Kym Marsh has opened up about her family life after celebrating her daughter Polly’s seventh birthday.
The Coronation Street star was on bed rest for the last three months of her pregnancy, with her youngest daughter being born seven weeks prematurely.
Discussing the difficult time, Kym said she had to be extra careful after her son Archie died a few minutes after he was born when he came 18 weeks prematurely.
“It was very stressful. I needed her to be here safely, especially with what happened with Archie,” she exclusively told OK! Magazine. “My body wanted to let me down and it was completely out of my hands.”
The 41 year old added: “The odds were against Polly surviving, she’s our little miracle. I couldn’t have lost another child.
“Everything was OK until 17 weeks and then my cervix started to open. I had emergency surgery and they put a stitch in my womb to keep it closed. I had an incompetent cervix, which is what we found out potentially happened to Archie.”
Shane Ward and Sophie Austin look loved-up as the support Kym Marsh at Archie’s Footprint Ball [Flynet ]
Kim also opened up about her health issues, after suffering with a mystery illness since January. “I just turned over in bed and the room felt like it was spinning around me and I’ve not been right since. I was fine that day and I’d fallen asleep on the sofa.
“They can’t say for sure what it is – there’s no test they can do to say: ‘It’s definitely this’. They can tell me what it’s not, it the can’t tell me what id definitely is. I was anxious when I was told I had to have a brain scan; I did worry that it might be something more sinister.
“The good thing is that there were no tumours or signs of multiple sclerosis.”
She explained what doctors had said, explaining: “At first they thought it was benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which is to do with your neck – when you turn your head, you get dizzy.
“I knew it wasn’t, as it was more to do with my eye movement, which is linked to the vestibular nerve that carried messages between your ear and your brain.
“If it’s inflamed, which is usually because of a virus, it messes up the messages between the two.”
Revealing how it has affected her day to day life, especially her job on Coronation Street, she said: “At the moment I’m not doing anything too physical in terms of movement, but it’s not going to be like that forever.
“It also makes me feel quite tired. I haven’t been driving as much either, so I’ve been getting taxis too and from work. I can’t work out at the moment either and I really miss the gym.”
Read the full interview in this week’s OK! Magazine – out now!