Millie Mackintosh says she has treasured being with her baby during lockdown

Millie Mackintosh attending the Dita Von Teese and The Copper Coupe event presented by Absolut Elyx at the Box, London.
Millie Mackintosh attending the Dita Von Teese and The Copper Coupe event presented by Absolut Elyx at the Box, London.

Millie Mackintosh has said that she has “treasured” spending time with her husband and newborn daughter during lockdown.

The former Made In Chelsea star, 30, discussed her experiences as a new mother in an Instagram post.

She said that the birth of her baby Sienna with husband Hugo Taylor had been a “hugely positive” experience.

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My Birth Experience – Despite my final trimester landing smack bang in the middle of a global pandemic, I feel very lucky that Sienna’s arrival into the world was a hugely positive experience for me. The usual fears around the birth of my daughter were magnified by not knowing if Hugo could be there to hold my hand, I was terrified about potentially catching the virus and I had no idea what to expect in Hospital with the UK in the throes of this pandemic. Sienna was breach so there was no choice but to have a C-section. I was nervous about the surgery, so I did Hypnobirthing tailored around a Caesarean delivery. I listened to a track by @themindfulbirthgroup every night before bed to mentally prepare myself for what was to come, and I listened to the same track before I went into theatre which immediately got me into a good head space. Sienna’s arrival couldn’t have gone more smoothly thanks to the amazing doctors, nurses and midwives at Chelsea and Westminster hospital. Hugo was by my side, I had classical music playing, and before I knew it my daughter was being placed on my chest for skin to skin cuddles. I found pregnancy to be such a surreal experience, it was only in that moment in theatre that it hit me how real this all was. I was now a mother, Hugo a father and our daughter was safely here, breathing gently on my chest. Because I was lying flat on the operating table I couldn’t quite see Sienna’s face, so I asked Hugo to hold her. That image of him holding her for the first time will stay etched in my memory forever. All ten fingers, all ten toes and curious little eyes blinking back at us. Any new mother’s anxieties are valid, especially when the world’s in some form of lock down, but I’ve really looked to the positives and as a result, I’ve treasured the time I’ve had with Sienna, for the three of us to navigate our new life together without interruptions and using it as an opportunity to enjoy every precious moment of this very special new chapter of our lives 👨‍👩‍👦💗👶🏻

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“The usual fears around the birth of my daughter were magnified by not knowing if Hugo could be there to hold my hand, I was terrified about potentially catching the virus and I had no idea what to expect in hospital with the UK in the throes of this pandemic,” Mackintosh said.

She added: “Sienna’s arrival couldn’t have gone more smoothly thanks to the amazing doctors, nurses and midwives at Chelsea and Westminster hospital.

“Hugo was by my side, I had classical music playing and before I knew it my daughter was being placed on my chest for skin to skin cuddles.”

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Pregnancy was a “surreal” experience, she said, adding that “it was only in that moment in theatre that it hit me how real this all was”.

Mackintosh said she had “looked to the positives” during the lockdown and she has “treasured” the time she has spent with her family.

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