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Denise Lewis, 46, reflects on ‘challenging’ life as an older mum as son Troy makes TV debut

Denise Lewis has admitted it was ‘a challenge’ adjusting to life as an older mum, after she welcomed her son Troy at the age of 46.

The former Olympic heptathlon star revealed her fourth child came as a ‘surprise,’ after previously thinking she had already started the menopause.

Denise welcomed Troy in December with husband of 12 years Steve Finan O’Connor and the adorable tot made his TV debut alongside his mum on Tuesday’s Lorraine.

Cute: Denise Lewis, 46, has admitted it was 'a challenge' adjusting to life as an older mum after she welcomed her son Troy, as the tot made his TV debut on Tuesday's Lorraine

Cute: Denise Lewis, 46, has admitted it was ‘a challenge’ adjusting to life as an older mum after she welcomed her son Troy, as the tot made his TV debut on Tuesday’s Lorraine

With Troy happily perched on her lap, Denise told Lorraine Kelly: ‘He was a huge surprise having had three children we thought we were past going for another.

‘I thought I was entering menopause and lo and behold there he was!’

The athletics pundit went onto admit her pregnancy and labour were ‘difficult’, and she came close to having her son via. an emergency cesarean.

‘I was a bit concerned about being older and any complications, and my mum was really worried about whether my body could go through, it is a traumatic experience,’ she said.

Adorable: The former Olympic heptathlon star revealed her fourth child came as a 'surprise,' after previously thinking she had already started the menopause

Adorable: The former Olympic heptathlon star revealed her fourth child came as a ‘surprise,’ after previously thinking she had already started the menopause

Doting: As Troy say happily on his mum's lap, the tot was on his best behaviour throughout the interview

Doting: As Troy say happily on his mum’s lap, the tot was on his best behaviour throughout the interview

‘The labour was very challenging, my contractions were almost disappearing, they’d start and then there was nothing, and that made the health professionals get quite anxious. 

The heptathlon star continued: ‘Every time I had a contraction his heart rate was dropping. At one stage I thought I was going to have an emergency c section but I just wanted to get him out safely.

‘I think the mental approach to giving birth is you do have to visualise and trust and be confident and the people around you, like your athletic team.’

Lovely: Denise added that her son has perfectly fitted into the family, and her three older children 'gravitate towards him'

Lovely: Denise added that her son has perfectly fitted into the family, and her three older children ‘gravitate towards him’

Open: The athletics pundit went onto admit her pregnancy and labour were 'difficult', and she came close to having her son via. an emergency cesarean

Open: The athletics pundit went onto admit her pregnancy and labour were ‘difficult’, and she came close to having her son via. an emergency cesarean

Tough time! Denise also told Lorraine that had her concerns about falling pregnant at an older age, as she and husband Steve Finan O'Connor thought they were past trying for another

Tough time! Denise also told Lorraine that had her concerns about falling pregnant at an older age, as she and husband Steve Finan O’Connor thought they were past trying for another

Relaxed: Troy looked incredibly cute in a cosy blue and red cardigan as he made his daytime TV debut

Relaxed: Troy looked incredibly cute in a cosy blue and red cardigan as he made his daytime TV debut

And having continued to exercise throughout her pregnancy, Denise added: ‘Being 46, I didn’t want to take any chances by being too exuberant in the gym, I didn’t want to risk my health and his and keeping a good nutrition and good health throughout.’

And six months after welcoming her son, Denise said the addition has perfectly fitted into the family, telling Lorraine: ‘He’s been an absolute blessing, the kids gravitate towards him, that relationship and seeing the children they actually focus and dote on him. The boys love him. 

‘They were unsure how they would be affected but you realise you’ve got so much to give each and everyone in a different way, he just couldn’t have come at a better time in my life, there are times when you just have to pause and take the time.’ 

‘Parenthood is difficult with older children. Not just being an older mum I’m an experienced mum I don’t panic I don’t get flustered and despite everyone saying you are older, I found that if you’re not in a rush and take time to get in tune with your baby you can sail through it.’ 

In shape: Denise also spoke her decision to continue exercising throughout her pregnancy, but said she was careful to avoid being too 'exuberant'

In shape: Denise also spoke her decision to continue exercising throughout her pregnancy, but said she was careful to avoid being too ‘exuberant’

Sweet: The star added that Troy 'couldn't have come at a better time in her life,' and she's learned to stay calm despite the stresses of motherhood

Sweet: The star added that Troy ‘couldn’t have come at a better time in her life,’ and she’s learned to stay calm despite the stresses of motherhood

Lovely: The sports pundit added: 'I found myself just being so in tune and happy, I'm in a good place'

Lovely: The sports pundit added: ‘I found myself just being so in tune and happy, I’m in a good place’

Denise also explained that she’s been able to bring her son along to some of her work commitments since giving birth, and the tot looked right at home as he appeared on Lorraine throughout the interview.

‘I’ve done a few events so far this year, I needed that for myself I could go up and get going and make sure to know my career is ticking along. He just follows suit he’s just been brilliant.’ 

‘I found myself just being so in tune and happy I’m in a good place.’

Happy: Denise also explained that she's been able to bring her son along to some of her work commitments since giving birth, and the tot looked right at home throughout the interview

Happy: Denise also explained that she’s been able to bring her son along to some of her work commitments since giving birth, and the tot looked right at home throughout the interview

At ease: The star's son looked right at home as the sweet tot appeared on the daytime TV mainstay

At ease: The star’s son looked right at home as the sweet tot appeared on the daytime TV mainstay

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