'I woke up one day feeling... fill my womb!': Pregnant Dawn O'Porter confesses she hadn't always wanted children... as she reflects on growing up without a 'mother figure'
She is set to welcome her second child with husband Chris O'Dowd, 37, in a matter of months.
But Dawn O'Porter has admitted she wasn't always sure she wanted to become a mother.
The TV presenter, 38, made the confession while appearing on Loose Women on Thursday and reflected on her journey into parenthood.
'I woke up one day feeling... feel my womb!' Dawn O'Porter, 38, revealed she had a sudden change of heart one day when it came to starting a family during her Loose Women appearance on Thursday
Dawn - who is already mum to son Art, two - spoke about her relationship with Irish actor Chris and revealed: 'Even at the start... I wasn't sure I wanted children.
'But I woke up one day feeling... fill my womb!'
She added: 'We planned the first baby. I think [Chris] would have been disappointed if it hadn't have happened.
'He's a natural dad, he's from good Irish stock - I knew he'd be brilliant.'
Baby on the way: The author is currently expecting her second child with her husband Chris O'Dowd - she and the Irish actor are already parents to two-year-old son Art
Go for egg-cellence like Dawn with a Skinnydip bag
Put that serious tote down. Step away from the goes-with-everything clutch. It's time to introduce a bit of levity to your wardrobe. Some humour. Some good old fashioned British eccentricity. How? Why with an egg bag of course.
Take your cue from television presenter Dawn O'Porter who recently took to the red carpet with a fried egg to liven up her all-black ensemble. And it really is eggs-ceedingly good.
Dawn's particular bag is from the high street king of novelty accessories, Skinnydip. It's sadly sold out but you can shop more weird and wonderful pieces from their website.
To really egg you on, we've tracked down some bags that look good enough to eat. Including a wicker chicken bag from Net-A-Porter because really, which did come first?
Dawn continued: 'He's blown my mind. He's very hands on.'
She is due to give birth to their second child in July and revealed she is planning to deliver the baby from the comfort of her own home.
'I'm planning a home birth, hopefully,' she said. 'The first time I didn't really need to be in the hospital - that's how I felt. I just took two painkillers.
'I wanted it to be as natural as possible.'
Reflecting on her motherhood journey so far, Dawn said she felt like she had taken to her parenting duties 'quite quickly', admitting: 'I wasn't sure if I would.'
'He's blown my mind': She credited her husband and his hands on parenting while on the ITV daytime show and said she 'knew he would be brilliant'.
Matter of months: Dawn revealed she is set to give birth in July and is planning on delivering her baby at home
'I never had a protective mother figure': The TV presenter spoke about her own childhood and revealed she had been brought up by her grandparents following her mother's passing
And it seems her own experiences after starting a family influenced her latest title, The Cows, as she had originally planned to tell the story of three women who hadn't had children for different reasons.
She explained: 'I had the most emotive experience I've ever had, so I had to call my editor and say my idea has changed.'
Dawn also reflected on her own childhood while appearing on the ITV daytime show and explained she was raised by her grandparents until she was ten years old, following her mother's passing.
Her mother had died aged 36 following a battle with breast cancer when Dawn was just seven years old.
'It's difficult to see what I missed': Dawn admitted she struggles to compare her childhood to that of her own son's as she now leads a 'very happy' life because of it
Putting pen to paper: Dawn had been promoting her new title The Cows while on the show
When asked how she perceives her childhood now she is a mother herself, Dawn replied: 'It's difficult to see what I missed because the life I've formed out of it is very happy.
'I never had that protective figure in my life.'
Revealing how her childhood has inspired the way she parents her son, she continued: 'I think I'll want him to experience the independence that I had, but also have me to fall back on if he needs me.
'My view is that as long as a child is loved you'll be fine.'
Expanding their brood: She and Chris confirmed they are expecting another child in January earlier this year - Dawn revealed all in a podcast in January 2017
Dawn confirmed she and Chris are expanding their brood in January earlier this year.
The author confirmed her second pregnancy in one of her podcasts while telling fans about the exciting things she has coming up in 2017.
She said at the time: 'I am starting a new novel this week, I'm about to turn 38 and I am pregnant.
'So I'll be investing in a lot of elasticated trousers and dusting off all my old vintage tents, not unlike a lot of people in January.'
She and Chris married in August 2012.
Happy couple: The duo had wed in August 2012, with Dawn changing her name from Porter to O'Porter shortly after
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