Pregnant Kimberley Walsh is due to give birth to her first baby any day now, and she’s noticing her body’s changes as it prepares for labour.
In fact, the 32-year-old has revealed, she’s already been having a few Braxton Hicks contractions.
“The baby is descending south and the Braxton Hicks help move that process along. They’re not painful at all, though – my stomach just goes rock hard for a bit,” she’s been telling OK! magazine.
Braxton Hicks (sometimes called ‘practice contractions’) are completely normal and can actually be felt as early as 16 weeks into pregnancy – although many mums never have them at all. They’re often painless but it’s more common to experience uncomfortable Braxton Hicks if you’ve had a baby before.
Kimberley is also experiencing a shortness of breath as she nears her due date.
“I’ve also noticed that I’m finding it harder to breathe now as I near the end of my pregnancy. I noticeably find myself gasping for breath,” she says.
The mum-to-be expects to be waiting until at least the due date to meet her newborn, but her best mate Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has her own theory.
“Cheryl said, ‘If it’s like its dad Justin, it’s not going to come out in a rush,'” laughs Kimberley. “‘But if it’s like you, then the baby will come right on time!’ It’s true – I am known for my punctuality.”