Emma, 33, is a former model and the first mixed-race viscountess in the UK following her marriage to Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth. The socialite developed a condition during her her first pregnancy in 2014. Speaking to the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine, the Strictly Come Dancing contestant revealed the was diagnosed with hypophysitis which is a condition that refers to an inflammation of the pituitary gland and suffered bleeding from her brain during childbirth in 2014.
“It’s a hard topic to talk about. I’ll cry my make-up off. But the more honest you are, the more people open up in return.
“So many people struggle to have children and it’s not unusual to go down a slightly different path if you need to.
“I am so grateful for my boys. They’re my entire life.”
Emma told the magazine the experience was “extremely traumatic” and added: “I still cry when I talk about it because it was so upsetting.”
Emma and her husband, Viscount Ceawlin Thynn, were warned that it was too dangerous to try to have another baby naturally, so they turned to surrogacy.
Their second son, Henry, was born in 2016 via surrogate, and Emma can’t recommend the process highly enough.
The condition causes swelling in the pituitary gland, which led to Emma suffering bleeding in the brain.
She had to undergo an emergency Caesarean section to deliver her son.
Emma and her family famously live together at Longleat safari park in Somerset along with 1,000 animals.
She now works as a chef and regularly appears as a guest chef on James Martin’s Saturday Morning.
Pacific Pituitary Disorders Centre said: “Hypophysitis is inflammation of the pituitary gland and typically results in varying degrees of pituitary gland failure.
“There are several types or possible causes of pituitary gland inflammation.
“The most common type is lymphocytic hypophysitis followed by granulomatous hypophysitis.
Classic lymphocytic hypophysitis occurs predominantly in woman during or after pregnancy, but it can occur in men as well, and across a wide age spectrum.”