Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson on the life or death trauma of her son Freddie’s birth

by Lynn Connolly

As fans of Emmerdale will know, Natalie Anderson made a temporary departure from the soap earlier this year in order to take maternity leave. And four weeks ago, she gave birth to a little boy that she and husband James Shepherd named Freddie.

Her absence was explained by her character Alicia Gallagher going to prison for assaulting Val Pollard (Charlie Hardwick).

However, though thankfully Natalie and Freddie are both healthy and doing well, during his birth, there were moments when Natalie feared she may lose her child.

Speaking exclusively to Hello! magazine, Natalie explained that during her labour, Freddie’s life was endangered as the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck.

Of the distressing labour, Natalie said, “Every time I was having a really intense contraction, his heart was just stopping as the cord was tightening…

“It was the scariest time of our lives.

“They knew they had to get him out and said if nothing happened in the next five minutes I’d need to go to theatre for an emergency C-section.”

However, after some tense minutes, Freddie was born naturally.

A relieved Natalie added, “When he was born all I could feel was overwhelming love for him.

“When they put him on my chest and I could see him for the first time, it was amazing.

“I would relive that moment over and over again. Freddie is surrounded by so much love. We are so lucky.”

As you can see from the picture above, Natalie has managed to lose almost all of her baby weight since Freddie was born.

Of that, Natalie said, “I had a very compact bump and carried Freddie neatly across the front, which people say is more common with boys.

“I just ate very healthily throughout and the weight that’s gone is Freddie.

“I’m breastfeeding as well, but I didn’t think it would come off so quickly.”

You can read the full interview in Hello! magazine which is out now.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.