Model mum reveals joy of "miracle" babies after near-death ectopic pregnancy ordeal - Daily Record
AS she gazes down at her beautiful children , Nicola Creen’s heart bursts with joy – because Arron and Alaya are the family she thought she would never have.
When the former beauty queen, 34, suffered an ectopic pregnancy and almost bled to death in 2001, doctors told her the chances of becoming a mum were very slim.
Nicola, who had one of her fallopian tubes removed, was heartbroken and suffered post-traumatic stress caused by the torment of knowing she would never have a baby.
But six years after her traumatic ordeal, she discovered she was pregnant and in 2007 was over the moon when she gave birth to a healthy boy.
Believing it had been a fluke, Nicola was left awestruck when she found out she was expecting a daughter, who arrived on July 17.
The make-up artist, who was crowned Miss Scotland Caledonia in 2012, says she counts her blessings each time she holds her “miracle” children in her arms.
Nicola, of Hamilton, said: “I’m the luckiest mum in all the world. They are my two little miracles. Everyone was convinced I would never have kids, especially me. For years, my heart broke every time I saw a baby in a pram or heard a little one cry. Nicola was crowned Miss Caledonia in 2012
“It took me a long time to convince myself I was pregnant with Arron and, as for Alaya, she is just the icing on the cake and completes my world.
“I hope my story will help give hope to other women who have been told they might not have children. Sometimes the impossible is possible if you keep the hope alive. By rights, I shouldn’t even be here. I’ve been given more than my fair share of second chances and am determined to be the best mum I can be.”
She added: “When I came round in the hospital, the doctor said, ‘You will never realise how close you were to death – another 10 minutes and you would have been gone.’
“I was 21 at the time and working as an assistant manager in the Holiday Inn at Glasgow airport. I was just going about my duties when I felt unbelievable pain. I passed out a few times but just thought it was a really bad period as I was bleeding.
“I carried on my shift as I was in charge. I took two painkillers and spent the rest of the day sitting at my desk in horrible pain.
“When I got home, I had to crawl up the last of the stairs to my top-floor flat. I went straight to bed, the pain getting worse and worse.
“I got up and couldn’t find any painkillers which, looking back, was a blessing in disguise as I decided to phone my dad and he got the doctor.
The doctor came and thought Nicola had appendicitis. He decided she needed to be seen at hospital straight away. Tests revealed she was pregnant, which came as a big shock. Nicola was shocked to discover she was pregnant after being told the chances of her having kids were slim
Nicola, who was engaged at the time, said: “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was on the pill and it never entered my head that I might be expecting.
“After antenatal checks, I was rushed to theatre. I remember thinking this must be a big deal as all the medical staff looked panicked and there was loads of them.
“I said, ‘Am I going to die?’ And he said, ‘I promise to do everything I can so that doesn’t happen.’
“All I remember is waking up to be told I’d had an ectopic pregnancy, I lost one of my fallopian tubes and lost my baby.
“My family were distraught – they were told I might not pull through. I lost seven pints of blood and had to have a blood transfusion.
“When the surgeon came to see me, I thanked him for saving my life. Then he told me it would be very difficult for me to conceive.”
She said: “After a few painful years, I met Arron’s dad and after a while discovered I was pregnant. I was overjoyed and terrified at the same time.
“Doctors were amazed but I was put under the care of a consultant as there was a high risk of another ectopic pregnancy. I didn’t relax for a minute until he was here. Arron, who is now eight, arrived naturally with no problems. He is the most precious, wonderful, well-mannered, loving son and I’m so proud to call myself his mum.”
Nicola’s second pregnancy was not as straightforward and, after a 33-hour labour, Alaya, now two months old, was rushed to the neonatal unit.
She said: “It was a horrific labour. When Alaya was born, her temperature was too low and her heartbeat was too fast and they had to put her in an incubator.
“I was beside myself as it brought all my bad memories rushing back. But after a week in hospital, she was discharged. She was given the all-clear at her six-week check.”
Nicola, who has modelled for some of Scotland’s top designers, says her traumatic past has made her a better person.
She said: “I think those events shaped me. Since that fateful day, I’ve never taken anything for granted and look on each day as a gift.
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