Loose Womens Charlene White haemorrhaged for hours and needed surgery after birth

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Charlene White has opened up on the time she haemorrhaged "for hours" without knowing when giving birth to son Alfie.

The 41 year old welcomed four year old son Alfie in August 2017 and has detailed her traumatic birth, speaking to YouTube star Louise Pentland on her Mothers' Meeting podcast.

Loose Women panellist Charlene said: "You know when you're in NCT and they say to you, 'you'll bleed heavily so get your special maternity pants,' so I had those pants and I just kept going through them at a rate of knots."

Louise, 36, said: "Did you do that thing where you bought one pack? Because with Darcey I just bought one pack and I thought it would be like having my period and I'd use sanitary towels."

Charlene then discussed her experience, saying: "I rang my sister and I said, 'Can you bring me some more pads on your way because I've ran out?'

"And when she arrived she said to me, 'Oh, you sound out of breath, and I was like, 'Well yeah, I've just given birth and it's like running a marathon'.

"The nurse came and I said I'd had to get my sister to get me more pads and she said, 'Oh that's weird, did you get maternity ones? You shouldn't have been going through them so quickly, have you been feeling out of breath?'


"My sister immediately piped up and said, 'That is just what I've said to her,' and the midwives ran out of the room and what I remember is this ton of people being in the room with a mobile scanner and all sorts and, essentially, I'd been haemorrhaging and I didn't know.

"I'd been haemorrhaging for hours and just didn't know. But I'd never given birth before so how was I to know it was heavy?"

She continued: "I thought it was completely normal. I ended up having to go into surgery and have emergency surgery because essentially they'd left some bits in there, which can happen. It doesn't happen frequently but it does happen.

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"They were great about it, I needed to have a second epidural which was weird, and I recovered and was fine, but I was in hospital a lot longer than I should have been because I'd had the two epidurals and the haemorrhaging."

The ITV newsreader recently opened up on the pride she felt towards her firstborn as he rode a bike for the first time.

Her young boy wore a red T-shirt, brown trousers and a dinosaur-themed helmet as he confident peddled next to a black car.

In the caption, Alfie's mum spoke out on how proud she is of him after being able to ride the bike without help for the first time after Charlene and his pal Henry encouraged him.

"Bank Holiday wins… this one finally aced riding a bike," she began. "Not his one, he basically jumped on his mate Henry’s one and refused to get off [shrugging emoji].

"But after a shed load of encouragement (and coaching!) from Henry he did it. So so proud of both of them tbh."

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