KATHRYN Thomas said she definitely felt her second pregnancy a lot more than her first.
The TV presenter is due to have her second child later this year, a brother to three-year-old girl Ellie, with husband Padraig McLoughlin.
And she admitted it hadn’t been so easy this time around.
The presenter said: “We’re thrilled, absolutely thrilled, but I went for a walk this morning and I’m definitely slowing down, feeling bigger and heavier.
“I was lucky, I felt great throughout, but over the last couple of weeks I can feel the urge to slow down and take it all out.
“People told me it would be a lot harder, but you forget that besides being pregnant you have someone pulling out of you, wanting to be lifted, you have to move them around and dress them.
“Last time I was reading, getting massage while pregnant, and doing yoga, all of those things. This time I can’t remember the last time I washed my hair and the only reason I’m washing it today is because I’m going to dinner.
“But listen, this is great. I definitely know the difference between the two experiences.
Kathryn is back with a new series of No Place Like Home, where she travels around Ireland in a motorhome, to show the best of this country.
The last time, she took Ellie with her, but her daughter is only there for a few adventures.
She said it was nice to have her there on trips to Cork and Donegal but a month on the road “just wasn’t fair”.
The rest of the time, Kathryn did it alone, with the team on site.
But before the new baby arrived, it was nice for her to spend some one-on-one time with Ellie.
The 42-year-old said: “I know the one to two will be a very different experience, so it was so nice to have those two weeks with her on the road on my own.
“I know there won’t be a lot of time for that kind of bonding in the weeks and months to come, so there recently we did a Saturday day trip together.
“We took the bus into town and crossed the Ha’penny Bridge and went to Smyths Toys and then had coffee and cake. It was a lovely girls day.
“I know she will keep these memories, because every time she sees a motorhome, she asks when we are going to get back in the van.
“So it was nice to create those moments with her and have her experience things with me. And on the show we have photos and images to look at in the years to come. While in October and November , it will be a very different time.
For Kathryn, who started her career at RTE with travel shows like No Frontiers, she is well aware that she won’t be flying anytime soon.
She said: “I was telling Padraig last night that it had been almost two years since I had been on a flight. Before Covid, although she was only one, she came with us to the Caribbean, to the United States and with me to LA. She was that age where you could throw her on the hip if you wanted to.
“Now next time I go I’ll probably be scruffy, with a double buggy, scooter, diaper bag and 100 other pieces. It will be a very different travel experience.
So she said that even though she was working for No Place Like Home, it was “like a vacation”.
And Kathryn praised the reception staff who go out of their way to make sure people enjoy their stay.
She said: “Last year there was a bit more nervousness and apprehension, but everyone was just happy to be outside. There is a general feeling that Ireland is amazing and not appreciated.
“Hospitality is better this year and I just feel like I’m on the road that some of these people have hospitality in their bones, they’re there to welcome people.
“You can see this year that they know what they’re doing, they all know the regulations but it’s very difficult with the staff and the stock levels, but they’re just excited to be back to some normalcy.
“Sometimes it can be a bit like the Cead Mile Failte is just for American overseas tourists, but there was a really warm welcome everywhere and they are all so authentic and Irish and people are delighted to welcome so many Irish in their communities and businesses and being able to share so much in common.
- NO Place Like Home airs tonight (Sunday) at 6.30 p.m. on RTE One.