A well-known fitness model has shared her heartache after what would’ve been her fifth child was born stillborn.
Sophie Guidolin, 33, from the Gold Coast, announced on Wednesday she had given birth to her late daughter Pixie.
‘I cannot begin to articulate my pain, grief and despair through my entire soul,’ she wrote in an emotional Instagram post, revealing she underwent a C-section.
‘I am trying to trust in God’s timing and I have always believed that the universe has my back and no matter how confusing this all feels, I am trying to make sense of this grief with my faith.
‘I feel so guilty for my thoughts prior and I would do anything to have that pain, over this harrowing experience. I don’t even have the words on how to write or how to comprehend this.
‘Maybe some souls were always meant to be angels.’
Ms Guidolin, who has developed a following of almost 550,000 through sharing her nutrition tips and fitness training, had struggled throughout her pregnancy with Pixie.
The mum was struck down by hyperemesis gravidarum, which is when pregnant women experience severe vomiting and nausea that can last for days.
The illness can lead to dehydration, weight loss and vitamin deficiencies.
On January 8, Ms Guidolin shared a photo of herself in hospital on a drip.
‘This pregnancy has nearly officially got the better of me,’ she wrote.
‘I am so exhausted, I’m so sick.
‘An example today is a beautiful 30C day, (my husband) Andrew’s out on a boat with friends, my girlfriends are out for lunch, (my son) Ryder’s going to the movies…. All as I lay in the hospital on a drip.
‘I just want my life back, or at least the basics. The simple things which are so normal in everyday life I struggle to do at the moment – showers even make me seasick.’
In another post just days ago, the model shared a photo of herself at the beach with her daughter, while another picture showed her clinging onto a vomit bag.
‘Before I head back into the hospital tomorrow morning, pulled out of a dark hole to see the ocean and the kids,’ she said.
‘I lasted about 20 minutes in the heat, sun and public display of being sick.’
The mother had earlier said she wanted her followers to know her life wasn’t ‘all sunshine’.
Ms Guidolin announced her pregnancy in mid-December, just one month after marrying her doctor husband Andrew Firgaira.