Lacey Turner had to leave son two hours after he was born: ‘I had days without seeing him’

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EastEnders star Lacey Turner, 32, has shared the intimate details surrounding the birth of her second child, son Trilby Fox Kay. After giving birth to the newborn on February 3, the star had to face being a new mum in the face of coronavirus rules and regulations, which meant not seeing her premature baby for “a couple of days” after his birth.

I had a couple of days without seeing him

Lacey Turner

Lacey candidly discussed her experiences surrounding her second baby in a new interview.

In February 2019, the EastEnders star announced that she was expecting a child with her husband Matt Kay, after suffering two heartbreaking miscarriages, and giving birth to their daughter, Dusty, in 2019.

Addressing the difference between the births, Lacey said: “It was a lot easier to form a bond with Dusty than it has been with Trilby, because I had a couple of days without seeing him.”

The soap star went on to reveal why she had limited time to spend with her little one initially.

“I also had to leave two hours after he was born because of Covid, but they let me see him again for a few minutes.

Lacey continued to OK! Magazine: “I didn’t see him for nearly the whole of the first day as I couldn’t go to the special care unit.

“He was put on my chest and then Matt’s and then he was whisked off to special care, but at least we got that skin-on skin [contact].”

The Our Girl actress divulged that Trilby was “considered a week premature”, which led to him being placed in the neonatal unit.

She also admitted that her second birth was harder than her first, which saw her have Dusty in a water birth, which she previously cited as being “enjoyable”.

Under Covid regulations, home births have currently been suspended.

Lacey revealed: “It’s much more painful not in the water, but thank God it was quick!”

Following his birth, Trilby was placed in the intensive care unit.

The BBC actress went on: “He was in special care because he had fluid on his lungs and he had to have some antibiotics.

“It’s so strange to see your baby strapped up to loads of wires.”

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Lacey’s husband, barber Matt, also spoke about his experience of Trilby’s birth to OK!.

He said: “I felt just as proud of her as I was the first time because I know she wasn’t expecting to give birth that way, so the way she dealt with it was a proud husband moment.”

Lacey also admitted that Matt didn’t see his son for a few days after his birth due to coronavirus rules.

She explained: “You could only have one parent there every 24 hours because of Covid, so it didn’t make sense for Matt to come up to the hospital.

“But that meant he didn’t see him for the first couple of days it was so strange.”

Lacey and Matt tied the knot in 2017 after meeting when they were both teenagers.

Despite having only returned to screens in summer last year after her maternity leave ended, rumours soon swirled of her potential exit from the BBC soap.

In September last year it was announced that the mum-of-two would take an extended break from her role as Stacey Slater in BBC favourite Eastenders.

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