September must be an expensive month in Davina’s house.
All 3 of legendary TV presenter Davina McCall’s kids were born in the same month – and not by accident.
The star told Desert Island Discs that she planned for her babies to have such close birthdays – so as not to affect her position as the host of Big Brother, which typically finishes its TV run at the end of summer.
“I love Big Brother so much and the idea of someone else presenting it was ‘over my dead body’ so I said to Matthew [her husband]: ‘We are not trying for a baby until after December’ – so there we are, 3 birthdays in September.”
Of course, it goes without saying that Davina’s very lucky she was able to plan her pregnancy and have that plan (seemingly) go off without a hitch or any delays.
But generally speaking, we are totally interested in her line of thinking here.
The thought of planning a pregnancy around X Y or Z in your life is something we reckon loads of us must have thought (or dreamed) about at some point or another.
Maybe you want your child to have a birthday in the summer (to avoid a Christmas birthday) – or perhaps you want them to be the oldest in their year at school.
Perhaps, like Davina, there’s a big work project you’d rather work around.
Davina – who shares kids Holly, 15, Tilly, 13, and 10-year-old Chester with husband Matthew Robertson – also opened up about her difficult childhood, and the pressure she put on herself to be a ‘perfect’ mum as a result.
“I was constantly just trying to be perfect, I was so uptight.
“I thought I was being relaxed but I was desperate not to repeat the same mistakes. I was trying to be everything and you can’t. I had to let go of the reins a bit.”
Speaking of her life with her mum, Florence, she said:
“My first recollection was that she would just forget me. When I was about 8 or 9 I nearly downed, I was hit on the head in the sea by a little boat.
“I choked and a woman saw it and waded out to me and lifted me out and hugged me. I remember standing on the beach and thinking, ‘Should I tell Mummy?’ and then thought there is no point because she won’t mother me.”
What do you think?
Did you want to plan your pregnancies like Davina did – and if so, why? Or perhaps you’re more likely to go with the flow and take things as they come?
We’d love to know your thoughts either way – let us know on Facebook!
Images: Instagram/Davina McCall