Lousie Thompson has discussed her mental and physical wellbeing after "dancing with death" during her son's birth.
On Thursday, the Made In Chelsea star revealed she had welcomed her son Leo-Hunter Libbey with fiancé Ryan Libbey five weeks earlier.
However, while her newborn ended up in NICU for a short period, Louise explained that she had been in hospital with "serious complications" since the birth.
Despite finally being given the green light to continue recovering from home, the 31 year old told fans she is still receiving support from a psychologist after accepting that her recovery will not be "easy or linear".
Sharing a sweet snap of her five week old son sleeping, Louise candidly discussed her recent difficult few weeks, writing: "The reason I have been absent for weeks is because I have been very unwell.
"5 weeks ago I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy Leo-Hunter Libbey weighing in at 7lbs. Unfortunately, it wasn't the easiest start for either of us. One ended up in NICU and the other ended up in ICU.
"Whilst Leo made a fairly quick recovery, I have been recovering in hospital for a month with various serious complications."
Stating that she didn't realise "so many bad things could happen to her", Louise explained that "dancing with death twice brought a whole new view of the world".
In particular, Louise, who announced her pregnancy in May, said she was reminded of "how short and sacred life really is".
"We need to start living, we need to start loving, we need to start enjoying every minute detail in life (certainly easier said than done when you're stuck in mental and/or physical purgatory or dealing with serious illness, depression or the fear of the unknown).
"But if you DO have the capacity, then try and cling onto any nuggets of good… and please please please be grateful for good health. The hard truth is that you don't know how lucky you are to have it until it's too late."
Louise went on to add that she was in a "strange place mentally and physically" and would be "for a while".
She accepted that her emotions were "part of her" now and "part of her recovery".
"It's not going to be easy or linear but thankfully I am being offered some very valuable psychological help and the good news is that I'm starting to experience some good hours as well as bad ones. (Sometimes living hour by hour is your only option)," she said.
Louise ended her post optimistically as she expressed excitement over being discharged from the hospital and recovering at home for Christmas.
"For the first time in a month I actually see a future where I get to live peacefully on this earth with my son.
"I can't wait to start our new journey together as a family of 3 and to start bonding little baby Leo," Louise concluded.
Louise was met with a wave of support from her pals.
Lisa Snowdon wrote: "Oh gosh darling. How incredibly scary. Sending you love and strength to continue on your healing path…. A huge but gentle cuddle and a warm welcome to the world baby Leo."
Ashley James added: "Aww Louise, I really hope you are ok. Sending you so so much love. Leo is a darling. I'm so glad you're both on the road to recovery and I'm here if you ever need an ear."
Dr Zoe Williams said: "Oh my darling. Sending love and healing wishes to you. Here if you need me, Baby Leo is beautiful and you are an amazing strong Mamma xxx."
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