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TV presenter Steph McGovern has spoken of suffering with night terrors which see her fear she has “lost” her new baby.
McGovern has been a long-time sufferer of vivid nightmares, but says the dreams have changed since becoming a mother last year.
The former BBC Breakfast star has revealed she is now having therapy to help her overcome the condition which sees her believe she lost her ten-month-old daughter.
Speaking to The Sun, she said: “I don’t ever actually feel stressed but the way it manifests in me is at night. I have crazy dreams and awful night terrors.
“When I was younger, it would be worrying about school stuff. I once went out of the door and actually went to school - in my sleep, in my uniform - at two in the morning."
Talking of how the nightmares have changed as she has gotten older, she continued: "As I’ve got older, they have become more vivid. And since having a baby, I will regularly wake up and think I’ve lost her."
She added: "Everything now revolves around the baby. The thoughts aren’t rational - it’s totally irrational. But it’s something I have had help for."
The popular 38-year-old presenter announced she was expecting a child with her TV executive partner last year.
When she gave birth in November 2019, she welcomed the child with a social media post.
Well hello world, just surfaced to let you know that we now have a daughter! Born on Monday morning just as @BBCBreakfast was wrapping up. We’re all fine and dandy. Just getting used to the eau de sick/poo I am now regularly wearing. #babylife ❤️ 👩👩👧
— Steph McGovern (@StephLunch) November 8, 2019
She tweeted: “Well hello world, just surfaced to let you know that we now have a daughter!
“Born on Monday morning just as @BBCBreakfast was wrapping up. We’re all fine and dandy. Just getting used to the eau de sick/poo I am now regularly wearing.”
McGovern is now ready to return to television and will front Channel 4 show Steph’s Packed Lunch.
Asked by The Express what viewers can expect from the show, she said: "We're going to have various celebrities, chefs, we're going to be looking at consumer stuff, health things.
"But fundamentally a lot of what we're going to do is going to be driven by the audience and their issues."
Steph’s Packed Lunch will air weekdays on Channel 4 at 12.30pm from 15 September.