Janette Manrara sparks outrage as parenting row erupts after return to work 6 weeks after giving birth

Janette Manrara

Janette Manrara returned to host Morning Live this week

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 08/09/2023

- 13:42

Updated: 08/09/2023

- 13:43

The Strictly Come Dancing star and partner Aljaz Skorjanec welcomed daughter Lyra-Rose on July 28

Janette Manrara returned to screens this week as part of the presenting team on the BBC's Morning Live.

The decision to return to work comes after she'd already confirmed her comeback to Strictly spin-off It Takes Two later this year.

Manrara has decided to throw herself straight back into the workplace just six weeks after welcoming her baby daughter alongside her husband Aljaz Skorjanec.

On July 28, Manrara gave birth and the dancer has been vocal with her followers about the challenges her first foray into motherhood has posed.

However, it still hasn't stopped her from getting back to presenting duties, with Manrara sparking a fierce debate among her fans when she shared a snap of Lyra watching her on TV.

"It was so nice to be back on @bbcmorninglive today w/ @gethincjones and the whole gang," Manrara captioned the snap of her hubby cradling her daughter in their lounge.

Aljaz Skorjanec and baby Lyra

Aljaz Skorjanec and baby Lyra watched Janette present from home


She continued: "But what made it extra special, is that Lyra (Rose) got to watch her Mami doing her thing at work for the first time w/ her cousins Zala and Tisa.

"So special to know that they were all watching together at home! This photo melted my heart. I cannot wait cuddle her all day now!"

"To all the working moms out there…. You’re incredible and we’ve got this," she signed off triumphantly.

But Manrara's determined attitude to get back to work has prompted a number of followers to accuse her of "rushing" back too soon.

She's also been accused of trying to "normalise" mums returning to work while their newborns are only a matter of weeks old.

Taking to the comments of Manrara's aforementioned post, one fan fumed: "I know Mums have to work but personally I think this is too soon and it looks like they have a good standard of living!!!

"Mother and baby bonding is so important. Mind you Dad looks very hand on."

And a second echoed: "This isn’t personal and I mean no disrespect, but I wish celebs wouldn’t normalise mums going back to work when their babies are tiny.

Janette Manrara

Janette Manrara shared a selfie from her dressing room before taking to the studio


"Most of us don’t want to, aren’t physically or emotionally ready and it’s not what’s best for us. It’s a shame Jeanette feels pressured into going back so soon."

Another encouraged the star: "Give yourself some time, too early to go back to work. You only have these times once x."

While a fourth hit out: "Why back at work so soon?? You even said your incision hasn't healed yet!"

Manrara hasn't publicly addressed these concerned fans' comments but a number of other fans rushed to praise the dancer for returning to work.

"It so good to see you back on the screen," one fan replied in the presenter's defence.

While her Morning Live co-star Rav Wilding weighed in: "So good to have you back RaRa!" (sic)

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