Celeb pals beg pregnant Stacey Solomon to slow down

She thrilled fans with news she’s expecting her fourth baby – but Stacey Solomon’s worried showbiz pals are urging her to rest after she says she’s worn out

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by Daisy McLure |
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After sparking concern by admitting she was “exhausted” and was planning to take a break from social media, Stacey Solomon delighted followers when she made a return to Instagram last week to announce her fourth pregnancy.

In a montage of pictures of herself, fiancé Joe Swash, and her three sons – Zachary, 13, and Leighton, nine, from previous relationships, and two-year-old Rex, whom she shares with Joe – Stacey, 31, who has nicknamed her children her “Pickles”, told her 4.4 million followers last week, “We’ve never felt so grateful... I have no words. We didn’t think we would get the chance.”

The Loose Women presenter said the pregnancy had come as a surprise. She bravely confessed that she’d been trying for another baby for “quite a while”, but had tragically suffered miscarriages amid her struggle to conceive again.

While excited by the joyful news, she also admitted, “I feel nervous for so many reasons.”

Her announcement came after fans had grown concerned over her health as, just days earlier, Stacey – who has openly spoken about her mental health battles and anxiety – revealed she was “exhausted”.

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she announced her baby news last week ©Instagram / staceysolomon

Stacey also confirmed she’s postponed her wedding, which was supposed to take place next month, saying she wanted all her babies in the photos. It comes after Closer revealed last week that she and Joe had been in talks about pushing it back as she was struggling with her hectic workload and renovating their new £1.2m Essex mansion.

And insiders say finding out she’s pregnant has been the sign she needs to take a step back and have a breather.

A source says, “Stacey felt a huge weight off her shoulders after her last scan, but being so unwell and worn out has really been a wake-up call for her to prioritise her mental wellbeing and her baby’s health, especially as they’ve struggled for a while to conceive again.”

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she posted this picture of her baby scan last week ©Instagram / staceysolomon

And insiders reveal that, while she is feeling calmer since passing the three-month mark, her inner circle – including Vicky Pattison, the Loose Women gang and Sophie Hinchliffe aka Mrs Hinch – are doing everything they can to ensure she is feeling relaxed and not taking on too much.

The source says, “Her celebrity friends have been rallying around her and offering loads of support. They’ve begged her to slow down and told her to take all the time she needs so she doesn’t feel pressure or stress.

“It’s now quite clear that she’s been going through a lot of secret heartache and it’s only natural that she feels nervous because of it. However, they’re nursing her through it – as is Joe, who’s incredibly supportive – and have let her know that she can always offload on them and she doesn’t have to keep all her stresses and fears bottled up.

“The reason Stacey’s such a huge hit is because of her positive attitude and her infectious big smile – but behind the scenes, Stacey’s been going through so much. They’ve urged her to lean on them and reassured her that it’s OK to feel vulnerable and have down days.

“She has openly said she suffers with anxiety, so they’re hoping she can take her foot off the gas a bit and concentrate on herself. She has a huge support group around her who can help, so she doesn’t need to put on a brave face if she isn’t feeling good inside.”

Writing on her pregnancy reveal post, Stacey’s Loose Women co-star Nadia Sawalha hinted she already knew about the pregnancy, saying, “Have been praying it would stay a secret for as long as you wanted. Love you.”

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And BFF Sophie Hinchliffe, who gave birth to son Lennie just days earlier, said, “My heart has been waiting for you to share this moment. I cannot wait to do this journey together again. You deserve all the happiness in the world. Bring on baby pickle.”

The former X Factor star recently revealed that she had suffered from post-natal depression after enduring a traumatic birth with Zachary when she was just 18 years old, admitting that she feared she would “never love my child”.

She added, “Even now, I have moments with Zachy where I think ‘Oh, I wish I loved you from the very minute.’ Not that I didn’t, I’m sure I did, I just didn’t feel it, and I didn’t get it. And it brings me tremendous guilt.”

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Stacey – who said she will “always be the teenage mum from Dagenham” – added, “When I had Rex I got exactly the same feelings, just gut-wrenching, deeply unhappy for no reason… I’m so happy but deeply unhappy and uncontrollably sobbing all the time.”

And opening up last year about her anxiety battle – which she’s suffered from since childhood – she confessed, “I don’t know life without it. I genuinely don’t think it will go away no matter how much therapy I have.”

Friends say that Stacey is secretly hoping that she might have a daughter. “Deep down, she’d love a little girl,” says the source. “However, she’s just so happy to have this chance to be a mum again and to add another baby into their beautiful family.”

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