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Lauren Goodger is the former TOWIE star everyone's talking about.
Not only because she's finally got her happy ending and is expecting her first child, a baby girl, with boyfriend Charles Drury this summer, but also because her no-nonsense opinions and glamorous life constantly keep people guessing. The mum-to-be is now our OK! VIP columnist and won't be holding back when it comes to keeping our readers up to date with her journey to motherhood.
Prepare for lots of pregnancy talk as well as commenting on the latest stories in her weekly diary. All you have to do is pop your email address below to become and OK! VIP – and it's completely free!
A FUN WEEK
Me and Charlie went to crazy golf this week – I've not been in ages. It was so fun and we were so competitive with each other, ha. I'm very sporty and I think our child will be very athletic. I would much rather go go-karting or Go Ape, than dinner and drinks and I felt I really needed this, after my anxiety troubles a few weeks ago. We also went to Southend-on-Sea on Sunday and had fish and chips on the seafront – with the seagulls, lol. I needed the fresh air!
SLEEP TIGHT, GORGEOUS AZAYLIA
My heart goes out to Ashley Cain and his girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee after their eight-month-old baby Azaylia passed away this week following a long battle with Leukemia. They have been so positive – I wouldn't survive and I just couldn't cope with it, if I was in their shoes. But they've kept everyone updated on Instagram and have raised awareness for Leukemia in babies. As a mum-to-be I can't imagine how Safiyya feels. It's awful. What a cruel world! They said Azaylia is one in a billion and she really is. She's made such an impact.
THE REAL LAUREN
I recorded a podcast this week with Sophie Kasaei and Nathan Henry, which is marking 10-years of Geordie Shore. It's not out yet, but watch this space! But we were talking about absolutely everything and of course my pregnancy. Sophie was saying she's a similar age and feels under pressure to settle down and said that I give her hope. And I can relate, because that's what I went through. I'm not saying this is the perfect age to settle down, but there's no wrong or right time.
She kept asking me questions and she told me I should have my own show. Ha. People DM me and say, "It's so refreshing to see a celebrity talk about their anxiety," because some celebrities pretend everything's rosy. I've got to talk about these things and reassure people they're not alone and keep it as real as I can!
I had my first hypnobirthing session this week with Marie the Modern Midwife and I found it really helpful. It's prepping me for the birth, because going into labour is like fight or flight mode. You can either go into panic or a 'zone.' I'm trying to train myself to be ready. We're doing a session once a week, where we get into position, put music on, do breathing techniques and it's been really interesting. And I really hope it helps with my birth. It's worth giving a go!
I completed a First Aid course this week for babies and children and I'm really glad I've done it! I previously got my certificate for the adults course, and this course was really interesting too, because you learn how to save a baby or an infant. It teaches you what to do if the baby's choking and the signs of meningitis and what to watch out for if they've hit their head. I would advise any new mum to do it. It makes me feel confident for when the baby comes and if I'm on my own with a newborn and something happens, I'll know what to do.
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