TV star gave birth in March

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Katie Piper has admitted that she didn’t want to give birth via Caesarean.

The inspirational star – who was the victim of an acid attack that left her with horrific burns in 2008 – longed to have a natural labour with baby Belle to make use of her resilient body.

‘Because my body has been put through so much and done me proud, I was really hoping for a natural birth,’ says Katie, 30.

‘I will admit I was a little disappointed at first when the decision was taken that I should have a Caesarean.’

But Katie – who welcomed Belle in March with carpenter boyfriend James – soon realised that a C-section was much safer.

The presenter has regular surgery on her nose as scar tissue often forms in her nostrils so there was a risk that she could lose her breath during a natural delivery.

‘I got my head around it and thought, “If I try to give birth naturally but end up having to have an emergency C-section because I’m struggling to breathe, it’ll be so much more traumatic for the baby,”‘ Katie tells Hello!

‘Women in the latter stages of pregnancy often get short of breath anyway, as the baby grows and the diaphragm is pushed up.

‘I hadn’t had any surgery on my nose for 14 months by the time Belle was born, so my nostrils were pretty much totally blocked.

‘And with no idea of how long my labour might last, I think I would have felt quite panicked, so it was for the best.’

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