‘It was worth every ounce of my being:’ Olivia Bowen shares an honest account of her son Abel’s birth after gruelling 30-hour labour
Olivia Bowen shared an honest account of her son Abel’s birth on Tuesday.
The former Love Island star, 29, revealed that she was two days overdue and her midwife had recommended ‘The Miles Circuit’ which is a series of positions to hold for half an hour each to help bring on labour and saw her have her first contractions soon after.
Speaking to Silvercross, she explained that her birth experience was not quite as she expected as she then did not fully dilate for hours and had to be induced while Abel had two meconiums and his heart rate dropped.
Honest: Olivia Bowen shared an honest account of her son Abel’s birth on Tuesday (pictured after his birth)
Olivia was prepared to have a Caesarean but eventually fully dilated and Abel was delivered with the help of forceps and two strong pushes in the 30-hour labour last June.
Her worries were not over because after he was placed on her chest, Abel stopped breathing and had to be checked over by nurses.
The reality star said: ‘That may have been the longest few minutes of my life. We finally heard him cry and with that he was brought back to us to cuddle and meet properly for the first time.
‘I have never and will never again feel the same rush of love I felt in that moment (unless I go for baby number two of course!).
Difficult: Olivia explained that her experience was not as she expected as she wanted to be in a birthing pool but the 30-hour labour saw son Abel delivered with forceps (pictured now)
Doting dad: Olivia said that Abel’s birth was the ‘scariest, most challenging’ time of her life with husband Alex (pictured in June with Abel)
‘It was the scariest, most challenging time of our lives but I would do it all over in a heartbeat if it meant getting our boy here safely.’
Olivia said that the birth was ‘worth every ounce of her being’ as she settled into family life.
It comes after she revealed in an interview with OK Magazine in December that she would like therapy before baby number two.
Olivia said of the labour: ‘It was quite traumatic for me and Alex.
‘I’ve had therapy before and it really helped me, so we spoke to my mum after and she said if you need to process what happened, which we probably do, you could speak to the same lady you did before.’
New family: Olivia welcomed Abel with Alex in June and despite her difficult labour it was ‘worth every ounce of her being’
Olivia added that she has not yet met her therapist for this just yet.
‘I think time naturally heals and you progress through it and we’re very good at speaking to each other, but the option is there and there’s no shame in it.’
On struggling with her becoming a mum, Olivia added: ‘At the start you feel so out of your depth and I definitely struggled with my emotions after having Abel as I was breastfeeding so it felt like a lot was on me.’
She also said that now she is really ‘happy to call myself mum’ and ‘step into that role’ after mourning who she was before falling pregnant.
All smiles: Olivia also revealed that she would consider having therapy before baby number two because of Abel’s challenging birth (pictured in December)