Sunday 18 August 2019

'We've wanted a family for so long' - Kathryn Thomas reveals joy over pregnancy

Kathryn Thomas with fiance Padraig McLoughlin. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas with fiance Padraig McLoughlin. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

RTE's Kathryn Thomas said she's keeping her options open when it comes to her wedding, now that she's mid-way through her pregnancy.

The Operation Transformation presenter (38), who is five months pregnant, has pencilled in a date in late summer to walk down the aisle with fiance Padraig McLoughlin.

Kathryn Thomas. Photo: Andres Poveda Photography
Kathryn Thomas. Photo: Andres Poveda Photography

However, she said they're now "toying" with all their plans as they had dreamed of starting a family for so long.

"We kind of set a time and a place and everything else but this has been a long time coming so this [pregnancy] is a priority for us now, it's taken priority," she said.

"Our friends and family understand that. If we go with it, great. If we go to Vegas the week after the baby, then great. But we'll make it up as we go along."

Looking healthy and sporting a very neat bump, she said she's keeping up with some of her workouts, but has modified them to accommodate her pregnancy.

"On my doctor's advice, I eased off on the training. Myself and Padraig had wanted a family for a long time so it was kind of a real blessing for us," she said.

"So under advice, I eased off on the training. I just slowed down a little bit and now I'm going back to the gym again. I'm taking medical advice and doing what feels right for me. I know what feels right for me is getting out there twice a week and getting my gym sessions in.

"I've cut back on my running but for me, it's important to stay healthy and promote a healthy pregnancy."

Kathryn said she's been "feeling great" and has so far sailed through the last 20 weeks.

"I've been very lucky. I've had no nausea. Touch wood, I'm feeling great," she said.

She was back in front of the cameras yesterday for an Operation Transformation (OT) event, which saw thousands of applicants narrowed down to just 19 finalists.

They all took part in an assessment day, at the Sport Ireland Arena in Blanchardstown, where they met the four OT experts and took part in a live broadcast with RTE's Ray D'Arcy, where they spoke about their reasons for wanting to change their lives. Drawn from all areas of the country, among those hoping to be picked as a team leader is Ursula Brady (35), from Athenry, in Galway, who weighs 23st.

The stay-at-home mum-of-two has suffered from health problems in the past. After giving birth to her first child Adam (9), she began having seizures and was eventually diagnosed last year with a brain tumour.

"I have to lose weight to have that surgery, and that was the kick in the behind that I needed, because I pretty much hid for a while from the diagnosis," she said.

Also hoping to make it on to the show is Niamh Byrne (34), from Swords, Co Dublin, who weighs 16st 5lbs.

The mum-of-two is currently on maternity leave from her job with Aer Lingus but said she would love to lose weight to allow her more mobility in work. The five successful applicants will be announced over the course of this week, on the Ray D'Arcy Show.

Filmed over eight weeks, the show will start in early January. Last year's team leaders have collectively lost more than 15st 10lbs since starting the OT plan.


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