Kathryn Thomas has opened up in the past with the difficulties she had conceiving. The presenter and her husband, Padraig suffered two devastating miscarriages before they had their daughter Ellie in 2017.
However, her pregnancy with Ellie was not all plain sailing, as she spoke about the fears she experienced through it whilst on Doireann Garrihy’s The Laughs Of Your Life podcast this week.
“I’ve talked a lot about this at this point, that myself and Padraig, we struggled a lot to bring Ellie into the world and it was quite a long journey.”
Speaking out when she was “finally” pregnant with Ellie she said; “We went into Holles Street that morning, and this young nurse was there and she was doing the scan and she said, ‘oh I’m not happy with the heartbeat’, so she said ‘you’re going to have to come back in 10 days.”
“The next day I was doing the autumn launch for RTÉ. I was hosting it and I was on radio at the time as well, and I just went ‘I cannot do this, I can’t do it.’”
“I just rang and said I have to take a few days out, I just was not able to cope, and I think it had been years of being ok… and getting myself into a space where we were so positive, and then our world just crashed.”
The 41 year old revealed that those 10 days before the scan were “horrific” and involved lots of distraction; “It was the longest 10 days in the world, can I tell you, it was horrific. I did a lot of walking, I did a lot of eating toast with butter, I did a lot of bawling me laps out.”
“I was crying in the car on the way in, for me it was almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy and I’d held it together, and just on that day we went in and I could not stop crying.”
However, after the scan the couple were told the pregnancy was “doing great.”
“In what was kind of a very stressful time in our lives, that moment was just, it was like time stood still.”
Kathryn and Padraig welcomed baby Ellie into the world in 2018.