Ben Foden and wife Jackie welcome baby girl after complications during birth

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  • Rugby player Ben Foden and his wife Jackie have welcomed a baby girl.

    The couple took to their respective Instagram pages to announce the lovely news, sharing gorgeous photos of their new little one.

    And the parents even revealed their little one’s adorable name!

    Farrah Abra Foden, 5/20/2020,’ new mum Jackie wrote alongside the post.

    6lbs 12oz, 19.5 inches of pure adorable alien old man cuteness We love you so much little one’.

    Dad Ben shared the same sweet photo to his own Instagram page, revealing that the little one came along three weeks earlier than she was expected.

    And new mum Jackie went on to open up about complications she had during the birth of the couple’s little one, taking to her Instagram stories to speak about her experience.

    Opening up to her eight and a half thousand followers, Jackie wrote, ‘So with an original due date of June 12, a few weeks ago I developed cholestatis, which is an elevation in liver enzymes or something.

    I was getting super itchy and blood work showed concerning levels, and it was decided I needed to induce at 37 weeks which is technically considered term’.

    The new mum then went on to explain he complicated labour, writing, ‘After 24 hours of labor, I wasn’t dilating, and she needed to be sectioned, so mom and Mark (my stepdad) scrubbed up and had her out in 30 mins.

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    (Ben cut the cord which turned out to be super short, which is probably why she wasn’t coming down naturally and helping me dilate).

    ‘She had a slight fever, probably from my own developing fever, so she was put in the nicu as a safety precaution. She’s doing INCREDIBLE and I see her every 3 hours for feeding’.

    Jackie then spoke about how her little one is doing, writing, ‘I am so in love with this little blessing, Ben has brought such joy and happiness into my life in only a year, and I have never felt more lucky in my life than in these moments.

    ‘Lastly, I’d like to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to my mother, sharon, my PA for this birth and my stepfather, mark, my OB, for taking such incredible care of us every step of the way, for helping us through this difficult delivery, for bending over backwards every single day’.

    The new arrival comes just months after Ben and Jackie tied the knot in a surprise ceremony back in August.

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    This last year has been by far my toughest and most turbulent for a number of reasons that many of you I’m sure are aware of, in some way or another. The world has a funny way of working things out, many people think I’m a bad person – as I’m sure they’ll be many nasty comments left under this post by keyboard warriors a plenty. But I met a girl who seriously swept me off my feet and in a time of hardship showed me love, a deep devoted love. People will say we are mad or crazy or even fools, as @snackyjax and I had only been dating seriously for a little over 2 weeks before deciding to get married. But when someone like her comes in to your life, why would I wait? 🤷🏻‍♂️ The people who needed to know, such as close family and friends were told before anyone else and they are happy for me including my beautiful X wife @unahealy who I love even more for her blessing. Life is short and you only get one and it’s worth living. Jackie is the greatest human being I’ve ever come across – she’s beautiful inside and out, intelligent, charming, funny, generous, kind, gentle, energetic the list goes on. 😊 She will be a great step mum to Aoife and Tadhg and offers me a future I can’t wait to explore with her. My heart is full and I honestly couldn’t be happier, so those that want to bring negativity or try and tear me down go ahead. My life is great and I hope you all will one day feel happiness like i feel while I write this caption. I love you @snackyjax I can’t wait to see where our lives lead together you brought excitement and joy to my life and I couldn’t be prouder having stand at my side as Mrs Foden. (BTW the witness is Jackie’s sister @leila.bela thanks you too hun for being a legend) #Love

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    Ben took to his Instagram page to share lovely photos of the couple’s special day, revealing that his ex-wife Saturdays singer Una Healy, who he split from back in July 2018, had given ‘her blessing’ for the nuptials.

    Ben and Una share eight-year-old daughter Aoife and five-year-old son Tadhg together – we’re sure the siblings are delighted to have a new little half sister!

    Big congrats to the whole family on their exciting news!