During Monday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars, mom-of-three Vanessa Lachey broke down in tears as she revealed that she had an emergency C-section when her son, Phoenix, arrived 10 weeks early in December.
“I was in the hospital on bedrest and then my water broke. I was only 29 weeks,” Lachey, 36, explained to pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, with whom she performed an emotional rumba.
Vanessa’s husband, 98 Degrees frontman Nick Lachey, recalled the scary moment.
“I’ll never forget. She called me in a panic: ‘They’re taking me in for an emergency surgery. Get here as quick as you can,’ ” he said.
Vanessa went on to describe her third birth experience.
“I was on the operating bed and I looked up and I didn’t know a single face and I remembered thinking I hope the baby’s okay and don’t worry about me. Just make him okay,” a tearful Vanessa shared, who performed to a song sung by Nick. “This song got us through some really tough times and helped us bond even closer as a family.”
Nick added: “I think as a man, you want to believe you can protect your kids, protect your wife. I never felt so helpless.”
Days after welcoming Phoenix, now 10 months, Vanessa took to Instagram with the news of their Christmas Eve baby.
“It’s a very Merry Christmas indeed!” Vanessa announced at the time.
Vanessa and Nick — who are both currently competing on DWTS — are also parents to son Camden, 5, and daughter Brooklyn, 2.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.