The day after she and Chris publicly confirmed that they were expecting another baby in late October, Lauren shared that she was recently diagnosed with marginal cord insertion.
“The first 13 weeks-ish [of pregnancy] were way worse this time around. I just feel like I was way sicker, I threw up a lot more often, hence the hospital visit. Thankfully now I am feeling so much better,” Lauren said in an Instagram video, as reported by People. “I was recently diagnosed with something called marginal cord insertion. I was incredibly stressed out when my doctor told me that but I’m trying to stay optimistic.”
Lauren, who was previously engaged to Ben Higgins following Season 20 of The Bachelor, also shares son Dutton Walker with her husband Chris. Lauren went on to explain that the diagnosis requires her to “be monitored more often,” but assures fans that as of now, her baby is “very healthy, measuring great, measuring a little bit big if anything.”
As Lauren explained, marginal cord insertion is when the “umbilical cord attaches to the edge of the placenta versus the middle.”
When the cord is normally connected at the center of the placenta, the baby is able to “get the most amount of nutrients and it’s the easiest way for the blood to flow to the baby.”
“So the concern is that when [the umbilical cord] attaches to the edge, especially later in pregnancy, it can sometimes cause the baby to not get all the nutrients it needs, so it just needs extra monitoring,” said Lauren. “I need to go every four weeks for an ultrasound. It’s not super uncommon.”
Speaking about their baby on the way, Lauren said her pregnancy was “very much an unexpected surprise.”
“We had planned on having at least two kids, so we’re very thankful that it was able to happen for us, even if it wasn’t necessarily on our exact timing. We’re both just incredibly excited,” Lauren continued.
The pregnancy has brought the couple, who married in October 2019, “even closer when I didn’t think that was possible,” the “Big, Big Plans” singer Chris, who will be playing fairs and festivals this summer added. “We make a great team.”
Best wishes to Lauren for a safe pregnancy/delivery and a happy, healthy baby in the Fall!
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