of the year, there’s time for plenty more tears yet – so keep those tissues at hand, Stacey!
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