Amanda Holden: post-traumatic stress following birth of her second baby
The Britain’s Got Talent judge also admits how she tricked her husband into having another baby
Amanda Holden reveals she had therapy for ‘post-traumatic stress syndrome’ after the birth of her second daughter.
During the birth of her daughter Hollie, 2, Amanda suffered a torn artery and severe bleeding. Her heart actually stopped for 40 seconds.
Talking to Radio Times, she said: “After that I thought seriously about illness and assumed whenever I had a cough it was lung cancer. I’ve had therapy and was told I suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome. I assumed that was what people had in Afghanistan, and I haven’t fought a war, but maybe I have in a way.”
The mum-of-2 also has a daughter, Lexi, 8, but in 2010 Amanda had a miscarriage, followed a year later by a stillborn son, Theo, at 7 months.
She ignored warnings that she should wait for a while before trying for another child. Instead, she pretended to her husband Chris that she was still on the Pill and ended up becoming pregnant with Hollie
She said: “I took the stress out of it for him – micromanaging. We have an amazing daughter.”
After Hollie’s birth, Amanda was criticised for returning to work too quickly.
She said: “Hilarious. It was 2 days, and she came with me. Funny too – Simon and David Walliams are working having had babies. I think of myself as a role model – it’s positive to get on with life.
“My children don’t suffer. They have their dad, and when I’m not working I’m a full-time mum – Monkey Music, Dizzy Dance. I shake my maracas with the best of them.”
Read the full interview in this week's copy of Radio Times magazine, out now.
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