Sunday 28 December 2014

'I had my blood sent to the States to ensure my baby would be okay', says Maura Derrane

EIMEAR RABBITTE

Published 22/02/2014 | 09:16

TV presenter Maura Derrane & The Fittest Woman on Earth, Samantha Briggs, spotted at Today FM studios, Dublin, Ireland - 30.08.13. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Maura Derrane
Maura Derrane is pregnant with her first child
Maura and husband John Deasy TD

RTE star Maura Derrane has opened up about her pregnancy concerns and revealed she underwent tests to ensure all was well with her baby.

However, the 43-year-old described her pregnancy as the "right time" for her and blamed society for putting too much pressure on women to start a family in their younger years.

The Today host recently revealed that she is expecting her first child with husband, TD John Deasy, and is five and a half months pregnant.

"Of course, there is an increased risk, so I had some tests done," Maura told the Herald.

"As you get older, you do worry a little more about what can happen. There's a really good blood test that they send to the States to check everything's okay and I had that for my peace of mind," she added.

Maura did not undergo an Amniocentesis, which searches for certain birth defects such as Down Syndrome, as she felt it too invasive.

The presenter, who is an ambassador for the First 1,000 Days initiative, described the first four months of her pregnancy as "rough".

Maura looked radiant in a black dress with cream fringing when she launched the campaign to drive awareness of the long-term impact of good nutrition during pregnancy among expectant mums.

Maura said it was "now or never" when it came to having a baby, but insisted that she never felt any pressure and enjoyed her carefree younger years.

"However, when you hit 40, you think, 'should I?' and it was now or never," she said. "Thank God it just worked out."

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