Olivia Bowen, 28, who is expecting her first child with husband Alex Bowen, 30, uploaded a photo of painful bruises on her arm after undergoing an ‘aggressive blood test’ for her underactive thyroid
Olivia Bowen revealed she had blood tests “throughout” her pregnancy as she shared an update on Instagram on Sunday.
The Love Island star, 28, who is expecting her first child with husband Alex Bowen, 30, uploaded a photo of painful bruises on her arm after undergoing an ‘aggressive blood test’.
Olivia, who was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid aged 10, wrote: “It was an aggressive blood test from the looks of it. I hated them so much but I have so many often now that I don’t even flinch!
“Always have it for my thyroid and now throughout the pregnancy.”
Instagram / Olivia Bowen)
An underactive thyroid is where the gland does not produce enough hormones, with symptoms such as fatigue. weight gain or feeling depressed.
It can be treated by taking daily hormone tablets and regular blood tests.
Olivia added: “My levels are good but they fluctuate a bit. I had no issues with the pregnancy and didn’t during the pregnancy.
“I’m being monitored and my meds have been increased slightly but I’m still classed as low risk at this time.”
Olivia shared her pregnancy journey online and in an exclusive chat with Mirror Online last month, the reality TV star explained how much she thought she was “mourning the girl that I was” as she detailed the challenges of being pregnant.
After rising to fame on Love Island in 2016 – which is widely considered the craziest series to date – Olivia said she was “leaving that one person behind” as she prepared to enter her next chapter, the maternity.
Instagram / Olivia Bowen)
“I think you realize your life is going to change quite dramatically and I kinda mourn the person you leave behind,” she said.
“That’s how I feel. I go into this new life and mourn the girl I used to be. It’s just a weird feeling, it’s not a horrible feeling. It’s pretty overwhelming.”
The pair met on the second series of the reality show, which was filled with X-rated moments, messy love triangles and drunken arguments.
But nearly six years later and happily married, the couple are a far cry from their wild child days after settling into a £1million mansion surrounded by countryside in Essex.
Now in her third trimester, the TV personality admitted it was ‘quite scary to realize we have a few months left’.
“I just suddenly felt that my bump had completely grown and trying to get out of bed is not easy. I can’t even pick anything up off the floor,” she said.
“It was just hard enough to understand that I couldn’t do what I usually do.”
The couple are determined to keep their baby’s gender a surprise until the birth, but admitted they were “out of their minds” trying to work out the gender during a CT scan recently.
“We went for a scan the other day and we were beside ourselves trying to fix it and I dreamed it was a girl, but I dreamed it was a boy, so that really didn’t help me,” Olivia said.
“I thought it might mean something to me but I dreamed of both. I think it’s just me trying to imagine what it’s going to be like. I have no idea. People say ‘oh , I had a feeling” but I can’t tell. I wish I knew.