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Lauren Goodger has revealed the worst thing about her pregnancy has been suffering from anxiety.
The former TOWIE star, who is due to give birth to a daughter next month, has had several panic attacks since she discovered she was expecting, including a three-day episode when she thought she was going to die.
She told new! magazine: "The hardest thing about pregnancy is my anxiety and not being able to move how I want."
In April, Lauren was understandably stressed when she couldn't feel her baby moving. She went straight to hospital for tests. She told the Sun: "I didn't feel the baby move and I didn't feel myself, so I was advised to go and have a check-up. As a new mum you worry, but the baby is all fine and perfect.
"As you know I've always been honest about how I'm feeling."
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The Essex businesswoman, aged 34, who revealed she suffered a miscarriage in 2013, continued: "My anxiety is my heart so that was a trigger for me.
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“Doctors and my close friends who suffer severe panic disorder are always the first to tell you panic attacks make your body feel like its having a heart attack due to the massive rush of adrenaline trying to escape your body any way it can. You get chest pains, palpitations and even shooting pains in your arm.
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"It’s scary because you don’t understand what’s going on and that’s why you think you’re dying."
While she admits that she doesn't think she'll ever totally be fear-free, Lauren has taken steps to ensure that she can managed her emotions through the support of her partner, Charles Drury, and by getting help from a medical professional.
"I don’t think I’m fully over it, I’ve had a couple of anxiety episodes recently because I’ve been stressed out. I feel those are natural emotions and I’m having support from my midwife.
"I feel like I’m always going to have a little bit of anxiety and Im going to get a bit of help.
".But I do feel so much better and I haven’t had an episode like when I went to the hospital which is good.," she added.
And Lauren is also considering having therapy to cope. She continued: "It's something I’m thinking about. It’s so important to keep your mental health in check while pregnant."