Helen Flanagan couldn't leave the house due to 'extreme morning sickness'

Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan has opened up about her difficult pregnancy as she struggled with ‘extreme morning sickness’.

The actress, who is expecting her third child with partner Scott Sinclair, revealed she has hyperemesis gravidarum, severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, which sometimes does not clear up completely until the baby is born.

It left her unable to eat, leave the house or even speak on the phone as it would make her ill.

The mum-of-two has found this pregnancy ‘a real challenge and exhausting physically and mentally’.

She said on Instagram: ‘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.

‘No one wants to feel like that, especially during a time that should be so exciting. The entire experience has been a real challenge and exhausting both physically and mentally.

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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. No one wants to feel like that, especially during a time that should be so exciting. The entire experience has been a real challenge and exhausting both physically and mentally. One of the worst things about HG is how isolating it is. I couldn’t go out, I couldn’t cook, even talking on the phone for too long would make me ill. 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. 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! #peanutapp #ad

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‘One of the worst things about HG is how isolating it is. I couldn’t go out, I couldn’t cook, even talking on the phone for too long would make me ill.’

Like other celebs, the 30-year-old has turned to the app Peanut for advice and support.

The soap star went on: ‘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!’

Other mums-to-be who have promoted Peanut include Love Island star Dani Dyer and Dancing With The Stars professional Julianne Hough.

Helen and Scott are expecting their new little bundle of joy in spring 2021.

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