Angela Scanlon sincerely reflected on feeling “vulnerable” after welcoming her now three-year-old daughter Ruby.
The 37-year-old presenter also revealed she was treating the lockdown like the ‘maternity leave she never gave herself’ when a new mom in 2018 returned to work after just 12 weeks.
Speaking with The Sun, Angela also opened up about how it would take longer if she had another baby and how she started kissing her bright red locks in her early 20s.
Candid: Angela Scanlon reflected on feeling ‘vulnerable’ after welcoming her now three-year-old daughter Ruby (pictured in March)
Angela said: “I got back to work really quickly and one of the ways to overcome the lack of control over the lockdown was to treat it as the maternity leave I never gave myself. “
The star added that she liked to slow down as it meant spending more time in the garden and having lunch with her husband, Roy, 42, and Ruby.
Thinking back on the arrival of her baby girl in 2018, Angela admitted that it was “exhausting” to go back to filming Your Home Made Perfect and that she would take longer if she had another baby.
She said: “At the time, I think work seemed like an easier option. It was a state of mind that I was in with the enormity of motherhood and the ability to cope with it.
Family time: The host, 37, also revealed she is treating the lockdown like the ‘maternity leave she never gave herself’ as she returned to work just 12 weeks after her daughter was born in 2018 (pictured together in October 2020)
“I don’t think anyone knew, not even me, that I was frantically trying to escape this intense vulnerability, which I was very uncomfortable with. ”
Angela continued that having a baby meant that any ideas she had about herself were “shattered” and she learned that she needed help from those around her.
However, this was tricky as Ruby was born during Storm Beast from the East, so her Irish family couldn’t fly to the UK to help them settle into life with a newborn baby.
She added that while she sometimes doubted her decision to return to filming, going back meant she could “hold back a bit of herself” during a “scary” time.
Elsewhere in her candid interview, Angela spoke of coming to terms with her red hair and pale skin when she was 20.
Mother and daughter: The star added that she liked to slow down because it meant spending more time in the garden and having lunch with her husband, Roy, 42, and Ruby.
Angela explained that she wanted to embrace her look for herself as a teenage girl who would have loved to see someone like her on TV grow up, as well as wanting to instill the same confidence in her daughter.
The Irish beauty also opened up about becoming a mother in an interview with The Daily Mail last month.
She said, “No one can prepare you to be a mother. I have a ton of nieces and nephews and I really thought I knew what was going to happen, but it’s completely different. There is no manual that you receive when you leave the hospital.
“Motherhood is a huge change in speed. Much of my identity was tied to my career – having a baby and taking time off from work meant I didn’t know who I was anymore.
Beauty: Elsewhere in her interview, Angela talked about coming to terms with her red hair and pale skin when she was in her twenties.
“After giving birth my role as a returning TV presenter with Dara O’Briain in Robot Wars failed. It was devastating. But I looked at this little human that I had chased and I thought, “OK, you know what, I can survive.” ‘
Reflecting further on her return to work after 12 weeks, Angela said she was’like a deer in the headlights, fed on caffeine and suffering from insomnia.
She continued, “A lot of times I would fight if I had to travel for work or if I wasn’t there for bedtime.
“But I learned to ask for help – and to accept it when it was offered. It’s not being weak, it’s human.
Asking for help: Angela recently revealed that motherhood taught her a lesson in asking for help and accepting it when offered (pictured in 2019)