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Motherhood a whirlwind says Hawkins

Presenter Charlotte Hawkins admitted that her early starts on Good Morning Britain had failed to prepare her for the tiredness that comes with being a new mother, as her baby daughter joined her on the sofa of the breakfast show.

The 39-year-old, currently on maternity leave following the birth of Ella Rose in February, told Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard that she would be returning to the ITV show "reasonably soon ... some time after the election".

"It's a whirlwind, it's like a mini tornado hits as soon as you have the baby. It's extremely full on, the first few weeks," she said.

"It's starting to calm down now ... but to begin with it's just crazy and nothing prepares you for it."

The broadcaster admitted: "I thought that because of the job that we do - getting up in the middle of the night, not getting that much sleep - I thought I would be quite used to that but it turns out no.

"It's sleeplessness on a whole new level because you're just waking up every couple of hours. Even when you are asleep you're on high alert. Even when they're asleep you're checking on them."

As Reid cuddled Ella Rose, broody father-of-two Shephard joked: "She's just thrown up on your shoulder" before admitting: "It just takes a baby that's really calm like this to make you think of having one more go."

Hawkins' husband, Mark Herbert, was also in the studio.

She told her co-presenters: "He's been helping at the weekends with the overnights so at least I do get some sleep."

While her baby was on her best behaviour, Hawkins said: "She's got a good pair of lungs on her. When she decides to scream she will scream and she will let you know about it."

The broadcaster previously said she thought that her regular early mornings for work would help her deal with the lack of sleep in early parenthood, saying: "I've been getting up in the middle of the night for the past eight years, so I'm at an advantage.

"I'm used to having to function on just four hours' sleep a night and grabbing catnaps where I can. It's quite good preparation for having a baby. That's the theory, anyway."

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