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'I’d see people getting pregnant naturally with absolutely no bother and it would be really hard to take'

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 Evanne Ni Chuilinn (from her Instagram page)

Evanne Ni Chuilinn (from her Instagram page)

Evanne Ni Chuilinn (from her Instagram page)

RTÉ sports broadcaster, Evanne Ni Chuilinn, has opened up about her IVF experiences, revealing that she had tried for three years to get pregnant naturally. 

The 40-year-old, who is expecting her third child early next year, admitted that she had put the IVF option “off for so long” as she worried it might not succeed.

“I was terrified that the last chance saloon wouldn’t work,” she said in an interview with the Irish Examiner.

It would have been “almost dishonest not to let it be known that I did IVF because I tried for three years to get pregnant naturally and I couldn’t,” she added.

“It was something we wanted for a long time. I’d see people getting pregnant naturally with absolutely no bother and it would be really hard to take so I didn’t want people to think it had happened naturally when it didn’t.”

For Evanne and her husband Brian the treatment worked first time, although she had to pull out of going to Tokyo to cover the Olympic Games in July as she was suffering from hyperemesis, a type of all-day sickness which is experienced by a very small percentage of pregnant women.

She will instead be presenting RTÉ’s coverage of the Paralympics from Dublin later this month.

“I had it on my other two children so I kind of expected it. It’s really debilitating because you get yourself into a cycle of vomiting,” she revealed.

Anti-nausea medication is helping to control it and even though she feels sick “all day long unless I get extremely tired, I don’t vomit”.

Evanne worked on RTÉ’s coverage of the Athens and Beijing Games from Dublin and went to Rio for both the Olympics and the Paralympics in 2016.

She says she is looking forward to the Paralympics this year as it’s a “less stressful and less hectic event”.

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“In Rio, there was a lot of military presence during the Olympic Games and they definitely scaled it back during the Paralympics, probably because there weren’t as many people around the city so it was a more relaxing experience.

“At the Paralympics, you get more access to athletes and you have the opportunity to really hear their stories.”

She also believes that the Irish Paralympic team is very strong.

“The athletes are elite athletes in their own right and they have their own medal hopes. They have probably more medal chances than the Olympians.”

She considers the opportunity of getting to the Olympics and the Paralympics in Rio as highlights of her career, saying, “there were so many good days and bad days to report on”.

She also enjoyed the All-Ireland finals and last year’s camogie final even though it was “strange” because there were no fans.

“It was the Saturday before Christmas, the place was lit up, it was a bit magical because it was a night-time game,” she explained.

“I always wanted to present and All-Ireland final and I got to do that last year. But there have been loads of highlights and hopefully there will be many more as well. I can’t wait to present the Paralympics.”

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