‘Its not lazy parenting’: Helen Flanagan defends her potty training struggles

Former Coronation Street actress and mum-of-two, Helen Flanagan opened up about her potty training struggles with two-year-old daughter Delilah.

While Helen found it difficult to potty train her toddler earlier this year due to her awful hyperemesis symptoms, the pregnant soap star is determined to try again now that the country is in its second lockdown.

While pregnant with her third child, Helen has been suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum, which is a condition often described as severe morning sickness, which can result in dehydration and weight loss.


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While it can be quite debilitating, only a small percentage of pregnant women suffer from this condition.

Taking to her Instagram Stories, Helen explained, “Going back to potty training this month and lockdown. I really do not like potty training at all. I would have done it earlier with Delilah Pops but because I've been so unwell with my hyperemesis (anyone knows that's had this knows the last thing you want to do is potty train your little one).”

“I tried in April but she just wasn't ready I don't feel, she would get far too upset and I wasn't in my own house so was more stressful. She uses the potty at home quite a lot and at nursery,” Helen added.

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Defending her choices, the mum-of-two then went on to say, “Sometimes it's really not lazy parenting, everyone's situations are different and I want Delilah to potty train happily where she was getting far too upset last time.”

Getting ready for her new little arrival though, Helen then added, “I defo need her out of nappies before baby three makes their way.”

Helen revealed that she was expecting for the third time just six weeks ago, posting a family photo on Instagram, and holding up her baby’s scan. “Our 3rd baby arriving March 2021,” the caption read.