Steph McGovern ‘wasn’t bothered’ about holding newborn baby due to ‘disorientation’

Steph McGovern discusses how she decided to have a baby

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Steph McGovern, 38, and her TV executive partner became parents in November 2019, when they welcomed their baby girl into the world. In many cases, new parents are eager to hold their little one as soon as possible, but for poor Steph, that feeling didn’t come naturally.

I was so disoriented about the whole thing I don’t think I was even that bothered about holding her at first to begin with

Steph McGovern

Chatting to I’m A Celebrity 2020 winner Giovanni Fletcher on her podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby, Steph opened up about how she’s juggled motherhood with her busy career.

Speaking of giving birth, she said: “My partner held her first before me, which was really lovely.

“I was so disoriented about the whole thing I don’t think I was even that bothered about holding her to begin with!”

A statement that might resonate with many new parents out there, as she also added: “And I’d just thrown up on myself!”

But the feeling soon subsided and the Channel 4 star admitted she couldn’t take her eyes off of her.

“I remember the first night just staring at her in the crib,” Steph beamed.

“And she was looking back at me at one point and I was like, ‘Woah, this is really weird.”

Giovanni chimed in, saying: “It’s a weird feeling knowing your bump is that human connection. Joining the dots takes a while, I think!”

The former BBC Breakfast presenter agreed, pointing out that actually, parents and their new born children are basically strangers.

“It’s funny because you are strangers in a way,” she suggested.

“You know nothing about this child, you don’t know what their personality is going to be like or anything! To me, it was like looking at an alien.”

During their candid chat, Steph also noted that her career attitudes will shape her daughter’s future, after revealing her friends are the ones who have kept her “grounded” throughout her many years of TV success.

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Having been in the public eye ever since she was 19-years-old, she admitted she was ever grateful to her pals who knew when to tell her she was acting like a “k**b”.

“My friends are totally the key to my success in my life and career because they have kept me grounded,” she explained.

“At times they’ve said to me, ‘Steph, you’re being a bit of a k**b, you’re being a bit of a TV k**b’, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, you’re right!'”

The Packed Lunch host continued: “I remember one of my mates saying that to me, and thinking I hadn’t seen it myself.

“I’m so glad [they] said that because [they were] right, I have said a few things that make me sound like a TV k**b! I’m grateful that [they] said that and I think that’s really important.”

The former BBC star went on to add: “It’s really important to me now as a mum to give our child as normal a life as possible,” she told Giovanni.

“So that she doesn’t turn into a TV k**b as well!”

Steph’s Packed Lunch continued weekdays on Channel 4 from 12.30pm.

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