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Helen Flanagan has opened up about her pregnancy struggles, revealing her battle with extreme morning sickness.
The Coronation Street star, who is expecting her third child with professional footballer fiancé Scott Sinclair, took to her Instagram feed to tell her 954,000 followers about how she was unable to leave the house.
The 30 year old posted a gorgeous photo of herself in a white bra and grey jogging bottoms as she held a mug in one hand while she cradled her blossoming baby bump in the other.
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In the caption, she told her fans about her experience with hyperemesis gravidarum as she wrote: "I haven’t found this pregnancy easy at all.
"I’ve had hyperemesis gravidarum which is really extreme morning sickness. I had it before with both girls but this time has been SO tough. I felt weak most days and really struggled to eat – it was a vicious circle because the more hungry I got, the more sick I was. It made me feel really low, it just felt like it would never end."
The blonde beauty, who recently stunned in a casual outfit as she stepped out for the first time since her pregnancy announcement, continued: "No one wants to feel like that, especially during a time that should be so exciting.
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"The entire experience has been a real challenge and exhausting both physically and mentally."
Helen went on to explain how alone she's felt throughout her pregnancy journey as she hasn't been able to do anything productive.
"One of the worst things about HG is how isolating it is," she continued. "I couldn’t go out, I couldn’t cook, even talking on the phone for too long would make me ill."
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The stunning star, who is also mum to daughters Matilda and Delilah, said she's found some comfort in an app as she said: "One thing that helped keep my spirits up during this time was @peanut.
"Being able to open the app and read other women’s experiences and messages of support was a great comfort and helped me know that I’m not alone.
"@peanut is an amazing app that connects you with other women going through similar things as you.
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"Whether you’re going through pregnancy, adoption, IVF or life with a new baby, it helps you bond with other women over your shared experiences."
"I wish it was around when I first had Matilda. I would have really benefited because as a first time mum I was quite lonely and anxious. Motherhood can be challenging but having a community who can support you really helps!" she added.
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