Broadcaster Kathryn Thomas has shared intimate pictures from the moments just before and after she gave birth to her baby girl, Grace.
The TV personality gave birth to Grace Anne McLoughlin on Tuesday morning at 11.35am at the Coombe Hospital in Dublin.
Kathryn and her husband, businessman Padraig McLoughlin, are already parents to a little girl Ellie and Kathryn has previously been through two miscarriages, intense fertility treatment and surgery.
In a series of Instagram stories, the presenter shared some special moments from Grace's day of birth including an image of her sister Ellie's hat sitting on Kathryn's pregnant belly.
The presenter also shared an image of herself and her partner holding hands as they waited for labour.
A picture showing Kathryn beaming with Grace cradled to her chest and partner Padraig kissing her forehead is captioned "and in one magic moment life changes forever."
The star shared on Thursday she was exhausted after the delivery and thanked the hospital staff for their “incredible care”.
She also thanks the fertility team who helped the couple to grow their family.
“Also to Mary Wingfield and the entire team @merrion_fertility_clinic who were with us from the very beginning helping to make our dreams of family a reality ❤️ #blessed”
In an interview with the Irish Examiner earlier this month, Kathryn described the differences between her pregnancies on Ellie and Grace.
“I didn’t have any issues with tiredness, pain or morning sickness when I was pregnant with Ellie - this time it is a completely different story,” she says.
“That said, I am running around after a young child and I am also 42 and have to recognise that I am no spring chicken. I am listening to my body and to the experts around me as well as to the people who know me best.”
She also criticised the pressure on women to "bounceback" after a pregnancy.
“There is a pressure, not just on women in the public eye, but on women in general,” she says.
“I hate that word ‘bounceback’. When I had Ellie I didn’t think I would be able to breastfeed or that it would be for me, fortunately, I was able to and I lost a lot of my pregnancy weight early on. What bothered me though, was people saying ‘You’ve bounced back!’ - the last thing I felt 10 weeks in was that I had ‘bounced back’.
"I was floored, I was all over the place. I might have looked like I had ‘bounced back’ but I didn’t feel it, so whenever people said it or it was written about me I was so annoyed."