Just weeks before her death, Peaches Geldof spoke of the hopes she harboured for her two young children, and said she would like to have a baby daughter.
In a final interview the TV presenter, who died last Monday, also said it was through being a mum that she had reconciled herself with her memories of her mother, Paula Yates, who died in 2000 at 41 from an accidental heroin overdose.
Mother-of-two Ms Geldof (25) was found at her home in Wrotham, Kent. Police have said her death is being treated as a "non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death".
A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive, prompting further investigations to try to establish a cause of death.
Any inquest is not expected to be opened and adjourned until after the results of toxicology tests are known, and her body has been released back to her family to arrange her funeral.
In an interview for Aga Living Magazine, published in the Sunday Times, Ms Geldof said she felt her TV presenter mother was "living through me all the time because we are just so similar".
Explaining that being a mother to her two sons – Astala, 23 months, and 11-month-old Phaedra – had allowed her to achieve a new understanding, she said: "I'm not sure I've yet fully made peace with my childhood, but with my mum I have come to terms with everything.
"There are so many parallels between us. Now I can understand everything. I think you have to experience hardships and pain yourself to fully understand people who have been through it and also you can never really experience happiness unless you've had that down feeling too."
Ms Geldof spoke of how being a mother had "anchored" her in place, changing her life for the better.
She revealed that she would love to have another child, a girl, "purely to dress her up" as her own mother had done with her.