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Oti Mabuse admits motherhood has been a ‘new level of exhaustion’ since welcoming her baby daughter – after detailing her ‘traumatic’ birth

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Oti Mabuse has admitted she has found motherhood to be ‘new level of exhaustion’ during Thursday’s installment of This Morning.

The Dancing On Ice judge, 33, who welcomed her baby daughter in December 2023 with her husband Marius Lepure, opened up about her first few months as a new mother.

Despite the tiredness, Oti shared she feels the upmost ‘gratitude’ to wake up everyday to see her baby daughter.

Speaking to hosts Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle, she said: ‘It’s a new level of exhaustion that you learn to work with but it is the most amazing thing ever what you wake up to in the morning and you see your little babies face.

‘And you are just like wow, I absolutely love you. I love motherhood, I love how it feels, I love that just new feeling of what I need to become to be strong for you and the gratitude that I have to actually have a baby girl.’

Oti Mabuse, 33, has admitted she has found motherhood to be 'new level of exhaustion' during Thursday's installment of This Morning

Oti Mabuse, 33, has admitted she has found motherhood to be ‘new level of exhaustion’ during Thursday’s installment of This Morning

The Dancing On Ice judge, who welcomed her baby daughter in December 2023 with her husband Marius Lepure, opened up about her first few months as a new mother

The Dancing On Ice judge, who welcomed her baby daughter in December 2023 with her husband Marius Lepure, opened up about her first few months as a new mother

‘She was in the NICU for about six weeks, she came two months early, which was totally unexpected. 

‘And actually I gave birth at the UCLH, it was so amazing the NHS and I’ve said this so many times. 

I don’t usually get sick so I’m never usually in hospital and so I never really have to use the NHS that much but then I really needed them and they were incredible. We were taken care of so much.’

The new mum recently opened up about the ‘traumatic’ birth explaining that her daughter was born ‘very premature’.

The star detailed her 16 hour labour and said her daughter, who she has not revealed the name of, was whisked away straight after the birth for tests.

Oti, whose husband is fellow dancer Marius, was diagnosed with sepsis during the birth and her daughter had infections as a result, leading to a six week stay in NICU.

‘She was very premature, she came really, really early – unexpected premature which was a big, big shock,’ she told the Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast.

‘Going through that emotional trauma that you go through when you have a premature baby, and then being in hospital with the little one for six weeks and then finally coming out and having her home with friends and family over Christmas was really nice.’

Despite the tiredness, Oti shared she feels the upmost 'gratitude' to wake up everyday to see her baby daughter

Despite the tiredness, Oti shared she feels the upmost ‘gratitude’ to wake up everyday to see her baby daughter

Speaking to hosts Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle, she said: 'It's a new level of exhaustion that you learn to work with but it is the most amazing thing ever what you wake up to in the morning and you see your little babies face'

Speaking to hosts Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle, she said: ‘It’s a new level of exhaustion that you learn to work with but it is the most amazing thing ever what you wake up to in the morning and you see your little babies face’

She added: ‘And you are just like wow, I absolutely love you. I love motherhood, I love how it feels, I love that just new feeling of what I need to become to be strong for you and the gratitude that I have to actually have a baby girl’

The new mum recently opened up about the 'traumatic' birth explaining that her daughter was born 'very premature'

The new mum recently opened up about the ‘traumatic’ birth explaining that her daughter was born ‘very premature’

Oti, whose husband is fellow dancer Marius, was diagnosed with sepsis during the birth and her daughter had infections as a result, leading to a six week stay in NICU

Oti, whose husband is fellow dancer Marius, was diagnosed with sepsis during the birth and her daughter had infections as a result, leading to a six week stay in NICU 

Oti said her baby – who was born last autumn in a British hospital – was in ‘critical’ condition in a ‘traumatic’ first six weeks.

‘She had infections because it turned out I had sepsis and it’s something that was missed or not tested for,’ she explained.  However, she was very thankful to the care her baby received. ‘The NHS, midwives, doctors and consultants were amazing,’ she added.

Despite an initially seamless pregnancy where she felt ‘sexy’, ’empowered’ and saw her skin ‘glowing’, she was told she had gestational diabetes at 28 weeks, before the premature birth.

‘When I saw her for the first time, shocked that I had done it, and she was the most beautiful human being I had ever seen in my life – gorgeous,’ she said.

‘In that moment when you’re so happy and feeling elated and it took 16 hours, and then they get taken away.

‘Because now, born really tiny, really small, they had to check for infections, if her lungs are good enough, if she can eat on her own, if all her organs have developed and she’s well enough.’

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