Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: My This Morning appearance: Behind The Scenes!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

My This Morning appearance: Behind The Scenes!

Photo credit: OhSoAmelia

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you would probably have noticed my timeline's flooded yesterday with lots of  over-excited chatter and photos from my morning at ITV Studios.

The opportunity presented itself a couple of days ago to go on This Morning to discuss the topic of Sex After Childbirth.

I had done a tiny interview in Take A Break magazine at the start of the year on the subject, and had blogged about it previously....and so the research team from This Morning got in touch and invited me on to the show.

I was supposed to catch the 6.30 am train on the day of the show so that I would arrive at 9am, and a car would collect me from the station....getting me to the studio at around 9.30 am. This gave me an hour and a half for hair, make up and going through the prep before the live interview.

Unfortunately, when myself Jon & Tyne arrived at the train station....the word CANCELLED was flashing under my train listing.


A panicked phone call to the research team later, and it was decided I would catch the next train an hour later....this would mean I'd be arriving at the studio with only an hour to spare which was tight but do-able....but it did mean I had to get into my On Air clothes in the train toilet cubicle! Glam!

We arrived at Paddington at 10:05 and found our car.....unfortunately we had the worlds slowest driver.

At 10.35 I started getting tweets and texts from my friends, saying that This Morning had announced me as "Up next" on the this time I was still in the car on my way to the studio with no make up on!! You can imagine the panic!

I arrived at the studio at 10.40...due on air at 11...everything that happened next is a whirl in my mind!

The security guard ran us upstairs, I was rushed straight into the make up room where I had a make up artist and 2 hair stylists with straighteners each working on me all at once, there was a producer at the door yelling "We need her in 5!" and Dr Dawn Harper who was on the segment with me was sitting next to me, reading out tweets and Facebook comments to me about the segment.

All very chaotic.

Then it was time.

Before I knew it I was having my mic fitted and sitting next to Dr Dawn on the sofa.

Eamonn & Ruth came in and sat opposite us....they both said hello, Eamonn shook my hand....both were so friendly and pleasant, not at all intimidating.

The interview went by in a flash.

I have yet to watch it back and I`m not sure if I will....I don't like seeing myself in photos so I can't imagine seeing myself on TV will be any better!...and I have no recollection at all of anything I said!

I do think it was an important subject to thing that struck me from viewers comments was the general opinion that women are the ones doing something wrong if they're not keen to jump straight back into the sack after a baby. 
One viewer commented "How can these women deprive their men for a year and expect them not to cheat?"

I am astounded by some women's lack of self respect and the lack of value some people put on to both their partners and their relationship.

If you think so little of your partner that you assume he will cheat if you don't "Give him what he wants"....why are you with them?! Do you really want to be with someone like that?!
And is your relationship of such little substance that it would fall apart without the physical side in such a short period of time?

I think there are much deeper issues there to be explored....and that's a story for another time.

Once the interview was over, I was taken out into the Green room where Jon and Tyne were sitting along with the rest of the people on the show that day.

Tyne was busy playing with the shows nutritionist and Jenni Falconer!

He loved the runners too, and they were so lovely with him....particularly Phoebe who took a particular shine to him!

Our car was booked for the shows end at 12.30, and after much deliberation in my mind I decided to be brave and ask Phoebe if there'd be any chance of getting a photo with Ruth & Eamonn.

I expected to be told no, but she said of course and took me back to the set.

I stood watching as they filmed their Piece To Camera's for the next days show....they were hilarious to watch as they bantered with each other between shots, and bickered in jest.

Once they were done, they invited me over for photos.

They were both so lovely and welcoming.

Eamonn asked where I had traveled from and when I mentioned Newton Abbot they chatted away to me about how well they knew it and how they love Devon.

I mentioned that I had seen some harsh comments about the subject matter we had discussed on Facebook, and chatted with them about social media trolls....Eamonn in particular was very passionate about the subject and described some problems he'd had with nastiness online in the past.

Then Eamonn asked how This Morning had found me, and I told him about the magazine feature and my blog....straight away he said "Oh you have a blog! Have you got lots of photos from today?"

I said I had some, and he said some was not enough!....he said we had to take lots! First he suggested a selfie of the two of us.....

And then he took me around the studio, suggesting places for me to pose as he snapped away taking lots of photos of me!!!

I can't tell you how odd it feels to be in presence of  a TV personality and have them be the one taking photos of you!

All of the photos below were taken on my Iphone by Eamonn Holmes! (There's a sentence I never thought I'd say!)

I must have spent a good 15 minutes with him taking photos, he then walked out with me to the lift where we ran into Jon and Tyne....both he & Ruth made a real fuss of Tyne (And I did find Eamonn's greeting to Jon of "There he is! The horny beast!" pretty hilarious as Jon blushed and looked awkward!) and they happily posed for photos.

