Chantelle Houghton will have heart surgery after she gives birth
The reality TV star is expecting her first child with fiance Alex Reid but has been diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) - which means she has an extra electrical circuit in her heart - and she willhave to have an operation once she welcomes her daughter into the world.
She said: "After the birth I can haveheartsurgery and they can burn away some of the heart muscle, which will take away the extra electrical circuit. It`s like my heart short-circuits and then it just goes mental. It`s been horrible and scary. I willhave to wait and see what happens once the baby is born.
"The doctors are saying, `Try to see the rest of your pregnancy through - we don`t want to put you on medication.` I haven`t even had a paracetamol since I`ve been pregnant because I`m so scared about it affecting the baby. Heartsurgery scares the life out of me."
Because of her condition, Chantelle - who was told by doctors she wouldn`t be able to conceive a baby naturally - thinks she willhave to have a Caesarean section because having a natural birthwill put extra pressure on her heart.
She told Britain`s OK! magazine: "I was scared about the birth anyway. The doctor strongly recommends I have an epidural because of the pressure on my heart. I may have a Caesarean. the more I think about it, it might make sense. just because of my heart, not because I`m too posh to push!"