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Strictly’s Janette Manrara candidly reveals emotional struggle after painful C-section left her not being able to hold her baby: ‘I felt properly down’

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Janette Manrara, 40, spoke candidly about the emotional difficulty of not being able to hold her daughter after her painful C-section.

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Janette Manrara spoke candidly about the emotional difficulty of not being able to hold her daughter after her painful C-section.

The Strictly Come Dancing star, 40, and her partner Alijaz Skorjanec, 33, announced in July that they had welcomed baby Lyra after spending two years trying to conceive.

As she battled a long recovery after giving birth, Janette admitted she felt “very depressed.”

speaking to Mirror On her podcast, she explained: “It was difficult with a C-section, it’s a long recovery.” He couldn’t carry Lyra as much as she wanted to. That was very hard for me emotionally.

‘It’s strange because you’ve carried this baby in your belly for nine months and you feel very connected to him. Then she’s born, and in the hospital you have to deal with the stitches, you have to deal with all the drugs in your body.’

Janette Manrara, 40, spoke candidly about the emotional difficulty of not being able to hold her daughter after her painful C-section.

Janette Manrara, 40, spoke candidly about the emotional difficulty of not being able to hold her daughter after her painful C-section.

The Strictly Come Dancing star and her partner Alijaz Skorjanec, 33, announced in July that they had welcomed baby Lyra after spending two years trying to conceive.

The Strictly Come Dancing star and her partner Alijaz Skorjanec, 33, announced in July that they had welcomed baby Lyra after spending two years trying to conceive.

The Strictly Come Dancing star and her partner Alijaz Skorjanec, 33, announced in July that they had welcomed baby Lyra after spending two years trying to conceive.

Janette continued: ‘I got off properly. I just thought, ‘How can I not hold my baby now?’ I just did this and now I can’t hug her.’ “That was really hard.”

Appearing on Loose Women in December, Janette opened up about the journey to welcome Lyra into the world and admitted she was “very happy” not to have to undergo IVF.

She said: ‘I was 39 and it’s more complicated than you think. Don’t assume this will happen as soon as you stop using birth control.

‘We are very grateful that we did not have to go through IVF. We have a sazarina book and I didn’t know how I was going to feel so I medicated myself in the morning and we danced and it was like a proper birthday and she was born to the song we wanted.

Janette had planned to undergo IVF, but ended up getting pregnant naturally right before it started.

She explained: ‘We decided about 2 years ago to go on and off and then 2 years later we hadn’t gotten pregnant so we went to the doctor and started IVF.

“Nothing bad happened and we should have gotten pregnant naturally, but one day my period never came and I got cranky before getting the injections and we got pregnant naturally.”

Alijaz left Strictly Come Dancing in 2022 after nine years and is now Lyra’s stay-at-home dad.

He said: “I’ve been convincing Janette for years that I always wanted to be a father, but it had to be right for both of us.”

As she battled a long recovery after giving birth, Janette admitted she felt “very depressed.”

Appearing on Loose Women in December, Janette opened up about the journey to welcome Lyra into the world and admitted she was “very happy” not to have to go through IVF.

The dancer added: “We can be away for months at a time and now it’s perfect because I can step back and be a stay-at-home dad.” I have a new respect for whoever stays, as it’s a full-time thing.’

Janette previously hit back at mum-shaming trolls who criticized her for returning to work four months after giving birth while presenting the latest series of It Takes Two.

Speaking on BBC Morning Live, she said: “I was excited and felt really empowered being a working mother for the first time.”

‘But some people had other views. I’ve received some negative comments on social media about returning to work.’

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