IT’S only a matter of weeks until Millie Radford becomes a mum for the first time – and the 18-year-old has revealed she’s having blood tests after fans feared she looked “ill” in a recent family vlog.
After being turned away from the first picnic spot, the family-of-24 stopped at nearby Beach Hill where they tucked into their sandwiches – but fans noticed that heavily pregnant Millie didn’t appear to be her usual bubbly self.
Commenting on The Radford family’s YouTube channel, one fan replied: “Millie looks really pale, it might be worth her having a blood test to check her iron levels.”
Drawing on her own experiences, the fan continued: “I didn’t realise my iron levels dropped at 33 weeks and I’m 36 weeks now and my iron tablets have made me feel like a new woman!
“Midwife said it’s so common at the end of pregnancy for them to drop! It could just be the lighting on the camera though.”
Another added: “Hope Millie is okay! She’s going to be such an amazing mum as she has learnt from the best.”
Replying to the concerned comments, Millie’s mum Sue wrote: “Yes I said the same to her the other day and she’s very tired so she’s going to get her bloods checked.”
According to the charity Tommy’s, pregnancy can cause iron deficiency anaemia as both mum and baby need more iron.
Millie has been sharing updates from her pregnancy online, but the teen admitted it hasn’t been what she expected, after social distancing measures were put in place due to the lockdown.
“I’m gutted I haven’t had the chance to enjoy this pregnancy like I wanted to because of lockdown,” she wrote in a previous Instagram post. “No baby shopping, no listening to baby’s heartbeat, no sharing this experience with my friends or family.”
Millie’s daughter Ophelia was conceived during a six-month relationship, and while the couple are no longer together the teen says the dad has vowed to be a part of her life.
She previously told Fabulous: “We didn’t use protection. I knew there was a risk of pregnancy but I didn’t think it’d be so easy.
“My parents have always seen me as the ‘good girl’. They are not strict but I knew that telling them would make it real. Thankfully, they weren’t disappointed. They were excited.”
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