Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe has opened up about the difficulties of maternity leave.
Fans of the soap were thrilled to see her back in the soap as iconic character Mercedes McQueen after Jennifer returned from maternity leave.
Jennifer and her partner, ex-Geordie Shore star Greg Lake, welcomed a baby boy last year.
Maternity leave was so difficult. My little boy never kept still for six months, he screamed his life away Jennifer said, during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.
People sugar coat it. I was in Newcastle as well, I had Greg and his mum and dad were incredible. But it wasnt like being at home. I realised Liverpool is my home, she said. It (was) quite isolating.
Jennifers return to Hollyoaks was marked with a special arc of episodes in Magaluf, where Mercedes invited her family for her hen party. The McQueen clan soon descended and set about sabotaging the wedding.
It was so much fun, going on there with all your friends, who I havent seen properly in a year. Im just loving it, Jennifer said.
Jennifers return thrilled fans and the character was soon causing trouble, calling off her wedding to Russ Owen and drawing closer to old flame Sylver.
Mercedes is the heart of the mischief and the drama, Jennifer said. She thinks shes changed but she absolutely hasnt – as weve just seen!