LAURA Anderson has bravely revealed her full birth story after welcoming baby girl Bonnie.
The Love Island alumni, 34, told how she suffered a vaginal tear and a postpartum hemorrhage after she delivered her first tot with Hollyoaks actor Gary Lucy, 41, earlier this month.
The star lost 1.6litres of blood in the process, but is now at home recovering with her medication.
Laura recently opened up on her relationship status with Gary following their daughter's birth – while the actor then "confirmed" their reunion with his own sweet tribute.
Laura has already showcased her painful bruises and told of suffering an infection following little Bonnie's birth.
Now she has taken to her Instagram Stories to candidly "bish bash bosh" through her birth story – in a detailed description which some readers may find triggering.
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Speaking to the camera directly with no make-up on, Laura told how she had had four sweeps.
She then suffered "horrendous contractions" after getting the non hormonal cervical balloon to induce labour.
The star told the video: "This was over a few days, we kept going into hospital and it was just exhausting and I thought 'God I've still got the full labour to go.'"
The ITV2 favourite then told doctors to take the hormonal induction option, in the form of a gel.
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She continued: "I was in the hospital and I was only one centimetre dilated but I just felt no one was taking me seriously.
"I was having contractions like every minute and a half and I was like this is a lot, and I have got so long to go, and I wasn't in the labour ward yet because you have to be four centimetres."
She continued: "I found it mentally quite torturous because I felt it was going to be so long with no pain relief."
She told how she started bleeding as they reached a delivery room – leaving her mum and Gary worried.
Within the hour she went from four to nine centimetres dilated and using gas and air.
Laura added: "When I was at 9cm I said f**k this s**t give me the epidural I can't do this and then they were like 'it's too late we are going to give you something else.'"
She advised fans the bruises on her arms came from a catheter and constant blood taking
She said how the "Gods were with me" as she had the epidural eventually, and felt she had missed a contraction.
Laura said: "As soon as I stopped needing the gas and air I was like 'Hallelujah.'
"I even had a nap, they scheduled me a nap and said at half five we will begin pushing."
Laura told how she "pushed her out" – but "couldn't feel anything."
This meant she could not deliver the baby on all fours as she couldn't feel her legs, leaving the star "fuming."
After three pushes Laura continued: "They got her out, she cried straight away, she was really responsive and alert it was amazing.
"I was talking to her, she really liked that."
In terms of her own body, Laura told how she had a second degree tear and needed stitches.
Yet this was not the end of her maternity experience as five hours later she explained she had an "awful" hemorrhage.
She said: "I stood up I lost loads of bloods and clots and felt really, really faint."
Laura added: "I just stayed calm because I thought I've got everybody around me that needs to be here doing everything they can so I am a bit better in emergencies like that than like smaller things, if I stub my toe it's the end of the world."
She ultimately avoided going to theatre and instead took on board lots of fluids.
She admitted: "It was pretty scary. 1.6 litres of blood I lost."
Admitting she was on lots of medication Laura added: "Obviously it's all worth it and I would do it all again.
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"But I do think don't be the hero – get the epidural at 4cm."
Reassuring her followers, she concluded: "That's it gang, we are surviving and thriving."
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