TV presenter Maia Dunphy has revealed that a new RTE show will lay bare all of her pregnancy fears.
Maia is due to give birth to her first child, a son, with comedian husband Johnny Vegas in July, and has admitted she is not loving being pregnant.
“I’m wearing flat shoes and looking like an inflatable pool toy. I’m feeling grand, but I’m dressing a seven month bump.”
“It’s one of those things where everyone says, “You must feel like a walking miracle,” but I don’t. I’m trying to find that inner miracle – it must be in there somewhere,” she told Evoke.ie.
Maia says her new two-part series, called Maia Dunphy’s Truth About, will see her opening up about her anxieties as she prepares to give birth.
“We’re doing one on child birth, so we have been in filming in the National Maternity Hospital, and then the second is on Irish people in London,” she said.
“We’re looking into everything and what I’m doing is saying, “Here’s me at six or seven months pregnant and this is me looking into the myths and fears that go with being pregnant, as well as the unwelcome opinions from people. There’s not a chance in hell I’d let the cameras come in and film the birth or my scans or anything though.”
A particular “unwelcome opinion” for Maia has been criticism over her admittance that she still enjoys a drink whilst expecting her son.
The tv star Dunphy has previously hit out at ‘scaremongering’ over alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
“I’m not drinking drinking, but I’m probably having one or two drinks a week, like a glass of wine with Sunday lunch or a beer,” she said.
“But people look at you and go ‘Oh you’re having a drink? I thought you were pregnant’.”
Maia added: “And then the judgemental stares begin. I’m not taking heroin, I’m having one drink. So I tend to ignore them now.”