From top: Sheridan Smith and her newborn in Becoming Mum; ITV’s This Morning earlier
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Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum.
An ITV Documentary Special.
Breeda Murphy writes:
This incredible documentary airs tonight at 9pm on ITV. It tackles many issues relevant at this particular moment during the pandemic as it follows actress Sheridan Smith in the latter months of her first pregnancy.
Sheridan has spoken of challenges before related to her mental health and in this documentary she explains the pressures that caused her to doubt herself and her ability to cope on occasions during her life.
Anxiety associated with first time birthing and motherhood looming closer, Sheridan allows us to invade on that private space to share her vulnerability but also her coping mechanisms which are due in no small way to finding love, learning to trust, talking – sharing and awakening to enjoy her first time new mummy role.
On social media, I’ve read countless stories of first time mums here in Ireland attending alone at hospital while partner or main supporter waits, filled with anxiety too, in a separate area.
It’s such a milestone, a life changing moment becoming a family and brings with it a range of emotions more pronounced during Covid19 . Medicines for any illness need careful monitoring during pregnancy and Sheridan like many mums-to-be worry about side effects, etc.
Earlier today with Holly and Phil on This Morning (above) Sheridan explained the rollercoaster ride and her speaking out so that other women would feel equally empowered or breathe a sigh of relief to know they are not alone.
A doctor explained that many women suffer silently as there is a stigma attached to admitting weakness, asking for help causing those suffering to retreat and remain silent.
Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum on ITV at 9pm.