Steph McGovern reveals vivid night terrors leave her believing she has 'lost' her new baby

Danny Thompson
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Steph McGovern at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Steph McGovern at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

TV presenter Steph McGovern has spoken of suffering with night terrors which see her fear she has “lost” her new baby.

McGovern has been a long-time sufferer of vivid nightmares, but says the dreams have changed since becoming a mother last year.

The former BBC Breakfast star has revealed she is now having therapy to help her overcome the condition which sees her believe she lost her ten-month-old daughter.

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Speaking to The Sun, she said: “I don’t ever actually feel stressed but the way it manifests in me is at night. I have crazy dreams and awful night terrors.

“When I was younger, it would be worrying about school stuff. I once went out of the door and actually went to school - in my sleep, in my uniform - at two in the morning."

Talking of how the nightmares have changed as she has gotten older, she continued: "As I’ve got older, they have become more vivid. And since having a baby, I will regularly wake up and think I’ve lost her."

Steph McGovern attends The TV Choice Awards 2019 at Hilton Park Lane on September 9, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/WireImage)
Steph McGovern attends The TV Choice Awards 2019 at Hilton Park Lane on September 9, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/WireImage)

She added: "Everything now revolves around the baby. The thoughts aren’t rational - it’s totally irrational. But it’s something I have had help for."

The popular 38-year-old presenter announced she was expecting a child with her TV executive partner last year.

When she gave birth in November 2019, she welcomed the child with a social media post.

She tweeted: “Well hello world, just surfaced to let you know that we now have a daughter!

“Born on Monday morning just as @BBCBreakfast was wrapping up. We’re all fine and dandy. Just getting used to the eau de sick/poo I am now regularly wearing.”

McGovern is now ready to return to television and will front Channel 4 show Steph’s Packed Lunch.

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Asked by The Express what viewers can expect from the show, she said: "We're going to have various celebrities, chefs, we're going to be looking at consumer stuff, health things.

"But fundamentally a lot of what we're going to do is going to be driven by the audience and their issues."

Steph’s Packed Lunch will air weekdays on Channel 4 at 12.30pm from 15 September.