Five years after making her reality television debut on the controversial program The Shire, aspiring musician Tegan Natoli (nee Rogers) has started a family and welcomed twin daughters.
However the media personality has revealed that her pregnancy didn't come without some serious health complications, which landed her in intensive care after giving birth just last week.
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Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Tegan shared with her followers that her blood pressure throughout her pregnancy led to her suffering preeclampsia - a condition that if not treated can deteriorate into eclampsia, which is associated with convulsive seizures or coma.
"What a ride it’s been!" Tegan penned on her social media account, alongside a black and white photo of herself before giving birth a week ago.
"After 5 nights in hospital with high blood pressure it was time to get the twinnies out before it started negatively effecting them. My c-section progressed my high blood pressure into preeclampsia and I spent the first night of the twinnies lives in ICU," she continued.
Pre-eclampsia or pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) is a pregnancy condition that occurs when a woman develops high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the urine or oedema (fluid build up in the tissues).
Tegan continued: "Although for twins my bump wasn’t that huge... I put on 30kg during my pregnancy (mostly fluid, partly frosty fruits!) and already in 7 days I have lost 20kgs of fluid! Hence the kankles! How crazy is a woman’s body!"
The former reality star also went on to detail her daughters' health.
"Born at 35 weeks the girls were/are so teeny tiny (2.2kgs) and have some growing and developing to do before they can come home from the special care nursery," she said.
"Yesterday I was discharged from hospital which was very bitter sweet getting to go home with my amazing hubby, but without my girls!
"But my gosh I have learnt so much already and can’t believe the overwhelming love I feel for my girls. I also cannot express enough the amazing job our nurses and midwives do! They really are incredible. So...sorry for all the baby spam but my days are pretty much at the hospital all day with Indiana and Samara, obsessing over their every move, expression and improvement! Thanks for all the lovely msgs over the past few weeks! Hopefully we get our twinnies home well soon! Xx"
Tegan shot to fame after starring in Channel Ten reality show The Shire back in 2012.
At the time, it was dubbed as Australia's own version of Jersey Shore, and followed a series of ambitious youngsters living in Sydney's Sutherland Shire region.
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