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Sophie Ellis-Bextor promoting new 'preemie' nappies

The Heartbreak singer was diagnosed with preeclampsia during her first two pregnancies.

Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor has shared the 'scary' drama of her sons' premature births while announcing a new deal to promote 'preemie' nappies.

The Wanderlust hitmaker and mother of four sons admits she was terrified when her first child, Sonny, was born in 2004 at only 32 weeks, weighing a tiny 3lb 8oz (1.7 kilograms).

"There's no point me dressing it up," she explains in a new interview with The Telegraph. "You definitely haven't had the baby in the way you wanted, and they're not supposed to be born that early. So the first week or so is pretty scary."

Babies are labelled premature when they arrive before week 37 of a pregnancy, and Sophie admits she and her husband, Richard Jones, were caught totally off-guard when Sonny's arrival did not go according to plan.

They not only hadn't shopped for the baby, but they also hadn't started birth technique lessons at prenatal classes when Sophie was diagnosed with preeclampsia (high blood pressure). She had to stay in hospital until the teeny tot arrived via an emergency Cesarean a few days later.

To add to their troubles, the new parents were horrified that the nappies they were given for their son were much too big, prompting Sophie to team up with Pampers bosses to promote their special new preemie line.

"When you're given the full-size newborn nappies on a baby that isn't a full-size newborn, the gap feels so pronounced," she remembers. "So this is lovely - not just because it fits them and everything looks proper, but because it shows people are aware you don't have that 'other' type of baby."

When Sophie was pregnant with her second child, Kit, she was also diagnosed with preeclampsia, and her second son was born at 31 weeks. Her third and fourth sons Ray, five, and Jesse, 18 months, reached full term.

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