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Shocking Lottie Ryan opens up on being trolled for returning to work four months after giving birth

'I was quite shocked that it mostly came from other mothers. I am over it now but at the time it did really upset me'

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Lottie Ryan

Lottie Ryan

Lottie Ryan

Lottie Ryan has opened up about being trolled for returning to work just four months after giving birth to her first child.

When the new mum returned to her role in 2FM, she enrolled her son Wolf in crèche.

Speaking to RSVP Magazine, she said that she found the comments shocking.

"I am usually pretty good about that stuff and I am fairly thick skinned,” she said.

"Maybe it is because I am a first time mum, it is not that I am insecure, but I am learning and my husband and I are figuring things out as we go along.”

"When other mothers have opinions like that and feel like they can share them publicly with you, I found that very unnerving,” she explained.

“I was quite shocked that it mostly came from other mothers. I would be lying if I said otherwise. I am over it now but at the time it did really upset me, I found it very hurtful.”

As someone in the public eye, Lottie said she finds it hard to defend herself as it would escalate the issue.

"It is not my style either, I tend not to engage with trolls. I learned not to waste my breath.”

“I don’t know if these people think that their messages aren’t seen or if they think they are somehow being anonymous.”

“Or do they presume to know your life and your circumstances? I used to get messages saying 'Oh, her career is too important to her. It is disgraceful that you would put your child in creche.'

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"They know nothing about me, I am a self employed working woman and I am trying to provide for my family.”

The radio presenter said she was forced to return to work so soon after giving birth because she is self-employed and has financial commitments.

“I have bills to pay so staying off work wasn’t an option. I am self employed so I have to do what I have to do.”

“I knew that was going to be the case, as it is for most people who are in the self employed world.”

“You can only take a certain amount of time away from work and that is a fact of life. In hindsight, it was good for me mentally to start doing something that made me feel like myself,” she added.

Lottie confessed that she loves being back at work and in the 2FM office with her colleagues.

"It was also great to see my work colleagues and being back in the radio studio again gave me a huge confidence boost."

"I love being back in the office, although it is under very different circumstances. It is not the way it used to be, however, I am not complaining.”

"Just being there and being in the building, there is something magic about it,” she said.

“That is why I do what I do. For me, in a creative sense, I love being able to bounce ideas off people without having to organise a Zoom meeting.”

Lottie and husband Fabio Aprile welcomed their first child together in June, seven weeks before his due date.

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