TV star Julia Bradbury has spoken for the first time about becoming a mother to twins at the age of 44 in an exclusive interview with HELLO! magazine.
Posing for an exclusive photoshoot for HELLO! in which she reveals the baby girls' names - Xanthe and Zena – she said she never believed she would be a mother of three after undergoing IVF to have the twins.
"It's my dream come true and I feel incredibly lucky," Julia, who also has a son Zephyr, three, with partner Gerard Cunningham, told HELLO!. "I still pinch myself and think, 'I'm a mother of three.' All the effort, everything we went through as a family, is more than worth it.
"I had been very happy throughout the pregnancy but there was always this cautionary shadow on my shoulder that something could go wrong. You don't take anything for granted – the five rounds of IVF, the heartaches and failures along the way and making it through the pregnancy. So the moment I felt the deepest joy was when they were both on my chest and I thought, 'They’ve made it.'"
To read more about Julia's adorable twin girls, buy this week's issue, out now!
And the ex-Countryfile presenter says having a pair of twin newborns doesn't faze her. "You have to step up to be a parent – there are always different challenges," she says. "There's the challenge of taking care of them at the same time, the physical demands, but I don’t think the concentration required for being a parent to twins is any different. I just have to be the best parent I can to all three of them, love them all the same, make sure they all feel that equal amount of attention. You can never imagine being able to love a child more than you do but you do. There’s this bottomless pit."
To read more of the interview with Julia, pick up the latest issue of HELLO! magazine on sale now.