Glee star Lea Michele welcomed son Ever to the world in August last year but has only now revealed the extent of the complications she faced during her “very scary” pregnancy.
The 34-year-old has spoken about how she suffered from intense bleeding throughout her first term and was made to take an “extreme” amount of medication.
Talking to Katherine Schwarzenegger on the “Before, During & After” motherhood series on Instagram Live, the actress admitted that she went through a “very scary and very intense” pregnancy.
She said: “It was just horrible. It was absolutely, absolutely horrible.”
And she also shared her fears that she wouldn’t go full term with her baby in the pregnancy which left her feeling at “the lowest” she had ever been while she waited for news that her baby would be healthy.
That news didn’t arrive until “very late in the process” as doctors finally announced the good news in the final two months of her pregnancy.
She added: “I finally announced I was pregnant and I still was uncertain if the pregnancy was going to last. Oh my god, I’m going to cry.
“I just woke up and I was like, ‘I just want to be a mom right now. I want this time.’ And it was horrible. It was the lowest I’ve been in my entire life. We were all really, really afraid.”
The star, whose polycystic ovary syndrome diagnosis nearly led her to give up on trying for a baby, also admitted that she wishes she’d been open about her pregnancy struggle sooner.
However, she said she held back because she was scared about what the social media reaction would be.
“That’s the thing with social media,” she said. “…I’ve always been someone who is afraid of showing any flaws and it’s something that, I don’t think that that’s a positive attribute.
“The problem with social media is people go, ‘Oh, you’re announcing your pregnancy and it’s beautiful and you’re wearing a beautiful dress and everything looks great.’
“But that was one of the hardest days of my life, because I was just like, ‘Oh, I’m going to let everyone know I’m pregnant, but this probably isn’t going to work out.’ There’s that sense of vulnerability to me that’s been really challenging.”
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