Health & Fitness Ryan Thomas candidly admits he and Lucy Mecklenburgh have struggled with parenting baby son Roman
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Like many new parents,and her fiancé, former Corrie actor have had a lot to contend with over the past few months.
As well as adapting to life with a newborn, they’ve also had to deal with the pressures of raising a baby during a nationwide lockdown.
And now Ryan, who is also dad to 11-year-old daughter Scarlett from his previous relationship with Tina O’Brien, has opened up to on the obstacles they’ve faced since little Roman’s arrival back in March, in an Instagram Q&A for baby brand WaterWipes.
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“The hardest thing for us was not having any help or support within the house,” revealed Ryan, 36, who earlier this year starred in ITV’s Absolutely India: Mancs In Mumbai with his brothers – twins Adam and Scott, 32.
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“I wasn’t allowed to see my daughter, my brothers [because of the lockdown]. Those are the moments you want to share with the most important people in your life, that was taken away from you, so I found that a struggle.”
Ryan and Lucy, who have been together since love blossomed on Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls in 2017, have faced further obstacles as parents, as Roman suffered with a tongue-tie and a dairy intolerance, which meant Lucy had to change her diet while breastfeeding.
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“It’s Lucy who’s suffered massively through the dairy intolerance,” revealed Ryan. “Lucy can’t have dairy – she loves her feta – all the things have been taken away from her because whatever she’s having, Roman has.”
But since fitness guru Lucy altered her diet, they’ve seen a big improvement in their son.
“It was a real, real tough time, but I think we managed to get that under control a little bit now,” continued Ryan.
The former CBB winner also explained that sleep deprivation has been another source of stress.
“It’s been hard,” Ryan admitted. “It really does change the dynamic when you’re lacking sleep.”
To take some of the pressure off his 29-year-old fiancée, Ryan explained he was as supportive as possible as she coped with the draining task of breastfeeding around the clock, by doing “simple things” that made her day “a bit easier” in those first few months.
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“He [Roman] was constantly on Lucy. That was tough, so I was trying to take the strain off her a little bit,” he said. “I’m not gonna say I was perfect from the start – I was trying to work it out. We’d gone from me and her to a baby and I was trying to change to a total new dynamic of a family.”
Ryan also praised his other half for keeping it real on social media as she has also been honest about the difficulties of sleepless nights and breastfeeding.
“You only see the best bits on Instagram, but Lucy’s showed you some of her not so best bits on Instagram, which is great,” he said. “And she had great feedback from that. I’m happy she shared that with everyone.”
Last week, former TOWIE star Lucy stripped to her bikini and uploaded a snap of her post-baby body to tell her followers about her weight-loss journey and the struggles she’s faced while shedding the 4st she put on during pregnancy.
“Roman’s six months old and to be honest I had this image in my head of being back to regular exercise and healthy eating in six weeks after my all clear from the doctor,” Lucy revealed.
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“Let’s just say it wasn’t quite like that. Biscuits and coffee for breakfast, lunch and dinner some days! If I got one hour to myself I would nap not do burpees haha.
“I tried to fight it and attempted exercise but I just had no energy and wasn’t ready to work out yet.
“So I decided to 100 per cent focus on looking after Roman, feeding him and getting those essential power naps. I wanted absolutely no pressure to ‘bounce back!’”
Lucy explained she’s been enjoying “daily walks with the pram” and postnatal Pilates, but insists she’s not pressuring herself to do more.
“Six months in I’m still not sticking to regular exercise and eating a perfect healthy balanced diet but so what! I work out when I feel up to it and don’t feel guilty if I don’t!” she concluded.
Despite the problems the parents have faced, Ryan says he’s “super proud” of how he and Lucy have handled things since their son arrived.
“I think we’ve coped really well, and there’s still struggles now, but I feel as if we’ve come out the other side a little bit,” he said.
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