Wednesday, March 21, 2012

'I won't have any more children... this is obviously what's meant to be': Amanda Holden on why she's not planning to extend her family any more

By Sarah Bull

That's it: Amanda Holden, seen arriving at This Morning today with baby Hollie, says she and husband Chris Hughes won't have any more children

She nearly died after giving birth to daughter Hollie earlier this year, but came through the traumatic experience to welcome a healthy daughter into the world.

But now, Amanda Holden, who is also mother to six-year-old daughter Lexi with husband Chris Hughes, has said she has decided not to have any more children in the future.

Speaking on This Morning today, Amanda told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that she and Chris have spoken about the prospect of further extending their family, and opted against it.

Radiant: Amanda looked in good spirits as she arrived at the television studios cradling her little girl

She said: 'I won't have any more children, that is it. And this is obviously what I am meant to have.'

Amanda also joked: 'When I said to Chris that I wouldn't have any more, he replied, "Well you certainly won't be having any more with me, anyway!" '

While Hollie is now a happy and healthy little baby, her birth in January caused Amanda to hemorrhage, and her heart to stop.

Red hot: Amanda teamed her cute dress with a pair of black tights and boots for her television appearance

New role: Amanda also confirmed on the show that she would be hosting new TV talent show Superstar

Recalling the traumatic birth, Amanda said that the problems began when the doctors discovered that her placenta was attached to her internal scar from her previous Caeseran-section.

However, while the issue is relatively common, things went from bad to worse when doctors attempted to pull out the placenta, without realising that it was attached to her bladder.

And despite the fact that Amanda was put under a general anaesthetic to help her avoid the trauma of the terrifying ordeal, her husband Chris had to cope with the horror of seeing his wife close to death.

She said: 'When the doctors told me that I was going under general anaesthetic, that's when I hemorrhaged.

'Chris said that he remembers everybody's feet covered in blood and that's when they threw him out of the theatre.'

Despite the terrifying birth, Amanda returned to her work on Britain's Got Talent just three weeks after welcoming Hollie into the world.

Asked just how she had managed it, Amanda said: 'I was out of hospital a week after everything happened and I don't quite know how I did it.

'In my mind I'm quite strong and the doctors said it was because I'm quite stubborn and tenacious. And because I've got Lexi you can't hang around in a hospital bed. I don't like sympathy and I don't like being pitied.'

And when Holly and Phillip asked her how she was now, Amanda replied: 'I'm completely fine. Even after all of that, I've been running this week. I think a lot of it is medical science as well as your own mind.'

Amanda also confirmed reports that she will be hosting the new TV talent show Superstar - searching for a leading man for the new Jesus Christ Superstar world tour with Andrew Lloyd Webber - and spoke about the return of Britain's Got Talent this weekend.



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