Steph McGovern discusses how she decided to have a baby
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Steph McGovern, 38, admitted she suffered with morning sickness all day everyday when she was pregnant with her and her TV executive partner’s daughter, and recalled the time she projectile vomited her breakfast all over the BBC Breakfast studio right before they were due to go on-air. The mum-of-one then felt like she had to break the news of her pregnancy to her colleagues after they all believed she was just hungover.
I literally projectile vomited watermelon across the studio
In a recent chat with Giovanna Fletcher on her Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Steph remembered she felt guilty for revealing their secret and feared she had “jinxed” it, but also didn’t want people to think she had been out drinking too much or caught a bug.
“I remember the height of my morning sickness – I don’t know why we call it morning sickness because it was all day every day,” she laughed.
“But I was on the telly every morning and at 6 o’clock in the morning – I couldn’t tell anyone I was pregnant because we’re not meant to, we jinx it apparently – I was throwing up!”
She revealed she could only stomach a little bit of food that fateful day.
“The only thing I could get into my body that morning was watermelon,” Steph recalled.
“And I literally projectile vomited watermelon across the studio moments before we were about to do the 6am news headlines.
The Channel 4 presenter winced as she looked back at the embarrassing ordeal: “I could see my co-hosts looking at me wondering if I was hungover!” she moaned, before admitting she was trying to whisper that that wasn’t the reason at all.
“I was aware I was wearing a mic connecting me to the gallery but I just thought, ‘I cant! They all think I’m hungover or I’ve got a bug,’ and if they think you’ve got a bug everyone avoids you and tells you to go home,” she explained.
“So, I ended up just saying, but then I felt guilty.”
“I thought, ‘Thats it, I’m going to miscarry,’ and it’s so ridiculous, you put yourself under so much pressure!”
Steph also considered the affect it has on pregnant people’s partners too, and how much responsibility they might feel to also not “jinx” it.
“I think for our partners as well, they feel like they can’t say it to anyone either because then they might jinx it,” she said.
“It’s a ridiculous pressure we put on ourselves!”
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But despite breaking the news of the pregnancy early, all was well and Steph gave birth to their health baby daughter in November 2019.
The sickness didn’t stop there though, as the Packed Lunch star admitted she had thrown up on herself during labour.
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 feelings of confusion soon subsided and she 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.”
Steph’s Packed Lunch continued weekdays on Channel 4 from 12.30pm.
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