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Nation to tune in as South Derbyshire mum's pregnancy to be aired on Sky

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

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FOR most expectant mums, the nine months leading up to the birth of their child are strenuous enough.

There is the extra weight to contend with, the frustration of gradually growing out of clothes and the many early-morning trips to the bathroom.

Rachel Sworder went through all the trials and tribulations that a pregnancy brings – as a television camera monitored almost her every move.

Now she and husband Rick, from Castle Gresley, are preparing to relive it all over again, along with the rest of the nation.

Mrs Sworder agreed to allow a television crew to follow her throughout her pregnancy for a Sky Living documentary set to air tonight.

For each crucial moment, scans, trips to the hospital, the baby shower, as well as time spent at home, the cameras were rolling.

She said: "They were here all the time. Every other week during the nine months they came to film, as well as being at all the big events."

Mrs Sworder admits there were times when she got frustrated at the constant intrusion into her life. A day's filming could last from 7am until 5pm.

She said: "It was OK to start with because it was early on in my pregnancy. They were there right up to the birth and towards the end there were times when I was just knackered and didn't want to deal with the upheaval of it all.

"It was weird, very random. I couldn't live a celebrity lifestyle!"

But Mrs Sworder said she was pleased she decided to take part in the show, called She's Having a Baby, which focuses on pregnant women from different walks of life across a series.

She said: "There are not many people who can give their daughter something like that on their 18th birthday. That is one of the main reasons I did it. Pregnancy is a special time."

Even once baby Harriet was born, the couple faced a two-year wait before the programme was screened. In fact, Mrs Sworder has been through it all again since then, giving birth to Dottie earlier this year.

She admitted being slightly anxious about what would be shown but said she was looking forward to seeing it all again.

Mrs Sworder said: "Everyone has been coming up to me asking when it is going to be on. It will be nice to see it. It was a long time ago now, and such a lot has happened since then."

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