As Helen Flanagan reveals she's wanted to become a mum since her teenage years, Clare O'Reilly ponders why most women are too scared to say they're broody

In her first interview since falling pregnant last year, Helen Flanagan has confessed she’s felt broody since she was 19 and first got together with footballer boyfriend Scott Sinclair in 2009.

The former Corrie star, 24, happily gushed ‘Scott’s known I’ve wanted to be a mum since pretty early in our relationship. So when I turned 24 we both felt it was our time to finally have our baby.’

She also added: ‘A mum really is everything I’ve genuinely wanted to be. I think it’s the best thing you can be!’

And while Michelle Heaton was one of the first to take to the internet writing on her blog that Helen might need a book to guide her through some of her ‘blonde moments’ it seems poor old Helen has committed a mortal sin in admitting she wants a baby, that she’s been broody for yonks.

I was the age Helen is now when I gave birth to my first son, Eddie, now 10. I too had felt broody since my teenage years. I too wanted to be a mother but I’m sure like Helen, it’s not ALL I wanted to be.

My career as a journalist was just starting to flourish when he was born – a job on a national newspaper beckoned when he was just three months old followed by a transatlantic move to one of America’s best-selling tabloids when he was just 13 months old and my career has grown alongside him, his younger brother and sister for over a decade.

So just because poor old Helen’s admitted to being broody since her teens, it doesn’t mean that being a mother will be her sum offer to the world. That we should write off any other contribution.

I’m sure as Helen, Myleene Klass, Frankie Bridge, Billie Faiers, heck even my editor for this very website will pay testament to, just because we’ve become Mums doesn’t mean we’re for the slag heap, that broodiness has meant we’ve given up our right to careers, to breaking glass ceilings, to making executive decisions, to making a difference in the work place.

With Kirsty Allsop rattling the sabre for having a baby first then going to university afterwards, I can’t help but ponder why we can’t have both? Do both?

Why in an age where we can have cheese AND bacon on a burger do we have to choose between work and motherhood?

Why, if we say we’re broody are we confined to the ‘all-I-want-is-to-be-a-mum’ club and kicked out of the ‘my-career-is-my-life’ club? There are plenty of us – not just the illustrious alumni listed above who are doing both, we’re climbing ladders, running businesses and making a difference but we’re also incredibly maternal and love our babies.

When I fell pregnant for the first time way back in 2004, friends, family, even colleagues warned me I couldn’t have my cake and eat it… here I am a decade later (still eating cake) begging to differ.

Helen, I salute you for being honest, being a mum is one of the best things you can be… and here’s the kicker it’s not the only thing you can be.

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