Lucy Mecklenburgh has admitted she didn’t feel under pressure to lose her post-baby body putting on four-and-a-half stone during her pregnancy with Roman.
The former TOWIE star, 30, who welcomed her 19-month-old son with fiancé Ryan Thomas, 37, last March revealed she felt happy embracing her newfound curves as she left her body to recover.
‘When I was pregnant, I was in such a happy bubble. I actually put on 4 1/2st, and I thought: “I don’t think I’ll ever be the size I was before,” but I wasn’t really bothered,’ she told The Sun.
‘I didn’t care how I looked’: Lucy Mecklenburgh reveals she didn’t feel any pressure to snap back after putting on 4.5 stone during pregnancy
‘Then when I had Roman, I thought: “Six to eight weeks and I’ll be back into my workouts and eating well.”
‘But I was knackered so I didn’t want to. I needed to leave my body to recover and I didn’t care how I looked. After six months, I started some light workouts and eating better, but I train so differently now compared with before Roman,’ she added.
Lucy told how she focuses on a ‘low impact’ workout while looking after her mind nowadays, as opposed to her old ways of ‘smashing it out’ and ‘being lean’.
Looking good: The former TOWIE star, 30, who welcomed her 19-month-old son with fiancé Ryan Thomas, 37, last March revealed she felt happy embracing her newfound curves (pictured in August)
It comes after she revealed Roman was taken to intensive care and put on a ventilator after she found him ‘blue in his cot’.
The influencer took to Instagram last month to tell fans about the health scare and admitted she Ryan may ‘never fully recover’.
Roman spent nearly a week in intensive care – it is not known what caused his illness – but his parents confirmed he is now back at home safe and sound.
Scare: It comes after she revealed Roman was taken to intensive care and put on a ventilator after she found him ‘blue in his cot’ (Lucy’s fiancé Ryan pictured in hospital with Roman)
Lucy wrote: ‘As some of you may have noticed we haven’t been on social media lately. Just over a week ago I found Roman blue in his cot – probably every parent’s worst nightmare.
‘Without going into two much detail it ended up with Roman being transferred to St Mary’s London intensive care being put on a ventilator.
‘Thankfully we are now all home and Roman is back to his cheeky self.’
Lucy said the experience has made her want to get involved with charities for sick children and the hospital where Roman was taken.
Statement: The influencer took to Instagram last month to tell fans about the health scare and admitted she Ryan may ‘never fully recover’
Ryan wrote: ‘No words can explain how grateful we are to have our little boy home safe after spending nearly a week in intensive care’
She wrote: ‘I am eternally grateful to the ambulance service for arriving so quickly, to Basildon hospital, the CATS team (Children Action Transport Services) St Mary’s London PICU and Cosmic Charity (Caring for babies & children in intensive care).
‘I would love to do something in return and help other sick children and their families. I’d like to help with the new children’s garden area at Basildon Hospital as it’s unusable at the moment and I know it would bring so much joy to children on the wards.
She added: ‘I’d also like to support Cosmic charity with a donation from us, and a promise I will support this charity as much as I can in the future.
‘If you would be generous enough to support this incredible charity there’s a Just Giving page in my bio which would mean the world to me if you made a donation and this is why.
Giving back: Lucy said the experience has made her want to get involved with charities for sick children and the hospital where Roman was taken
‘Cosmic Charity raises significant funds for the children’s intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital London which Roman was transported to when Basildon Hospital could simply do no more for him.
‘The charity helps by funding high tech equipment that helps save children’s lives that the NHS is unable to fund, support and on-site accommodation for parents & families which I can confirm is so greatly appreciated by the parents of the children in intensive care too get some much needed rest knowing they are so close.
‘Training and education for health professionals & clinical research into life threatening childhood diseases. Funded incubators for babies in intensive care, hundreds of hours counselling for families and frontline staff.’
Support: The couple were inundated with well wishes from their followers and celebrity pals with Kate Ferdinand writing: ‘Poor Roman, sending you all lots of love xxx’
Lucy finished her message by saying how much the experience had opened her eyes to all the work carried out by NHS staff.
She said: ‘Although mentally we as a family may never fully recover, we feel extremely blessed to have our special boy home in our arms.
‘It has truly opened our eyes to all the hardworking superheroes working in our hospitals who dedicate their lives to helping others and how extremely lucky we are to have these incredible medical services free for us all in the UK. Thank you NHS and all the charities that support the NHS.’
Family: Lucy and Ryan welcomed Roman back in March 2020, while Ryan is also father to daughter Scarlett, 12, with his ex Tina O’Brien
Ryan took to Instagram and shared a photo of himself cradling Roman in his arms at the hospital.
He wrote: ‘No words can explain how grateful we are to have our little boy home safe after spending nearly a week in intensive care.
‘As parents it’s been one of the scariest times of our lives but with thanks to our amazing doctors & nurses we have king Roman back playing, smiling & more importantly eating, i would like to thank the @nhs and also @cosmic_charity who have been unbelievable, You both really are the real life superhero’s’.
The couple were inundated with well wishes from their followers and celebrity pals with Kate Ferdinand writing: ‘Poor Roman, sending you all lots of love xxx’.
Ryan’s former Coronation Street co-star Catherine Tyldesley wrote: ‘Oh darlings… I’m so sorry you’ve all been through such a scary time. I’m so glad he’s OK. Sending you all so much love xxxx’.
Fellow Corrie star Samia Longchambon sent a love heart while Denise Van Outen and Love Island’s Alex George both wrote: ‘Sending love’.
Lucy and Ryan welcomed Roman back in March 2020, while Ryan is also father to daughter Scarlett, 12, with his ex Tina O’Brien.
The couple first met on Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls in early 2017.
Over the moon: The couple confirmed they were expecting a baby boy with a sweet Instagram post back in September