Emma Willis ‘could barely handle being a mum’ in lockdown as she addresses pregnancy fears
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Emma Willis, 44, has opened up on her parenting struggles in lockdown, as she admitted that she would have found it hard to handle being pregnant during the coronavirus pandemic. The star shares three children, Isabelle, 11, Ace, nine, and four-year-old Trixie, with her husband Matt Willis, 37.
The Voice UK presenter addressed her concerns after filming her show Delivering Babies, which sees the mum-of-three working four shifts per week at Harlow Hospital as a Maternity Care Assistant alongside the midwifery team.
While recalling her experiences chatting to expectant mothers during the pandemic, Emma said: “Last year messed with all of us, didn’t it, in some way shape or form and to be able to connect with other people and to be given an insight and have the privilege of going on that little adventure with them, it’s a pretty big one.
“And it’s always an honour to witness that. And if I really kind of think about it and put myself in their position, I wouldn’t have handled being pregnant in a pandemic very well at all.
“I could barely handle being a mum of three and not pregnant and let alone your body changing…”
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The star added: “Other things happening as well as pregnancy, having to go into hospital, regularly being in that environment, which was an environment that none of us really wanted to go near.”
During the earlier stages of the coronavirus lockdown, some hospitals prevented partners from going to antenatal appointments.
The measure was introduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
While addressing this rule, Emma said she would have been “a mess” if she had been forced to attend hospital appointments on her own, without her other half Matt.
When quizzed on whether she believed watching Delivering Babies would help some women feel less alone, the presenter divulged: “I hope so.
“Before we started filming this, you try to kind of put yourself in that position.
“And I would have thought I would have been an absolute paranoid mess about having to go and have a baby in hospital more or less most of the time on my own during a global pandemic.”
Emma added to the PA news agency: “And I did think before I met everybody, that would be the one thing that we’re most worried about, because that’s what I would have been most worried about.”
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It comes after the former Big Brother host gushed about her children, saying they are “all completely unique”.
She branded her only son “my rainbow boy” in the candid update, in view of her 1.7 million Instagram followers.
Her and Matt’s eldest was seen sporting a Stranger Things T-shirt and ripped jeans.
Ace teamed pink-dyed tresses with a denim all-in-one, while sat on the floor playing on a phone.
The presenter’s youngest wore a sparkly tutu with all black accessories.
“Expressing themselves for #childrensmentalhealthweek,” Emma wrote alongside it.
She continued: “Raised in exactly the same way, yet all completely unique. My teenager before her time, my boss lady baby and my rainbow boy.”
The star went on: “This week I’ve watched them discuss and explore their own mental health with their teachers and class mates and I couldn’t be prouder.
“I don’t remember experiencing anything like this when I was at school. But it’s so obviously necessary for our kids.”
She signed off: “So their little minds can start to understand their thoughts, feeling, and emotions and that they feel comfortable expressing them.”
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