Holly Willoughby relied on This Morning during maternity leave struggles
3 October 2018 - 12:00 PM

Holly Willoughby relied on This Morning during maternity leave struggles

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Holly Willoughby tuned into "This Morning" every day when she was on maternity leave because it felt like she had a "friend" in her room when she was "struggling."

The 37-year-old presenter has admitted she struggled to adapt to motherhood when she gave birth to children; Harry, nine, Belle, seven, and Chester, four - whom she has with her husband Dan Baldwin - and found herself looking forward to the daily brunch time show when she had been up all night with her babies.

The blonde beauty - who joined the programme as a host in 2009 - said on today's (03.10.18) show: "It was my first job that I came back to having had my first baby, Harry. And then I was pregnant with Belle. I mean it felt like I was pregnant a lot. I've been all shapes and sizes on this show but the thing about having that moment was being on maternity leave and watching the show as a viewer again and remembering and understanding how important this show is.

"I remember just texting Phil on maternity all the time saying: "Today's show was amazing!" I'm here at home, I haven't slept, I'm trying to feed my kids, I'm really struggling and it felt like there was a friend always in the corner of my room.

"It was just a reminder of what this show does and how important it is. It's lovely to watch it as a viewer in my dressing gown."

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Today marks the programme's 30th birthday and Phillip has admitted he eyed up the show when he first watched Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan launch it.

He explained: "I thought: "This is like Saturday telly but for adults." And it's one of those things where you think I would absolutely love to have a go at that and then years later I was a guest a few times and then you end up presenting it.

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"And I think we will all agree that there's been so many presenters - you have your time - you're a custodian. It's like being the captain of the Titanic and then there will be someone else. Maybe the Queen Mary but there have been times where it's felt like the Titanic."

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