And that was that....a hug from Eamonn and we were on our way home after a whirlwind, crazy but oh-so enjoyable morning on set and behind the scenes of one of Britain's most loved shows.


I had such an enjoyable morning, and I have to say that it was made all the better by the outpouring of support and kindness from my friends...particularly all the people who sent me tweets, facebook messages and tagged me in Instagram and Facebook pics.

I've included a selection of those messages below, and I would like to thank all of these people and anybody who got in touch with me that day for your kindess. It really meant a lot.

As most of my readers will know, I do suffer with panic attacks and anxiety and don't consider myself to be a very confident person - I will be back next week to discuss how I overcame my anxiety to appear on the show, and sharing the tips I found helpful to do this.

The tiny amount of footage I took (And it is TINY!) will be on my vlog next if you'd like to see it please subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

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  1. I've only just got around to watching your bit on this morning, you were fantastic! You're such a natural on camera and such a tough subject to talk about generally, not just on TV! Well done xx

  2. what an amazing blog and an even more amazing blogger !!!! you should be feeling very proud of yourself hayley for having the get up and go to do this the world is your oyster GO HAYLEY !!!!!! you are an inspiration to a lot of people out there :-) :-) xxxxxxxx

  3. What an absolutely brilliantly inspiring blog post! I watched and read with real interest and with a big smile on my face. Well done. Loved it! :-)

  4. Wow, amazing and so inspiring! Well done. GO HAYLEY!!!! xx

  5. Aww what a lovely post. And it's true I am very proud of you as I know just how nervous you were. Stacey was also very proud of you but she wasn't impressed with the subject haha

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

  6. My child was in a mood during your segment, and I was running up and down the stairs trying to get him to sleep! Aargghhhh. As I'm not at home at the moment I couldn't even use the sky rewind button. I'll have to em watch it on catch up.
    Ruth and Eamon seem so lovely, and it's nice to see Eanon understand the needs if a blogger and spend all that time snapping those fab pics!

  7. OMG Hayley, you were SO good! Your came across as really confident, a real natural in front of the camera (although I could tell you were using your posh voice!) I think if you did watch it back you would be pleasantly surprised! x (did you here what I said then?)

  8. Fab!! Well done You!

    Laura @

  9. Well done hun proud of ya you look so happy love Nichola Lewis x x

  10. You are amazing, congrats for being so brave it is such an achievement to be on This Morning! Eamonn seems amazing I love him on tele haha xx

  11. Eamonn seems like a right dude! I'll catch up on itv player but looks awesome. Well done xxx

  12. You were great, confident and so brave for doing it esp with your anxiety. Such a great topic to support women on too, I'm sure you have inspired a lot of women.

    Well done you xxx

  13. You were fab hon, you didn't seem all the slightest bit nervous. I loved the top you wore too, I sat there wondering where you'd gotten it from! :D

  14. You are an absolute star, Hayley(well done:)!

    E & R sound lovely too:)


  15. So fantastic and great to hear how lovely Eamonn was in particular! Well done you x

  16. How fab. :-) I was on Lorraine earlier this year and was rushed out the door after so no pictures. :-( but the staff were so friendly. :-)

  17. You were so good Hayley! I'm so proud of you :) xxx

  18. Congratulations! You did an amazing job!


  19. That whole experience sounds sooooo amazing!! Congrats!!

    XoXo Shea L. ---------------->

  20. SUCH an amazing experience! Felt so pleased and proud for you!! :D xxx

  21. I watched you on ITV player yesterday (and I made my hubby watch as a not so subtle hint!) you were fab! I look forward to reading how you dealt with your anxiety as I also suffer badly and have panic attacks which I'm trying to deal with xx

  22. This is awesome. I'm sure the whole experience was absolutely amazing!

  23. WOW, what a day you had, absolutely amazing, well done X

  24. I caught the last minute of this and thought you came across brilliantly! #sundaybest

  25. You did so well! I would have been a nervous wreck. Although the start of the day sounded stressful it looks like an amazing day!

  26. Wow well done you lovely- I missed all this and didn't realise you were on but will go and watch it now! Sounds like a fab experience. x

  27. WOW well one hunny!!! You were amazing and I love all the fun photos you got to take. So glad it finally all came together. What a morning that was! So proud of you! Such a great experience. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  28. Oh wow, you look fab! Mummy missed this, but loved reading this post. Love your hair! x #ShareWithMe

  29. Wow well done for going on this morning. Gosh it does sound hectic but so amazing :) well done. Send you look great (even if the fitting room/train toilet wasn't glam :)) #sharewithme

  30. Wow! That's amazing and your photos are brilliant - I don't know what you're worrying about you look great in your shots. How funny to be rushed up into hair & make up like that, to have two stylists and then be on set. But what a fabulous experience to talk about a very important subject. Well done!

  31. WOW!! This is incredible!! Congratulations xxx


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