Coronation Street spoilers: Gemma Winter opens up about her horrifying dreams of hurting her babies as she gets treatment for postnatal depression
THERE’s light at the end of the tunnel for mum-of-four Gemma Winter as she opens up to a support group about her postnatal depression and horrifying dreams in which she harmed her quads.
Gemma – who is played by Dolly-Rose Campbell – suffered in silence for months as she struggled to cope with four newborns and bullies at her baby and parent group on the ITV soap.
Corrie viewers were devastated to watch Gemma battle postnatal depression in the wake of the birth of her four quads.
To make matters worse, Gemma was laughed at by the other mums at her baby and parent group after she fell asleep during story time.
When the bullying dawned on the new mum, she convinced herself she was a terrible mother and was plunged deeper into her depression.
Chesney eventually realised that Gemma was suffering from mental health issues after she left the quads on a bus and ran off.
After months of suffering in silence, Gemma was then finally diagnosed with postnatal depression and has been on the slow road to recovery ever since.
Next week’s episodes of Corrie will see Gemma bravely open up to her support group about the nightmares she’s been having where she harms her babies.
She’s thrilled when the group supports her and she realises she’s not alone in her struggles.
Back at home, she admits to Chesney that she found the experience incredibly helpful.
Later in the week, Gemma thanks Chesney and Bernie for supporting her and helping her turn over a new leaf.
Gemma later confides in Sean and he suggests recording a vlog and sharing her experience online.
Gemma like the idea of helping other women like her and sets about filming her first vlog, slamming the Fescho ad campaign for the way it created an impossible family ideal.
Corrie boss Ian MacLeod recently spoke to Digital Spy about the upcoming storyline: "We wanted to tell a story with some positivity, so ultimately Gemma will come out the other side of this somewhat changed with what she's been through emotionally, but with a new level of appreciation and love for her mum, and obviously will go on to become a fantastic mum to those quads in her own inimitable way.
"I'm not saying she won't occasionally feed them turkey twizzlers and Wotsits, and let them watch Nightmare on Elm Street at the age of 11, and all those other things you might expect Gemma to do with her kids.
"But ultimately, at the bottom of it, she's a fantastic mum and it throws off the spectre of her own upbringing.
"I think Gemma thought she'd be a terrible mother because her own mother was a terrible one. But this will ultimately give her the confidence to believe in herself a bit."
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