As 'devastated' Frankie is forced to pull out of the Strictly tour due to morning sickness, Sarah Tetteh says life as a working mum is always difficult

As Frankie Bridge narrowly missed out on the winner’s trophy on Strictly, you could see the devastation in The Saturdays singer’s eyes.

The career driven and passionate mum had given her all in the primetime show, all the while fulfilling her duties to girl band The Saturdays and being a wife to Wayne Bridge and mum to adorable 15-month-old tot Parker.

Now Frankie’s life has taken another twist after she announced yesterday that she is expecting her second child.

Although she is delighted to be adding to her brood, Frankie has been advised by her doctor to step down from doing the Strictly tour which kicks off in Birmingham on Friday 16 January. It would have been an amazing career opportunity for her but, as she has been struck with severe morning sickness, she was forced to pull out despite being ‘devastated’ about it.

Frankie‘s been diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, the condition Kate Middleton had through both of her pregnancies too so she will no doubt be going through a rough time.
So as Frankie bravely puts her dancing dreams on the backburner for the sake of her unborn child, we ask do all mums end up putting their kids before their career?

Being a mum is without doubt a major juggling act, especially if you have a career you love.

You could be in the middle of an enthralling assignment, or about to seal a big deal when the phone rings, and your little one has come down with the runs. ‘Can you come and collect him immediately?’ Drat. We’ve all been there.

Although it can be a pain, you wouldn’t change it. As any mum knows, your child is always more important than anything else. It’s just the way it is.

Can women really have it all? Can you be successful career women as well as having children, or is it just a pipe dream? Working mums regularly have to make sacrifices that throw a curveball when you least expect them, and they can very often see their rivals – both men and women (without children) – getting promoted over them because quite frankly they don’t have the responsibilty of children.

So spare a thought for Frankie. It must be hard for her. This is a woman who has been in the limelight since she was a nipper in S Club Juniors, before finding fame again in The Saturdays, before dazzling us all with her dance moves in Strictly last year.

She had the chance to reinvent herself to the nation by touring the country with Strictly. Admirably choosing to put motherhood before her career is a tough decision to make when you think of what’s at stake.

The likes of former contestants Alesha Dixon have even gone on to be offered slots as a judge on Strictly and then on Britain’s Got Talent after taking part in the BBC show. Who knows what other opportunities could have been on the cards for stunning Frankie in terms of potential modeling and TV deals too?

But in a statement Frankie has chosen to put family, and a safe pregnancy, first.

She said: ‘Wayne and I are delighted to announce that we are expecting our second baby. It is very early days, but we couldn’t be happier and Parker will make a wonderful big brother. Although this is such an incredible time for us as a family, due to health reasons I am sadly unable to go on the Strictly tour as planned.

‘I’m devastated that I’m missing out, as I loved Strictly so much and was so looking forward to joining everyone again in all those fabulous arenas. Thanks for the warm messages I’ve already received, they are really appreciated.’

We’re wishing Frankie a safe and healthy pregnancy, it just shows that being a working mum is never easy…