Mairead Ronan: 'I honestly didn't think I'd have another baby because of how my life went'
Broadcaster Mairead Ronan has opened up about how "blessed" she feels to be expanding her family.
The Today FM producer (36) is expecting her second child with husband Louis, whom she married last June and she said her second pregnancy is a cinch in comparison to the first time around.
"It makes me laugh because this pregnancy has been so easy compared to being pregnant with Dara at 26 when I was vomiting for four and a half months, with headaches and falling asleep at 6pm every night," she tells the new issue of VIP Magazine.
"Now I'm working three jobs, so it's hilarious that people say that. I was fitter and healthier getting pregnant this time and that probably has a lot to do with it. I felt amazing getting pregnant and I'd love to have more after this one."
Mairead has eight-year-old son Dara from a previous relationship and said she never though she'd be "blessed" enough to have another child.
"I honestly didn't think I'd have another baby because of how my life went. I thought I was blessed to have Dara, a very healthy, easy boy. I do feel very, very lucky. Not everyone gets that chance when a marriage breaks down to get married again when another child is possible. I've been very lucky," she explained.
Dara, who was best man at her wedding, described Mairead and Louis' big day as "our wedding" because he's such an integral part of the relationship.
"He's with his dad every second weekend, so when he's with us, we never go out without him and that's the way it's been since he was three," she said. "When we were getting married last year, he kept calling it our wedding because it was really was our wedding.
"He made an amazing speech, he's a little grown-up. He's a very easy kid and if I were Miriam O'Callaghan, I'd have eight Dara's! But for now, I'll settle with this one coming and then who knows?"
The couple are choosing not to find out the baby's sex and are waiting until September, when she says she won't be focusing on her post-baby weight.
"I will do it at my own pace," she added. "I like being fit, but I know I won't have time to be going to the gym all the time. I will enjoy this baby, enjoy collecting Dara from school every day and I will sort the body out after."
The August issue of VIP Magazine is on shelves now