Angela Scanlon has candidly reflected on feeling ‘vulnerable’ after welcoming her now three-year-old daughter Ruby.
The presenter, 37, also revealed that she’s been treating lockdown as the ‘maternity leave she never gave herself’ when a new mum in 2018 as she returned to work after just 12 weeks.
Speaking with The Sun, Angela also detailed how she’d take more time off if she has another baby and how she started to embrace her bright red locks in her early 20s.
Candid: Angela Scanlon has reflected on feeling ‘vulnerable’ after welcoming her now three-year-old daughter Ruby (pictured in March)
Angela said: ‘I went back to work very quickly and one of the ways I got over the lack of control of lockdown was to look at it as the maternity leave I never gave myself.’
The star added that she’s enjoyed slowing down as it’s meant spending more time in the garden and having lunch with her entrepreneur husband Roy, 42, and Ruby.
Thinking back to when her little girl arrived in 2018, Angela admitted it was ‘gruelling’ going back to filming series Your Home Made Perfect and she would take more time off if she has another baby.
She said: ‘At the time, I think work felt like an easier option. It was a state of mind I was in with the enormity of motherhood and the ability to cope with it.
Family time: The presenter, 37, also revealed she’s been treating lockdown as 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 run away from this intense vulnerability, which was something I was very uncomfortable with.’
Angela continued that having a baby meant that all the ideas she had about herself were ‘shattered’ and she learnt that she needed help from those around her.
However this was tricky as Ruby was born during the Beast from the East storm so her Irish family couldn’t fly to the UK to help her settle into life with a newborn.
She added that despite sometimes doubting her decision to return to filming, going back meant that she could ‘hold onto a bit of herself’ during a ‘frightening’ time.
Elsewhere in her candid interview, Angela spoke about accepting her red hair and pale skin when she was in her 20s.
Mother and daughter: The star added that she’s enjoyed slowing down as it’s meant spending more time in the garden and having lunch with her entrepreneur husband Roy, 42, and Ruby
Angela explained that she wanted to embrace her looks for her teenage self who would have loved seeing someone like her on TV growing up, as well as wanting to install the same confidence in her daughter.
The Irish beauty also spoke about becoming a mother in an interview with The Daily Mail last month.
She said: ‘No one can prepare you for becoming a mother. I have a ton of nieces and nephews and genuinely thought I knew what was coming, but it’s completely different. There is no manual you get given when leaving the hospital.
‘Motherhood is a huge gear change. So much of my identity was tied to my career — having a baby and taking time off work meant I didn’t know who the hell I was any more.
Beauty: Elsewhere in her interview, Angela spoke about accepting her red hair and pale skin when she was in her 20s
‘After I gave birth, my returning TV presenting role with Dara O’Briain on Robot Wars fell through. That felt devastating. But I looked down at this little human I had pushed out and I thought, “OK, you know what, I can survive”.’
Further reflecting on her return to work after 12 weeks, Angela said she was ‘like a deer in the headlights, fuelled by caffeine and suffering insomnia.’
She continued: ‘Often I would beat myself up if I had to travel for work or if I wasn’t around for bedtime.
‘But I learned to ask for help — and to take it when it was offered. That isn’t being weak, it’s human.’
Asking for help: Angela recently revealed that motherhood taught her the lesson of asking for help and accepting it when offered (pictured in 2019)